Maison pour le Développement des Compétences Interculturelles

About us

Founded in 2016, MDCI is a non-profit organisation designing and delivering training programmes to support the development of intercultural competencies. 

Christine Fornaroli, Marc Jacobs and Tatjana von Bonkewitz are members of the board and are driving MDCI’s activities.  

All our trainers are Intercultural Specialists and are certified by the renowned Hofstede Centre. 

What we do

Intercultural training

We work on the basis of Prof. Geert Hofstede’s 6D model of national cultures. His model is widely recognized as the most academically solid to date.  It has been validated by more than 60 independant studies and continues to be developped by highly respected academics in the field.

Our courses introduce the common language of the 6D model to visualize and objectively describe cultural differences. This results in dramatically improved mutual understanding.

We also provide highly practical web and smartphone-based tools that provide real concrete help to better manage intercultural challenges. 

Training packages can be designed to fit specific needs and requirements.

Our Projects

OLAI – AMIF project 2017 – 2018

Innovative tools to build a bridge across the cultural divide.

The project aims to bridge the cultural divide between the Luxembourg population and third country nationals residing in Luxembourg. 

The target groups are:
– Trainers working within the CAI (Contrat d’Accueil et Intégration)
– Third-country nationals (non-EU) who have signed the CAI

Content of the training:
– Measurement of your own individual cultural profile
– Practical tools and exercises to help you understand the impact of cultural differences in your daily life

– Improved understanding of your own cultural preferences
– Improved understanding of the cultural preferences of other people
– improved ability to work with people from other cultures

REGISTER FOR THE 1-DAY COURSE (in English/French):

Available dates:

  • 11/11/2017 English
  • 18/11/2017 French
  • 02/12/2017 French
  • 13/01/2018 English
  • 27/01/2018 French
  • 10/02/2018 tbc
  • Date in March tbc


In a second phase a multi-language e-learning tool will be developed. It consists of stories which describe typical cross-cultural misunderstandings that occur in daily life, explains them and suggests ways to handle them better.

News & Events

The first training starts in one month on October 14th 2017. Please sign up for the free intercultural training in French and English.

The training will take place at the International Communities of Luxembourg, one of our partners, in Bonnevoie. (9, route de Thionville, Luxembourg-Bonnevoie)

Orientation Day, July 1st at the LuxExpo Box

420 people registered for the Orientation Day which gave new residents who have signed the CAI the opportunity to explore the services offered in Luxembourg. Language schools, government agencies, social services and MDCI. The stand was busy throughout the afternoon, intercultural understanding being one of the top topics in Luxembourg’s cultural mix.

Orientation Day, November 25th at Forum Geeseknaeppchen

Close to 600 people were invited. Christine and Tatjana were busy explaining MDCI’s activities and registering lots of newcomers for the next training sessions. Minister Corinne Cahen spent some time exploring Hofstede’s 6D model and the outlook to the application which will be developed in 2018. A very successful day. We are looking forward to meeting the participants at our training sessions in 2018.

If you’d like to know more about our offering, please contact us at contact@mdci.lu and check https://www.facebook.com/MDCILux/

Contact MDCI

For further information on intercultural training please contact us at contact@mdci.lu.