Multicultural Days 2019 – for smoother integration in Lithuania

Important | 2019-10-24

On October 27–31, Multicultural Days – an event for Kaunas University of Technology student and academic community – will take place. Organised KTU Department of International Relations, the workshops and seminars lead by international lectures will focus on the topics of multicultural communication.

“The events of Multicultural Days are oriented both at our new international students and at our community. We are aiming to improve the students’ adaptation and integration after their arrival in the new country. The workshops and seminars will focus on emotion recognition, cultural shock symptoms and dealing with difficult feelings”, says Audronė Račkauskienė, Head of the International Study Office.

International students are invited to the workshops “Landing in Lithuania” on October 27, 28, 29 lead by Piero Gentili and Carlos Guillemot.

“Many of us know that, when we start living in a new country, we might experience culture shock. We miss things from home, we do not understand the habits of the other people, we have some communication problems. We will discuss and share some experiences and tips to manage it in the best way possible in a very interactive and non-formal way”, promise the lecturers.

During the Multicultural Days, the activities of the new India Centre at KTU will be introduced. According to Račkauskienė, as Indians comprise the largest international community of KTU students, the University is aiming to provide two-way knowledge for the student community: Indian students will be informed about Lithuania and the University community will get into deeper understanding of India, its culture and traditions.

The aim of the event “Sveiki-Namaste” hosted by Dr Runa Chakraborty Paunksnis is to spread awareness about the cultures and customs of Lithuania and India among the members of the KTU family – especially the Indian students and the Lithuanian/Foreign Faculty since cultural barriers often hinder the process of effective communication. This activity is designed to facilitate a strong relationship between Indian and Lithuanian communities by making participants aware of the nuances of Indian and Lithuanian cultures. A Group of Indian Students from Dev Sanskriti University, India will participate in the event.

“Though geographically far apart, India and Lithuania have similar political, social and cultural histories. I believe that our student and academic communities will benefit from each other through intellectual and cultural transactions”, says Dr Runa Chakraborty Paunksnis, the Head of the new India Centre.

The full programme of the Multicultural Days here.

Registration to the events here.

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