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Introducing the Centre for Global Intercultural Communications

The Centre for Global Intercultural Communications is the first Irish hub for intercultural competences. We offer a range of intercultural training to help participants effectively engage across differences and thrive in a multicultural context.

Leandro Soto, Yemaya’s Anchor Credit: Reproduced with the author’s kind permission

Our mission is to engage key stakeholders in education and industry to support: lifelong learning; intercultural competence; global engagement; employability; economic growth; equity, diversity and inclusion.

Intercultural competences are the transversal skills required to master communication and to successfully, ethically and creatively collaborate with international colleagues, partners and institutions.

Intercultural intelligence builds confidence and adaptability in multicultural encounters and contexts. This is increasingly vital for collaboration and growth across all sectors.

Our courses draw upon evidence based insights from the European Commission’s Training and Development Framework, the European Skills Agenda and Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages.

These sources indicate that in order to capture global markets, strengthen sustainable competitiveness and facilitate inclusion in the recovery of European economies we need to understand cultural differences, communicate across cultures and languages, and empower people to continuously upskill and reskill.

Centre Aims

  • Provide multi-faceted pathways in intercultural training and languages for business and industry, so as to enhance the responsiveness of enterprise in international activity.
  • Promote ethical awareness of the environmental and human rights issues of industry engagement with the specified regions.
  • Provide a flexible and inclusive learning environment facilitating lifelong upskilling/reskilling.

Industry Collaboration

The Centre for Global Intercultural Communications combines extensive academic and enterprise experience in co-designing training opportunities for upskilling and reskilling in support of employability and inclusion.

Our industry partners are a sounding board for the design of courses attuned with the evolving needs of the market and informed by up-to-date case studies, perspectives and methods.

We are open to new partnerships with business, industry and enterprise. Please contact Mary Clark (Centre Administrator), at if you want to be involved.

Who can benefit?

Our courses are of interest to individuals and organisations wishing to further develop their careers and business opportunities by exploring new perspectives and applying intercultural communication methods for inclusive management and equitable partnerships. Our flexible modules, bespoke training and postgraduate programmes enable participants to develop intercultural communication skills and ethical decision-making abilities for successfully engaging with diverse audiences and markets.

Courses can be tailored to various cohorts: lifelong learners, leaders and entrepreneurs, employers, those in employment, people seeking to return to work, postgraduates, undergraduates, and people with limited access to education. Our courses offer flexible learning modalities (including online and face-to-face contact) and flexible timetables, with a view to support inclusion and lifelong learning.

The intercultural competences and specific skills provided by this CPD will support the performance of employees, leaders and entrepreneurs across all sectors, from manufacturing and services to the creative industries.

What Regions?

The Centre focuses on regions that have been identified as increasingly important markets for Irish organisations and entrepreneurs and where gaps exist in relation to intercultural and language expertise.

They include: Francophone Africa and Africa in general; Latin America and the Caribbean; The Middle East and Gulf Regions; Europe; and Asia-Pacific countries, particularly China, Korea and Japan.

world map highlighting countries mentioned above

Image legend:

  • Blue: Francophone Africa
  • Turquoise: Rest of Africa
  • Purple: Middle East and Gulf Regions
  • Green: China, Korea and Japan
  • Orange: Central, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean
  • Red: Latin America and the Caribbean
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