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Welcome: The Rural Centre/ Europe Direct NI

The Rural Centre is a community resource centre that promotes the benefits of cross community and cross-border co-operation through a range of activities including Study visits, Training and Events. The Rural Centre is host to Europe Direct NI part of a European Commission Information Network with over 500 offices in each of the 28 Member States. Europe Direct NI works closely with the Commission offices in London and Belfast to provide information on EU programmes, policies, publications and resources and share best practice between regions.

Training & Consultancy

Cultural Awareness/ Intercultural Competence Training provides the knowledge, skills and expertise to communicate and work effectively with clients and colleagues from different cultural backgrounds.

Understanding different cultural perspectives is essential in a modern global workplace to be aware of how cultures differ in how they work, plan and make decisions and how to overcome potential barriers. Intercultural competence explores how culture shapes how we act and behave and influences our expectations when communicating with people from other cultures. It provides the knowledge, skills and expertise to communicate effectively across cultures.

The training provides skills for working with different cultures within your own organisation as well as preparing people for moving to a new country.

Training on the European Union provides an understanding of its Member States, Institutions, Languages and the Euro Zone. Training is tailored to your specific needs for business, community, schools, council, youth etc. and delivered at a venue to suit you.


Study Visits & Event Management

We specialise in tailor made study visits between regions to share expertise and best practice which can be adapted and transferred to this region. As part of a network with partners throughout Europe personal recommendations make sure you reach the right people and projects. We also provide a comprehensive event management service for conferences, seminars within this or other regions of Europe.

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