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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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Latest News and Articles

Performance appraisal in multinational companies: the most culturally sensitive HR practice? by Dr. Samer François Nakhle

As more multinational companies (MNCs) expand their international operations, they are becoming more exposed to, and gaining experience in, the diversity of cultures, customs and practices in each country in which their subsidiaries are located.  It is also argued that multinational companies are one of the vehicles diffusing these practices, because one important activity of […]

“Facts instead of Myths”: A Blog Project on Migration and Asylum by Laure Sandoz

Migration and asylum are sensitive issues. They create emotions and opinions that do not always reflect realities. The blog “Facts instead of Myths” (Fakten statt Mythen/Des faits plutôt que des mythes) contributes to ongoing debates by discussing generally taken-for-granted assumptions by means of verified facts. A collaboration between the Swiss Refugee Council and the Swiss […]

Advancing the global refugee discussion – Report on PLuS Alliance Event, Friday, July 7, 2017 by Joyce Jenkins

My introduction to intercultural training was in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1983, running training courses for Cambodian families who had been granted asylum, to prepare them for their new life in the U.S., Canada, or Europe after fleeing the Khmer Rouge’s ‘Killing Fields’.  I was a student volunteer, and it was an impactful […]

Teamwork that works by Eva-Maria Hartwich

Working on a project in a team can be great fun. Or a disaster. Or something in between. How can you achieve your project objectives while maintaining the fun part of co-working? Allow time and room for agreeing on your team’s workflow: who takes decisions on what and who does what and how. It’s as […]

An interview with Makiko Deguchi, President, SIETAR Japan (since April 2017) by Liliana Tinoco Baeckert

What started your interest in intercultural issues? I was born in Japan but I grew up as a third culture kid (TCK) in the U.S. and Canada, so I not only struggled between the values and ways of thinking of Japanese and North American culture, but also as an Asian person in a predominantly White […]

When sexual and intercultural education must come together by Liliana Tinoco Baeckert

Students come from all over the world to study hospitality management in Switzerland. At one hotel school, students attend from over 50 different countries, with a growing number coming from Mainland China. For many of them, it is their first time away from home: a time to experiment and test new boundaries. Together with their […]