In this two week long Academy students will be introduced to the theory and methodology of assessing intercultural dynamics and challenges in society and creative solutions to the latter. Through lectures and trainings the participants will develop an awareness for cultural based dynamics. Additionally, participants go out in the field and apply their newly acquired knowledge and methods. The students will be actively observing and researching in their project work that involves getting to know the city of Xi‘An and its people shaping the cultural space and face of the city (e.g. the Muslim community of Xi‘An).
Furthermore participants will be trained in and introduced to Design Thinking by S.LAB, a Shanghai based Think Tank which incorporates the acquired methods of week one and methods of designing creative solutions for global challenges on a microlevel. Here, the students will have to work on a project for which they will receive input and ongoing coaching from the lecturers, trainers and designers. In addition, lectures on intercultural Management and applied research methods for intercultural assessment will be held to create further academic understanding of the methods introduced to the students.