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Title: Globalisation or Glocalisation? Intercultural Communication at the Educational & Professional Sectors: Experiences, Values, and Challenges


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Submission deadline: 9/23/2023

Review results: 10/20/2023

Deadline for revisions: 11/23/2023

Notification of final decision: 12/10/2023

Approximate publication date: 12/28/2023

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Background: Intercultural communication focuses on the significance of knowing not only the language but also the cultural background of other speech communities in order to communicate successfully. The research highlights that several factors, including culture, are arguably the most significant barrier to successful and meaningful communication. Davies and Rey (1996) stated in a study of the intercultural approach in education that intercultural relates to ‘inter’ and ‘culture’; inter indicates interaction or exchange. Culture, on the other hand, denotes a way of life, a representational symbol utilised by individuals, either individually or via communities, to form relationships with others in their endeavour to understand the world; to grasp intra and intercultural contact. Paralinguistics and timing should always be considered in such communications. In other words, ‘intercultural’ refers to a dynamic process that involves genuine interrelated connections.

Contribution to the Field of Research: There is no question that we live in a fast-changing era. Globalisation has emerged as one of the most important buzzwords of the twenty-first century. Globalisation is felt in practically every aspect of our lives, including business, politics, culture, and education. The most significant global trend in modern education is its integration and internationalisation, paving the way for developing a unified global educational and business environment. Students and instructors participate actively in various educational mobility programmes, international student exchange programs, international scientific conferences, and initiatives of international collaboration in the field of education. Cooperation in higher education makes intercultural teaching and learning essential in a globalised environment. Young people encounter challenges of adaptability to new living circumstances, unanticipated events, and the diversity of intercultural connections in a globalising society. There seems to be a need for a new approach- a paradigm shift- in a globalising society. The development of an intercultural personality is impossible without this paradigm shift, which entails a multifaceted view of the world, openness to various cultures, and the psychological capacity to collaborate with others. The objective of the new paradigm shifts and intercultural communication is to establish a significant path between globalisation and the preservation of cultural plurality, which is here to highlight the term ‘glocalisation’. From the guest editors' perspectives, there is little attention paid to this paradigm shift, and further studies are needed to highlight the challenges and strategies to deal with globally.

Scope: Education, Sociolinguistics, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Pragmatics, Genre analysis 

Goal: This special issue invites contributions from around the world on sociolinguistic, linguistic, psycholinguistic, pragmatic, and genre perspectives on intercultural and cross-cultural communication in the education and professional sectors.

Keywords: Intercultural communication, Cross-cultural adaptation, Cross-cultural etiquette, Global workforce diversity management, Globalised-business world, Intercultural sensitivity, Multiculturalism and Multicultural competence, Global competence, international competence, Internationalisation.

Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. 


Topic Editors

Dr Ali Sorayyaei Azar

Faculty of Education & Social Sciences, Management and Science University, Shah Alam, Malaysia


Prof, Maya Khemlani David

Faculty Asia Europe Institute, University Of Malaya, Kl Malaysia


Prof Azirah Hashim

Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University Of Malaya, Kl Malaysia



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