China Expo 2010: Helping Develop Intercultural Competencies

Photo of Canada Pavilion in Shanghai

In 2010, Shanghai, China will welcome the world. More than 170 international participants and up to 90 million visitors are expected to attend Expo 2010. In addition to showcasing Canada's vibrant cultural communities and robust business, trade and technology sectors, Expo 2010 will provide Canada with a voice in the world forum in which to discuss issues of global importance relating to the theme Better City, Better Life.

The Centre for Intercultural Learning and Heritage Canada's International Expositions Directorate are collaborating to help develop the best possible skills for members of the Canadian delegation heading to Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. This partnership builds on the previous efforts of both organizations leading up to Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

This new arrangement will seek to leverage the Centre's body of knowledge about intercultural competencies required for short-term assignments. To achieve this, the Centre is implementing a learning and transfer evaluation with the Heritage Canada staff and will offer three core services:

  • A Pre-departure training program delivered on February 4th and 5th, 2010;
  • A Mid-Term Review, planned for July 2010 in Shanghai.;
  • A Debriefing course, planned for the end of the year 2010.

In addition to the range of services listed above, the Centre developed a multimedia cultural resource as part of the Pre-departure student materials package. This DVD-ROM provides country overview information on China as well as insights into Chinese culture through video clips, interviews, intercultural decoding tools adapted for traditional and emerging Chinese cultural tendencies, and other related learning resources.

The pre-departure program was delivered by a Centre facilitator and Canadian-Chinese Subject Matter Experts. In addition, two guest speakers from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada complemented the training by providing an update on Canada-China relationships. Discussion groups, case studies and role-plays were some of the various methodologies during the course delivery, with particular emphasis on the emerging trends influencing China today.

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