This is a presentation prepared for the introduction week at BOUWKUNDE, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the TU Delft. In this presentation, I introduce MindMaps as a tool for intercultural awareness.
In the last few years, the number of
international students at BK has risen,
from a mere 38 in 2003 to 185 in 2010.
Currently, approximately 22% of all
Masters students are internationals.
The ‘emerging global university’ entails ‘a
curriculum permeated by awareness that
political, economic, social, and cultural
phenomena in any part of the world can
no longer be fully understood in isolation’.
Richard C. Levin, former president of Yale University:
“Increased interdependence requires
that the leaders and citizens of
tomorrow have cross-cultural awareness
(…). In both their private and public
lives, the students of today will find that
the outside world cannot be ignored”.
“To an unprecedented extent, the
careers of the next generation will be
global in scope (…). Students need to
be prepared for interaction around
the globe, in the personal challenges
they confront as well as the public
challenges we face together”.
what does internationalisation
mean for the culture of the
(like the Dutch experiences in water
…and housing) is highly appreciated in an
By being able to put local knowledge in an
internationalised context, typically Dutch
experiences are highlighted and more valued.
Several international PhD candidates and master
students conduct comparisons between Dutch
experiences and experiences in their own
countries. This is a very effective way to
disseminate ‘Dutch knowledge’.
• Diverse architectural and study traditions
• Different understandings of what an architectural
• Multiple understandings of the role of architects in
• Diverse (cultural) attitudes towards learning
• Multiple interpersonal relationship patterns
aspects of an
The ‘secret’ of mind
relationships constructed between concepts
and ideas being unfolded and ‘spelled out’
Drawing these relationships like the branches
of a tree helps us visualize the organic
relationship they have with each other.
Networks of concepts
but ideas and concepts are not like the branches
of a tree.
they are arranged in networks of relationships.
mind maps could look like more like spiderwebs.
relationship image and
drawing icons and avatars helps construct
a better relationship between visual
perception and intellectual understanding.
images reinforce and complement text