In an increasingly connected world it helps to engage with other cultures without prejudice or assumption.
By its very nature, engineering is a diverse, global and multidisciplinary field.
It's easy to think the field as a whole must place intercultural communication high on the agenda.
However, some researchers feel this is far from the case.
Assistant Professor Yu Maemura from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Tokyo and colleagues from universities in the U.K., Belgium and Australia analyzed a collection of written materials used in engineering education.
The subject of these materials was intercultural communication and their analysis concludes education in this area is not just lacking but also behind the times.