The Centre focuses on intercultural studies and dialogue in a multicultural environment. It aims understanding the intricacies and nuances of plurilingual and multicultural societies concentrating on the cultural interactions and negotiations at various levels. It conducts research on these areas and offers a few hands-on cultural training and experience programs for the international population who visit Manipal and for the Manipal people who visit abroad.
The Centre has been hosting a 20-member team from Lancaster University, who come from across disciplines, every year for the Explore India – A Cultural Encounter summer school that has been well received. This Summer School opens up one to the Indian ways of thinking and living at a microcosmic level. Manipal is truly a cultural hub due to the flow of people from other parts of the country and its location, and therefore, offers a real Indianness in its essence. This School portrays the intriguing and fascinating domestic diversity with well planned activities such as lecture-cum-demonstrations, workshops, and visits to significant places around.
- Research projects on culture and communication studies
- Summer and winter schools for international students
- Certificate course in intercultural communication
- Intercultural training workshops
- Consultancy services to organisations