Why is cultural diversity important?
published on 21.05.21
In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly established May 21 as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Since then, this date celebrates multiculturalism and reminds the importance of preserving cultural diversity as a source of wealth and knowledge. At TBS in Barcelona, we are very proud to offer education in a very multicultural environment that equips our students with essential tools for the future.
The United Nations focuses on the importance of deepening the values of cultural diversity, raising awareness of inclusion and intercultural dialogue, getting everyone to commit to diversity in their daily actions, as well as combating stereotypes.
Cultural diversity is also essential for sustainable development, as it is related to fields such as education, economic growth, the environment, gender equality, consumption patterns, and sustainable production.
Cultural impact of Covid-19
In relation to the importance of preserving cultural diversity, UNESCO draws attention to the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector. Prior to Covid-19, the cultural industries were already a volatile sector, something that has been accentuated by health restrictions and closures around the world. The impact of Covid-19 on culture has economic, political, and social consequences; it threatens to increase inequalities and make many communities vulnerable. In addition, the pandemic has had a major impact on cultural tourism with disastrous economic consequences. It is also important to note that cultural industries account for more than 29 million jobs around the world.
Despite the negative impacts of the pandemic on the sector, it should not be forgotten that during the months of confinement the cultural industries found forms of expression in social networks and digital environments, were able to reinvent themselves to some extent with creativity, and were a source of comfort in difficult times.
Why are international days established?
International days serve to raise awareness among the general public on issues related to human rights, health, or sustainable development. The establishment of certain international days each year helps to attract media attention, open public debate, and put pressure on governments to take action and seek solutions to unsolved problems.
TBS and commitment to diversity
TBS in Barcelona offers a multicultural environment to study, as we receive students from more than 60 different countries. Our Bachelor in Management has 62% international students. Our students value this diversity very positively and consider it a source of wealth. Moreover, students can enjoy this multiculturalism both at TBS and in Barcelona, a city that is also very diverse.
Studying in a diverse environment provides skills that are of great importance for our student’s future careers, skills that are very necessary in the globalized world in which we live.