Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)

At a time of accelerating globalisation, UCD College of Business has developed a leading-edge Intercultural Development Programme (ICD) which is offered to all postgraduate students at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.
ICD celebrates our diversity and aims to optimize your potential to succeed in and contribute to our diverse global society.

Purpose of the Intercultural Development Programme (ICD)

The ICD programme is an innovative research-driven and theory-based intercultural intervention which aims to enhance your employability and career advancement, and will help you to stand out among the crowd by developing your Key 21st-century Skills.

Benefits of the ICD programme

Being the first and only programme of this kind in Ireland, ICD is designed to systematically develop your Key 21st Century Skills, including intercultural competence, communication, time/task management, conflict management, and working in traditional (in-person) and virtual teams.

ICD will help you lay a solid foundation for your future success in the global job market. The skills you will learn will be valued by companies, NGOs and governments around the world who operate internationally, together with national companies and organisations who employ and serve an increasing diverse population.

ICD will strengthen your CV and give you an edge as you search for a job and participate in interviews, giving you an advantage over graduates from other Business programmes.

How does ICD work?

All Smurfit students will be automatically enrolled in ICD. ICD offers a flexible approach for you to complete your own intercultural development path by completing the Introductory ICD or the Advanced ICD.

An ICD information webinar will be held in August 2021 for incoming students. An email invitation with registration details will be sent to applicants in June 2021.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the benefits of the ICD Programme.

Intercultural Support

Our Intercultural Development and Support Officer, Dr. Linda Yang, offers intercultural support to both Irish and International students on a range of issues, including academic and sociocultural transition and integration, adapting to multicultural classes, multicultural groupwork, cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural friendship and the development of intercultural competence.

To help students maximize their learning in a diverse environment, Linda delivers lectures and workshops, and offers one-on-one individual and group consultations.

Dr. Linda Yang

Dr. Linda Yang

Intercultural Development & Support Officer

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