World's First Online Social Web Academy Launched to Spread Respect and Tolerance for Cultures Around the World

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KOMUNIKI PROJECT® offers intercultural communication training and worldwide social networking for employees, individuals, companies and organisations to develop intercultural competence and successful international collaboration.

We believe that many global problems can be worked out by inspiring effective communication, respect and tolerance between cultures

The KOMUNIKI PROJECT - http://www.komuniki.com - is the world's first Internet platform for improving, practicing, or spreading knowledge about intercultural communication through a powerful combination of social networking and online courses.

The story of KOMUNIKI Ltd started when two German entrepreneurs, Holger Gehlhar and Heiko Saeger, decided to venture into the Internet industry with a vision to provide accessible and affordable intercultural education for people around the world.

"We believe that many global problems can be worked out by inspiring effective communication, respect and tolerance between cultures," said the partners in a recent interview.

The first step was to launch the KOMUNIKI Social Web Academy where people can collaborate globally using social networking Web 2.0 technology, and develop their intercultural competence by participating in online courses on the same platform.

As part of its worldwide market launch, KOMUNIKI exhibited at the largest IT trade fair in the world, CeBIT 2009, and received very keen interest from companies and organisations which want to do business internationally.

As the world's economies become steadily more globalised, intercultural competence - the skill and experience to communicate effectively with people from other cultures - is becoming increasingly important.

The four main pillars of KOMUNIKI.com are KOMUNIKI CLUB®, KOMUNIQ®, KOMUNIPASS® Certificate and KOMUNIKI Corporate Suite®.

KOMUNIKI Club is a fun and active Social Networking environment where club members make international contacts, create their profile, start groups for discussions, and exchange ideas and experiences.

Club members participate in KOMUNIPASS online intercultural communication training, which conveys insights into clear and effective communication with people from other cultures for business purposes, leisure, or personal relationships.

KOMUNIQ is the intercultural competence evaluation test taken before and after KOMUNIPASS, and helps members to assess their own approach to intercultural relationships. The KOMUNIPASS Certificate is awarded at the end of the training and is an asset on CVs belonging to people who want to work on international teams.

Intercultural communication is important for international teams because globalisation has not been an easy process for companies which have tried to forge global mergers or expand into other countries. Case studies have shown that even if two companies seem to have all the right ingredients in place for a successful merger, joint venture or acquisition, cultural differences can significantly affect communication and productivity.

"There is a definite need for intercultural communication training, and in the current global financial climate, it must be low-cost and flexible. KOMUNIPASS offers the perfect solution to meet the market's need so that companies can save the costs both for training and travelling expenses," says Holger Gehlhar, member of the board of directors of KOMUNIKI.

The original material for KOMUNIPASS was created by a young and dynamic team in cooperation with the highly-respected leading expert in innovative learning solutions, Professor Dr. Werner Sauter. KOMUNIQ was created in cooperation with Professor Dr. Erpenbeck and features the most modern approach to evaluating intercultural competence.

These high-quality products are available on http://www.komuniki.com which is currently in ten languages, with more languages planned for the future. The training features a flexible array of course activities such as Tandem learning with international partners, Fora, Quizzes, Glossaries, Resources, Assignments, and a Chat function for talking with tutors and other members of the training.

KOMUNIPASS is also offered to larger groups of employees via the KOMUNIKI Corporate Suite, which is a solution dedicated to the business community. Corporate Suite offers an innovative and cost-effective way for corporations to train employees and raise awareness of intercultural communication themes and concepts. It provides capsuled virtual classrooms for large groups of employees in multi-regional offices, creating a pool of certified employees for companies to choose from when building international teams.

KOMUNIKI.com is powered by software developed by its subsidiary COMUNICI GmbH - http://www.comunici.com.

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