The purpose of this research report is to further explore and critically analyse intercultural competence and to evaluate intercultural competence of myself along with comparison and detailed examination of interaction with another participant in an experiment: a Cultural Other (CO), culminating in a self-reflecting report. This research report aims to provide opportunities to interact with people of various cultures and to deepen the understanding of the cognitive and behavioural aspects that mediate intercultural communication between people of various cultures and their sincerity towards such interactions.
In light of the aforementioned, this report includes a thorough discussion of the various features of both intercultural communication and intercultural competence, which give rise to practical questions that are posed and subsequently discussed with the results of an interview with the CO, and multiple meetings with him that reflect the importance of intercultural communication and competence. The conclusion reveals how various cultures are open to accepting and interacting with other cultures as well as how important such interfaces are in order to thrive in an environment such as universities and other educational institutions.
Culture has varying definitions which include all the aspects that shape an individual’s thoughts and behaviour. When migrating to, or arriving at a place with people from diverse cultures, it is important to focus on intercultural communication, so as to peacefully conduct the sojourn, as well as learn from the instances and interactions. Psychologists and educationalists thus arrived at the term ‘interculturalism’, which refers to the dealings with people of different cultures. Interculturalism is a broad term coined to include the variety of cultures in light of the societal, economic and political contributions that various cultures contribute towards in a singular setting. The term differs from ‘multiculturalism’ as it includes the aspects of mutual tolerance, respect and positive attitudes, as explained further (Barrett & The Council of Europe, 2013).