Our services are meaningful to you if:
You take up a leadership position in another country.
You work with an international team long distance and would like to have more impact.
You are a member of an international team and would like to understand your colleagues better.
You have to go abroad and negotiate contracts and projects.
You are a project manager working across nations and cultures.
You want to build trust with your international partners.
You have a question about international and intercultural cooperation.
You want to strengthen your position internationally.
We work for companies (e.g. Imec, Punch Powertrain, Umicore) and universities (UGent, KU Leuven, UHasselt, VUB).
Our main clients are leaders, sales or communication people, engineers, and researchers working internationally.
Nationalities we worked with:
Albania, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
What customers say about us:
“I attended Optimizing cooperation in international research groups out of curiosity. The overall experience was overwhelming and it was very useful. It made me reflect and concentrate on even the smallest aspects of dealing with international cross-cultural teams.”
Vijaykumar Guddad (India) PhD Researcher UGent, ELIS
“A two day session from Cultural Quantum made me aware of the details in international cooperation. The use of participant’s cases made the session quite interactive and breathtaking.”
Michael Tetemke Mehari (Ethiopia) PhD Researcher UGent, Department of Information Technology
“My everyday working reality involves interacting with stakeholders from a wide range of countries and cultures. Although extremely interesting, the differences between cultural practices can have a big impact on the outcome of a project. Some of the challenges I have faced have been extremely frustrating. That being said, the Cultural Quantum training I received was deeply informative. I was equipped with concrete guidelines to understand and assess the differences between cultures and their practices. Moreover, our facilitator, Dr Jeanne Boden, brought her lifetime of international experience to the sessions, and was exceptionally skilled in her capacity to articulate the often-subtle cultural nuances that we were all trying to understand. Interestingly, I also learned quite a lot about myself, and how my own cultural background fits into the larger globalized world…Plus one for self-confidence!”
Darian Pearce (South Africa) PhD Researcher UGent, Department of Agricultural Economics (Previously with Prime Africa Consultants, Pretoria, South Africa)
“Optimizing cooperation in international research groups helped me understand the different levels of international cooperation: from background of all the parties involved and communication, to cultural, political and educational context in which the cooperation occurs. I was able to reflect on my own position in international constellation, analyze situations I faced, and get to know my own strengths and weaknesses and how my previous educational and social background shaped me into a person I am today. These important realizations will pave the path to improving my day-to-day and long-term international experiences.”
Aleksandra Zečić (Serbia) PhD Student, Ghent University, Department of Biology, Laboratory of Aging Physiology and Molecular Evolution
Optimizing cooperation in international research groups is extremely helpful if you want to improve your assertiveness and self-knowledge as part of international groups. I learned a lot from other participant`s backgrounds and points of view. Being away from home and facing a new culture is a challenge and this course helped me to better understand my position among the people around me.
Leandro Paulo De Almeida Reis Tanure (Brazil), PhD researcher, UGent, Department of Material Science and Engineering