Cultural adaptation: essential for global citizens


Ruth Mojeed wasn’t planning to move to Canada. Her sights were set on the United Kingdom or France when she applied to universities for her master’s degree in 2015. But as she did her research, she was drawn to the country through her eventual alma mater.

“Royal Roads was one of the few schools that taught something I really wanted to study,” says Mojeed, a 2017 graduate of the Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication (MAIIC) program from Royal Roads University, Canada. “I felt this would be exciting, especially the people from around the world who would be taking that course. It was taking communication to the next level.”

“Ruth has worked incredibly hard throughout her education and career,” says Natasha Dilay, Manager of Career Learning and Development for Royal Roads. “She focuses on new possibilities while encouraging those around her to also grow. It’s a pleasure to welcome her as our alumni guest speaker for this year’s conference.”

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Mojeed says her undergraduate degree in communication from Covenant University deepened her interest in how people can work together to promote cultural understanding.

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After her graduation in 2011, she worked with non-governmental organizations such as the Real Woman Foundation, Alliance Française and the Association of Christian Schools International (West Africa). She says by 2015, it was time to put her passions and prospects into a broader perspective.

“My job was exciting and had lots of prospects, but I felt I needed to try something really challenging,” Mojeed says. “Beyond that, I wanted to see the world. I didn’t want to read about it or travel for two weeks each year. I wanted to actually experience other ways of doing things and different ways of living.”

She says the MAIIC program gave her the insight and tools she sought as an aspiring global citizen.

“The most fascinating thing about the program was learning with students from 11 other countries around the world,” she says. “Coming from Nigeria, we all looked alike; we all grew up in the same setting. It was fascinating to be sharing classrooms with people from India, China and Vietnam. It was the first time experiencing those cultures.”