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The Paris Campus of Schiller International University is organizing a Study Day on Wednesday, May 6th on the theme of political uncertainty.

The theme of political uncertainty is more than merely topical. If politics is the unexpected happening all the time as Hannah Arendt said, then it

Higher education is a unique opportunity for you to acquire knowledge, skills, and experiences that will prepare you for a successful future. In an increasingly globalized world, studying in a multicultural environment can be a transformative experience that goes beyond theory and provides you with an invaluable set of advantages. 

Here are four compelling reasons why choosing to study in a multicultural environment can enrich and boost your academic and personal life.

5 good reasons to study in a multicultural environment

Expand your knowledge and perspectives 

One of the key advantages of studying in a multicultural environment is the opportunity to expand your knowledge and perspectives. Being exposed to diverse cultures, ideas, and ways of thinking allows you to see the world from different viewpoints and develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the global reality. You can learn about different traditions, customs, languages, and value systems, which helps you develop an open-minded and inclusive approach towards cultural diversity.

Develop your intercultural skills 

Studying in a multicultural environment also provides you with the opportunity to develop valuable intercultural skills. Effective communication, empathy, adaptability, and conflict resolution are some of the skills that you can develop by interacting with people from different cultures. These skills are valued in today's job market, where the ability to work on multicultural teams and understand the needs and perspectives of people from different cultural backgrounds has become increasingly important.

Expand your global networks 

Studying in a multicultural environment could be the opportunity to expand your global networks. Getting to know and connect with people from different cultures around the world can help you build international connections that may be valuable for your future professional career. You can establish friendships and connections with classmates, professors, and industry professionals from different parts of the world, allowing you to have a diverse and extensive global network. These connections can be a source of employment opportunities, professional collaborations, and a better understanding of global markets and cultures.

Boost your global mindset 

Studying in a multicultural environment also helps you develop a global mindset. You learn to appreciate and understand cultural differences, adapt to diverse environments, and see the world from a global perspective. This helps you develop an open, flexible, and problem-solving-oriented mindset, which are essential skills in an interconnected and diverse world. A global mindset also enables you to better understand global challenges and contribute more meaningfully to solving global problems.

Grow personally and professionally and discover yourself 

As a student immersed in cross-cultural exchanges, you have the opportunity to expand your horizons, discover new facets of your own identity, become more understanding, and develop the ability to make complicated decisions. Exposure to different cultures and ways of life also helps students develop empathy, tolerance, and conflict resolution skills, which contributes to your growth as an individual and a global citizen.

Studying globality through globality 

All in all, studying in a multicultural environment offers a range of significant benefits to you as a student. From expanding your knowledge and perspectives to developing intercultural skills, expanding your global networks, and helping you to adopt a global mindset, studying in a multicultural environment can enrich your academic and personal life in invaluable ways. Students who choose to study at an internationally-focused university, such as Schiller International University, have the opportunity to live a unique experience, where they can learn while immersed in internationality, studying in a real multicultural environment, and being in contact with markets and companies from different corners of the world.

Be global at Schiller International University 

If you're looking for a unique and multicultural educational experience, consider studying at Schiller International University, a university with four campuses located in different parts of the world (Madrid, Tampa, Paris, Heidelberg), where you can learn by living while immersed in internationality, studying in a real multicultural environment, and being in contact with markets and companies from different corners of the world, guaranteeing that you will expand your global mindset to its higher potential. 

Join us and discover the power of studying in a multicultural environment and prepare yourself for a successful future in an increasingly globalized world. Be global with us

may be further said that the past fifty years of this university’s existence has accompanied the normalcy of ongoing disruption. Today’s uncertainty forces us to ask questions anew and even aspire to achieve a degree of lucidity known by past generations.

To pursue research on this question of political uncertainty, several angles of interrogation may be explored. First, having posed the existence of uncertainty, it may be judicious to question this very premise. That is to say, what are the conditions to determine what constitutes political uncertainty? Second, what are the lessons that can be drawn from history and past experiences of contexts which can be considered to have been described in terms of political uncertainty?  Third, how may this problematic be developed according to different disciplines that study political phenomenon – history, political science, economics, sociology, etc.?  Other lines of questioning may also be pursued with the hope that they join the aforementioned in a fruitful exchange.

We will have the special pleasure of hosting as invited speaker Mr. Edward Cross, economist, former MP (MDC) of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, and commentator on the economies and politics of southern Africa and Zimbabwe.

Each paper to be read will be allotted 30 minutes of presentation followed by Q & A sessions. Papers are ideally to be at least 2500 words.

Special consideration is given to graduate students.

Contributors may send a proposal of no more than 300 words to the following email address: paris@schiller.edu

Deadline for proposals/ call for papers: Friday, April 17th.

Only a select number of papers will be read due to limited time and space.

Location : Maison internationale d’Accueil Saint François d’Assise, 220 rue de la Convention, Paris 75015

Program (provisional) :

8h00 – 9h30 welcome café/tea/croissants

9h30 -12h00 workshops/presentations in conference room and amphitheater

12h00 – 13h00 lunch

13h00 – 15h30 workshops/presentations in conference room and amphitheater

15h30 – 17h00 closing session and remarks

For questions, feel free to contact the Director and Dean of the campus, Dr. James Brown, at jbrown@schiller.edu.

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