Diversity within an organization or group can introduce many advantages that include but are not limited to an increase in creativity and innovation. However, there are challenges to creating effective diverse teams with internationals, students and/or young professionals. Some of these challenges include difficulty in integration, cultural shock, and social withdrawal.
"Live the Future Now- For Diversity, Education and Research" funded by the Thuringian State and the University of Jena, is a welcome event for new English-speaking international students in Jena, and early-stage researchers. It aims to help accelerate social integration and educate internationals on how to deal with cultural shock.
The program is to run from the 20th – 22nd October, 2022 and it includes a hiking trip for participants to socialize and integrate with other internationals and locals.
Benefits from this program
As a result of this program, participants will grasp the concept of acculturative stress and how it impacts them in a new setting. They will learn how to manage and conquer it so they can perform at their best.
Participants will learn how to manage their finances and career path while studying, working, or conducting research. The information supplied will be valuable now and in the future.
participants will discover beautiful landscapes in the State of Thuringia- Make friends with other new students, internationals and researchers, and can Kick-start their journey with valuable networks.
The "Live the Future Now" program will span three days, culminating with a hiking expedition on the last day.
This year's event will have approximately 200 attendees, with 80 in-person and 120 virtual participants.