Posts Tagged 'international communication'

A Week at Aarhus University/Aarhus Business Institute, Denmark

By Robert Shuter

Robert Shuter (far right) with people from Aarhus University, DenmarkAarhus is the second largest city in Denmark—a beautiful community on Jutland Island, about a half hour by plane from Copenhagen. Sponsored by two business schools in Aarhus, I  was distinguished guest lecturer for a week and spoke at Aarhus Business Institute and Aarhus University Department of Business. Both schools are keenly interested in culture and communication—as are many European business programs—and the Danes and  Swedes have been big fans of intercultural communication. Why? Since both are small countries —about five million in Denmark and 9 million in Sweden—they have to export their products globally, and that means understanding their neighbors in Europe, Asia, and even the U.S.  As a result, they take culture and communication very seriously and realize that without effective intercultural relations, the European Union—consisting of 27 Western and Eastern European nations—won’t reach it’s goal of becoming one, unified Europe.  So why invite me to Denmark to lecture for a week? Continue reading ‘A Week at Aarhus University/Aarhus Business Institute, Denmark’

Seven Weeks in Lebanon

By Jim Scotton

Hariri Canadian University campus in Beirut, Lebanon

Photo Source: Hariri Canadian University website.

I am spending about seven weeks in Lebanon this summer teaching at Hariri Canadian University outside of Beirut. I am trying to orient International Communication course toward the Arab media. I am also doing research on the Middle East media since I have a contract to co-author a book on international communication. I am doing the chapters on the Middle East, Africa and China and the manuscript is due at the end of December.

I should be used to this by now since this is my seventh overseas university teaching assignment in six countries in Africa and Asia. There are 29 students in my class, which is an elective. All the students are majoring in either Engineering or Business. The university is fairly high up in the hills outside Beirut but it still gets hot during the 2-3:30 p.m. class. We have classroom fans, but if you turn them up you cannot hear much of anything.

Hariri Canadian University (HCU) began as a College of Business in 1999 with the help of Canada and the Hariri Foundation.  It now has 1500 students on three campuses. Rafiq Hariri, a former Prime Minister of Lebanon who was assassinated in 2005, wanted to develop a university that would help moderate income Lebanese students get a university education with tuition kept low through scholarships and a cooperative education program.

HCU has some strong Marquette connections. The university President since 2004 is Dr. Abdul-Rahman Arkadan, who was on the MU College of Engineering faculty before taking his new post in Lebanon. The Chair of the Department of Humanities and Languages and my supervisor is Sandra Whitehead. She has an M.A. in Journalism from Marquette and has taught in both the College of Communication and the Professional Studies Program.

Jim Scotton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at the Diederich College of Communication.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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