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    Optimizing cooperation in international research groups

    Tuesday, 12 March, 2019 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 19 March, 2019 - 16:00
    Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus
    Building F
    room F4.113

    Target group

    -          Members from the Doctoral Schools and other researchers. Belgians and international participants are welcome.

    -          Maximum 12 participants




    Jeanne Boden, PhD - Managing Director at Cultural Quantum and  ChinaConduct® www.jeanneboden.com
    www.culturalquantum.com (download free e-book)


    International cooperation is often complex. Academic contexts across nations and cultures differ substantially in educational preferences, organizational and management culture, individual skill requirements, and expected behaviour of PhD students (level of independent work, individual choices, mentorship, etcetera) vis-à-vis promoters, professors and third parties. Ethics, teaching and communication methods, (self-)management and more may differ in different contexts. Joint PhD candidates may be confronted with expectations from both universities. Working across time zones and efficient long-distance cooperation is challenging. Apart from all practicalities, cultural differences can play a substantial role.

    In this course, you learn to map your position within the international team and within your network of international relations, interests and stakeholders. This will help you to understand who you are and what you want to achieve, what others expect from you and how you can manage their expectations. You will feel more comfortable and will be able to work more efficiently, and reach your goals.


    2 days (10:00 - 16:00)

    Course content

    • Day 1: theory, cases, discussions

    In the first part, we look at different political, legal, social, cultural contexts. We introduce the concepts of Extended Civilizations: pyramids and pillars, Cultural Quantum, and Five-Step Method. You learn to assess your individual background (your cultural preference of communication, ownership, leadership, organization, conflict solving, negotiating,) and to map your specific constellation within all the international stakeholders (researchers, professors, companies, …).
    You learn to reflect on international cooperation at a meta-level and at the different layers (long distance cooperation, team dynamics, hierarchical versus flat organisations and the conflict between them in your own project). You learn to assess your strength and how to leverage it.

    In the second part, we discuss the cases from the pre-course questionnaires as to make sure that the content of each course is in line with the needs and expectations of the participants.
    The assignment (self-assessment and presentation) will be introduced at the end of day one.

    • Day 2: Presentations and discussion

    -          Presentations: students present their self-assessment (your position in your individual international constellation, your strengths and weaknesses, your short-term and long-term goals and how you plan to achieve them).

    -          Feedback, discussion, gathering methods, formulating tools.

    -          A flyer will be created after the course.

    Teaching methods

    Seminar, assignments



    Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

    Presence and active participation
    Assignments (questionnaire, self-assessment, presentation)

    !! Attention: Participation in this training will NOT automatically appear in your online PhD portfolio, fill out this form and let it sign by the instructor as proof of participation.

    Practical Information

    Tuesday 12 March 2019 from 10am - 4pm in room F4.113
    Tuesday 19 March 2019 from 10am - 4pm in room F4.113

    Campus Etterbeek

    Registration: (Max. 12 participants)

    Register here

    Free of charge for PhD students 

    We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral.schools@vub.be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list. 

    Please be aware of the fact that the cancellation and no-show policy of VUB applies. Cancellation of your participation is only allowed up to 48 hours before the start of the course. Otherwise, the policy as described on the doctoral school website will be followed.

    Registration Rules: https://student.vub.be/en/phd/doctoral-training#registration
    No Show Policy: https://student.vub.be/sites/vub/files/no_show_policy_may2017.pdf