Cultural awareness

GCU London is leading a £615,000 project to help academics and university staff across Latin America and Europe work effectively with students from diverse cultures.

The award is the first major research grant secured by our London campus and sees researchers work with their counterparts at universities in El Salvador, Mexico, Argentina, Spain and Italy over the next three years.

The project, Professional Development in Intercultural Competence in Higher Education Institutions (PROFIC), is being backed by the Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education fund.

Staff can develop their intercultural knowledge, learn skills to help students increase their cultural awareness, and build intercultural competence into their personal development programmes.

A free online toolkit is being created to highlight the richness and creativity that diversity brings to university life. It will ensure the study has a wider impact on the HEI sector, in the UK and around the world.

Partners in the project include the Union of Universities of Latin America and the Caribbean (UDUAL), the University of Guadalajara and Veracruz University, in Mexico, the University of Cordoba, the University of La Plata and the University of Lanus, in Argentina, Guglielmo Marconi University, in Italy, the University of Deusto, in Spain, and the University of El Salvador and Don Bosco University, in El Salvador.

The funding is a great boost and shows that our focus on research-led teaching and educational innovation is paying off."

Dr Dane Lukic
Research Lead for GCU London