About the Lab
About the Monash Intercultural Lab
The University has committed to ensuring intercultural competence is a hallmark of a Monash education.
The Monash Intercultural Lab (MIL) supports the implementation of the University’s Intercultural Competence (ICC) strategy by investing in a program of work that responds to, accommodates and embraces diversity across the University. Housed in the Arts Faculty, the MIL is well-positioned to harness the University’s existing strengths in education and research, as well as our commitment to engagement activities that create a strong sense of inclusion and build social cohesion in the communities in which we operate.
The MIL strategy is informed directly by the Focus Monash: Strategic Plan 2015-2020 and Focus Education Agenda 2018-2020. The MIL draws Faculties, central areas and student representatives together around the following focus streams and associated activities:
To provide all Monash students with a range of opportunities to increase their intercultural competence. The MIL has oversight of a suite of programs for Monash students that includes coursework programs and co-curricular programs, as well as study abroad experiences. Our aim is to ensure that Monash students have the intercultural skills to thrive in globalised workplaces and communities.
To ensure that all Monash staff (academic and professional) demonstrate intercultural competence appropriate to their role. The MIL offers a suite of programs for Monash staff that includes CEED modules and a range of professional development modules.
To support research related to the development of ICC skills and foster interdisciplinary and international research collaborations. The MIL will play a key role in developing an evaluation strategy that will enable the University to monitor the impact of interventions on ICC for different cohorts of students, staff, and relevant external stakeholders.
To create a sense of inclusion and build social cohesion in the communities in which we operate. The MIL will foster and build enduring partnerships with industry, government and other organisations to have the national and international reach to address the intercultural competence challenges and to maximise the impact of its research and education.