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In these times of globalisation and migration, we are all interacting with people with different cultural backgrounds. We don’t need to go far anymore.
Diversity is part of our daily life, no matter what profession we have, no matter if we want to see it or not. Intercultural contacts have become part and parcel of many people’s life in many different fields.

The intercultural agenda is becoming the world’s agenda.

SIETAR Switzerland was founded in 2015. We are a diverse community of individuals and organisations, all sharing a strong interest in the intercultural field. We strive to raise intercultural awareness, taking a stance on intercultural topics in our multicultural society. In a collaborative and inclusive spirit, we wish to provide a platform for intercultural dialogue and to serve as a point of reference.
If you are interested in becoming a part of SIETAR Switzerland, please do take the time to browse our site and join us at one of our events!

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Our 2020 Congress « The Future of Inclusion » has come to an end and we wish to again thank all of the speakers, sponsors and participants for such an enriching experience. It gives us great pleasure to share the recordings of the various sessions of this congress with the SIETAR Community and beyond.
We are also delighted to announce the date of our next congress: May 13-15, 2022 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland.

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SIETAR Switzerland News

SIETAR Switzerland is proud to announce it has been invited to join the global community of the UNESCO’s collaborative e-Platform on intercultural dialogue!

Announcing SIETAR Switzerland’s collaboration with the Swiss Students’ Union on the “Perspectives-Studies” project for refugees

It was a great honor to be approached by the Swiss Students’ Union (VSS-UNES-USU) in 2019, regarding a possible collaboration for their “Perspectives-Studies” project which has now been in existence for 3 years and has already met with a considerable measure of success

Latest Articles

Diversity: Key to creative processes in interdisciplinary teams

by  Dr Ingunn Johanne Ness, Senior Researcher and Theme Leader at the Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology (SLATE), University of Bergen, Norway.    Introduction In today’s global market, creativity is considered one of the most important requirements when it comes to adapting to change and being able to innovate both in organizations […]

Relating across cultures in university classes: Understanding and addressing the challenges

by Dr. Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick Employers frequently identify the ability to work effectively in diverse teams, including the ability to communicate and relate well with others, as one of the crucial skill sets they are looking for in graduates (e.g. British Council, 2013, 2018; Coffelt & Smith, 2020; Diamond, Walkley, Forbes, Hughes, & […]

We say “Good Bye” to our former Editor, Tawa BRAIMAH

With a journalistic background acquired in Ghana, her home country, Tawa  Braimah joined us as volunteer editor whilst she was completing a Master of Intercultural Management at the University of Bourgogne, France. Tawa is now working as the Community Manager and Content Lead for Women in AI, an NGO dedicated to improving gender diversity in the […]

Announcement about SIETAR Switzerland’s 2022 Congress

It is our immense pleasure to announce the dates and venue for our 2022 Congress! The Congress will be held on May 13th – 15th, 2022 in Yverdon-les-Bains, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland Our venue sponsor is the Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie & de Gestion, Canton of Vaud PLEASE SAVE THE DATE!   We’d also like to […]

Learning to Live Together on an Equal Footing in Culturally Diverse Societies – Finding Mutual Paths for Inclusion

by Tom Waterhouse It is one of the great paradoxes of much work in the field of inclusion that it takes as its starting point difference rather than commonality, what separates us rather than what we share. The intentions behind such an approach are, of course, good. Where the participants in a dialogue around differences […]

Extending the Paradigm from Diversity & Inclusion to Belonging & Wellbeing

By Vincent Merk, Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Management & Community Advisor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are popular topics at the moment in society in general and in business and academia in particular. Consequently, it was natural to address this issue during the SIETAR Switzerland (S-CH) congress this year: not […]