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Improving Your Cultural Intelligence

Mainland Student Services
Improving Your Cultural Intelligence
16 OCT 2020 | 06 NOV 2020

Cultural Intelligence is a person's ability to relate and work with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. People with similarity in ideas, beliefs and behaviours make up a given culture. Cultures are formed in small groups, large groups or populations. We are living in an increasingly diverse society which is only going to get more diverse. Cultural Intelligence is an absolute essential skill for progress and success in the future ahead of us.

The following topics will be covered.

  • What is a culture? What role culture plays in the way people interact?
  • What is the role culture plays in shaping our values, beliefs and behaviours?
  • What strategies can be used to mingle and work with diverse cultures?

In the programme, students can

  • reflect on their own culturally conditioned values and behavioural preferences and how those influence their interactions with others
  • develop an awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented by culturally diverse settings
  • understand the role of culture in personal and professional life
  • develop an awareness about the cultural diversity in Hong Kong


Dr. Nimisha Vandan, Post-Doctoral Fellow of the School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

During PhD, her research focus was on understanding the effect of culture on patients’ access to healthcare, their experience with healthcare system, cultural competency of healthcare professionals and mental health of ethnic minorities. She is passionate about intercultural care and recently got certificate in “Intercultural communication”. She did her Masters in International Health from The University of Tokyo, Japan and Bachelors in Pharmacy from India.

This programme is divided in two parts.

Part 1:

CCL Seminar: Improving Your Cultural Intelligence

At the end of the seminar, students will be able to:

  • Learn the cultural theories
  • Understand the role of culture in personal and professional life
  • Learn the ways to improve cultural intelligence

Date: 16 October 2020 (Friday)
Time: 2:30-4:30pm
Medium of instruction: English
Format: Zoom
Registration period: 30 September 2020 – 14 October 2020
Registration method: Complete the online application form

Part 2:

Experiential Learning Tour: Chungking Mansion (CCL)
(The seminar " Improving Your Cultural Intelligence " on 16 October 2020 is a prerequisite of joining this tour.)

At the end of the tour, students will be able to:

  • Experience Hong Kong South Asian community
  • Understand the negotiating across cultures

Date: 6 November 2020 (Friday)
Time: 14:30-16:30
Medium of instruction: English
About Chungking Mansion: and
Remarks: 1. Students who completed the seminar “Improving Your Cultural Intelligence” will be notified on the registration arrangement 2 weeks before the tour. 2. Depending on the latest development of pandemic, this tour may be cancelled.