Monash Intercultural Lab

Monash Intercultural Lab

The Monash Intercultural Lab (MIL) works to ensure students and staff have the intercultural skills to thrive in globalised workplaces and communities. Monash University is committed to ensuring that intercultural competence is a hallmark of a Monash education.

What is intercultural competence?

And why is it important? We naturally tend to see the world from our own perspective, through the lens of our own environment. However being able to understand the world through multiple lenses is a powerful tool for your study, career and life.

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Learning & programs

Monash offers a range of cultural literacy programs to suit your needs whether you are a student, an educator, or are seeking professional development in intercultural competency to further your career.

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  • About the lab

    As part of the University's Intercultural Competence Strategy, the MIL oversees a suite of programs for Monash staff and students, as well as external organisations.

    Research & Engagement

    The MIL coordinates research, community engagement and outreach activities that build social inclusion and community cohesion in a globalised world.

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    Young scholars from Monash and Warwick create successful panel session on research methods at MITN conference

    Five doctoral members of MITN created an excellent panel on methods of their research: interviews and surveys. The panel induced a great interest from experienced academics and was a great demonstration of how people from different disciplines can work together in order to contribute to the scholarly literature.

    Academics, practitioners and activists meeting at the University of Warwick call for language teaching and learning to be seen as essential in today’s global society and urge policymakers to adopt a national and international strategy to break the monolingual mindset which can limit access to social and economic opportunity and wellbeing.

    Keynote by Rebecca Wickes at forthcoming Crime Prevention & Communities conference

    PMSI Research Leader and Associate Professor of Criminology, Rebecca Wickes has been invited to present the keynote address at this year's Crime Prevention & Communities conference ‘Translating evidence into practice'. With a research track record and expertise on demographic changes in urban communities and their influence on social relationships, community regulation, victimisation, crime and disorder over…

    The role of transnational networks and mobile citizens in South Sudan’s global community: A pilot study focused on Melbourne and Juba

    Population, Migration and Social Inclusion (PMSI) Research Associate, Dr Sara Maher, the lead researcher for the Melbourne site of the transnational South Sudan Diaspora Impacts Project, has co-authored the project’s concluding report titled; ‘The role of transnational networks and mobile citizens in South Sudan’s global community A pilot study focused on Melbourne and Juba’. The…

    Talking about time: linguist Dr Alice Gaby takes a look at ‘space-time mapping’

    While for English speakers the past is ‘behind us' and the future ‘in front', linguistic researchers understand there are also languages where the past is in front of us and the future is behind, or where the past is up and the future is down. There are cultures where the past is associated with the…