Mainstreaming Intercultural Competences in Education Projects.

MICEP is a project to support the development of intercultural competencies for students and professionals in the fields of education, training and social intervention. And to share and transfer innovative practices and innovative approaches to facilitate the development and implementation of diversity sensitive projects.


Based on a thorough needs analysis, the aim of MICEP is to contribute to the mainstreaming of intercultural considerations, approaches and competences in education and social interventions projects and school programmes focusing on these. The specific objectives of MICEP are:

To facilitate the transfer of academic knowledge of students in education and social interventions into skills and competences needed in the labour market. There is need to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This will be achieved through developing and implementing outputs that facilitate blended learning as well as interactive and cooperative learning.

To valorise pedagogical innovations in the field of interculturality. A good number of educative/social inclusion projects have developed relevant and innovative pedagogies based on the intercultural approach. They are not always properly disseminated to a larger audience. We intend to make a collection of such methods to value them, ensure that more people learn from good practices/past experiences.

To integrate an intercultural approach into educational and social intervention projects. Beyond knowledge, concept and ideas on interculturality, it is necessary to empower students with the capacity to address diversity in all projects on the field; from needs assessment, to the delivery and evaluation, through project construction and preparation. We lean on the approach of project based learning (PBL) where active exploration of real-world challenges and problems is used as an instrument to promote a more student-centred learning approach and by the way to promote better links between higher education and labour market needs.

To develop ICT based learning tools that enhance the sharing and collaborative development of practices in educational projects. Advantage is taken of ICTs to support social engagement and social entrepreneurship and promote intercultural and civic competences of students. ICT here are key instruments for sharing, innovating and learning across borders.


Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC)

Université Paris Est Créteil (France) is the largest multidisciplinary university in the Paris region, founded in 1970. With a student population of around 30 000, UPEC offers a wide range of training programs in over 300 disciplines, spanning from the bachelor to the doctorate level through its 7 faculties. UPEC carries out a responsive and high quality research in 8 main strategic areas, such as biology and health, chemistry and materials science, environmental science, humanities and social sciences, etc. The university houses 31 research centers and has 1600 professors and researchers. International openness is a priority for UPEC. The university has a dense network of international partnerships in Europe and beyond. With more than 250 international agreements and programs, UPEC endeavors to make knowledge and experience-sharing easier, by generating full-fledged programs of instructional and scientific cooperation.

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ELan Interculturel (ELAN)

Elan Interculturel (France) is an organization created by psychologists, researchers, trainers – most of whom were immigrants in Paris – who were interested in exploring and developing new methods to facilitate intercultural communication, collaboration and adaptation. The main objectives of Elan Interculturel are to create a better understanding of how diversity affects our life, to raise awareness of the resources inherent in diversity and to develop competencies for individuals and organizations to benefit from cultural diversity and cross-cultural transitions. Elan Interculturel develops and leads training for professionals working in intercultural situations, offers workshops and informal learning opportunities for individuals living cross-cultural transition or in cultural contact zones, undertakes research in intercultural and social psychology aiming at a better understanding of intercultural dynamics. The organization is engaged in international collaborations and projects as a means to develop new tools and methodologies facilitating intercultural contact or adaptation.

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Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary). The mission of the Institute of Intercultural Psychology and Education –founded in 2005- is to carry out interdisciplinary research and provide teaching of intercultural and intergroup relations, social integration, and equality of opportunity as well as to the apply research findings, knowledge and skills in practice. Research work in the Institute addresses themes such as ethno-cultural identity construction, coping with stigma and discrimination, identity and acculturation strategies. Another area of research covers teacher attitudes toward migrant students and multicultural education as well as school integration of minority groups, the representation of Romas in textbooks and teacher selection practices in Hungary. Gender beliefs and attitudes toward feminism and their identity aspects are also research topics in focus.

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Artemisszió Alapítvány (Artemisszio)

Artemisszio Alapitvany (Hungary) is a Hungarian based independent private non-profit organization since 1998. Its mission is to encourage continuous dialogue and interaction between culturally, ethnically and socially diverse groups and to foster their mutual understanding. The NGO is supporting the social integration of socially and culturally disadvantaged groups through developing and conducting intercultural training courses, educational materials and methods, integration projects and mobility projects for youth. The organization also provides services for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

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Mary Immaculate College (MIC)

Mary Immaculate College (Ireland), founded in 1898, is a publicly-funded higher education institution, academically linked to the University of Limerick, and providing a wide range of programmes in Education and the Liberal Arts at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and over 3.500 students are engaged in studies here. The College has two faculties (Education and Liberal Arts), as well as various centers of research, and a research and Graduate School. It offers degrees at bachelor, master and doctorate level.

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