Sabrina K. Garba
SIS Room 235B
The IC Program helped establish the field and continues to pioneer new directions in research and study of international communication
Intercultural Management Institute (IMI), the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco), and the Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)
Curriculum that merges theory and practice in the four major professional clusters
Hands-on experiential learning workshops with distinguished scholar-practitioners and professionals in the field, and internships in the Washington, DC area and with organizations around the world
The IC Program designs new approaches to international education by incorporating research abroad for graduate students, as well as collaborative education and training with groups of visiting professionals from foreign countries
In an increasingly globalized market the ability to communicate effectively across cultures is a vital and high-demand skill.
According to a recent Ipsos Public Affairs Poll, 60% of employers globally say that intercultural skills are important to their organization. Despite this, only 30% of employers say that students entering the job market have sufficient intercultural skills.
According to Clifford Young, Managing Director of Ipsos Public Affairs’ Public Sector Research and Political Polling: “In an increasingly globalized world, the market is demanding more than hard skills. The three Rs – reading, writing, and arithmetic – are just the necessary condition to enter into the workforce. Now employees need to know how to work in teams, communicate, and most importantly as the workforce becomes increasingly mobile, they need to have the skills to negotiate different social and cultural environments. Our research shows a clear demand for these skills amongst employers globally.”
The IDPP, led by COTELCO, promotes an inclusive and barrier-free global society. It offers a Master's in Disability Policy, AU's first all-online degree.