Publication: Speaking across borders: the role of higher education in furthering intercultural dialogue


One of the outcomes of the International Association of Universities 2009 International Conference in Lebanon ( was the joint IAU/Council of Europe publication of the following
book on the Role of Higher Education in promoting intercultural dialogue.
Edited by Sjur Bergan of the Council of Europe and Hilligje van’t Land of the IAU, Speaking across
borders – published in the Council of Europe Higher Education Series, no.16 - explores the role of
higher education in developing intercultural dialogue in our societies. It includes contributions from
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. The book demonstrates that education will
need to play a key role in developing the ability to conduct intercultural dialogue, which fosters the
rapprochements of cultures. It sets out the political context for intercultural dialogue, explores how
universities can become actors of intercultural dialogue and offers examples of good practice from
various parts of the world. (For further information:

Furthermore, IAU maintains a series of WebPages on Intercultural learning and Dialogue.

Niveau d’intervention géographique

  • International


  • Renforcer l'éducation de qualité et le développement de compétences interculturelles

Principaux partenaires

Council of Europe

Nom de l’organisation / Entité responsable principale

International Association of Universities