Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 4, No. 3 (2007)

The Intercultural Dimension of Higher Education: Opening New Educational Pathways

Miguel A Santos Rego, University of Santiago de Compostela
Maria del Mar Lorenzo Moledo, University of Santiago de Compostela


In light of the reality that the internationalization of universities leads to the development of greater intercultural sensitivity, the University of Santiago de Compostela has recently created a program of intercultural education known as TRIBUS IBERICAS. The description and evaluation of this program are the main objectives of the study. Our paper explains the theoretical and practical foundations of a pioneer program in Spanish universities called Iberian Tribes, designed, implemented, and evaluated at the University of Santiago de Compostela, with about a hundred students from various fields of study, from social sciences to technology. The program provides encounters between professors and students and artists, writers, and professionals from the local community as well as from abroad, focusing on issues relevant to Intercultural Education, such as immigration and social development, immigration and education, women and present-day immigration. Results demonstrate that students are highly satisfied with the program and are motivated to incorporate innovations in their teaching-learning process.

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