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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!


Proud to have the USI
as our Academic Advisor!


Join us for our next “Basel Meet-Up”

Wed 11th April, 6pm @Soup&Chill


Collective Success through Cultural Intelligence
Nurturing Diversity for Societal Advancement, Creativity & Innovation

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Intercultural perspectives: Joe Kearns interview

Irishman Joe Kearns worked as a software engineer and businessman before turning to the intercultural field. Today he is the director of Carmine Training, an intercultural consulting firm. He served for several years as SIETAR Ireland’s representative on the board of SIETAR Europa and was the driving force behind the creation of the SIETAR Europa Special […]

Corporate member in the limelight: Pesche Eigenmann

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Adelina Stefan’s Report on Recent Research

The Challenges and Trends of Multinational Corporations in Dealing with Cultural Diversity through HR Practices: Recruitment and Selection and Training and Development In a globalized and highly competitive market, the need for human capital has become more and more prevalent, and organizations seem to be face a series of challenges in dealing with diversity. Similarly, […]

Cultures Don’t Meet, People Do: Taking a Closer Look at Intercultural Interactions

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Intercultural perspectives – An interview with Barbara Covarrubias Venegas

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Diversity: What’s in the name? – Prof. Dr. Jolanta Drzewiecka

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