"What each fall program will look like is still in the works, Schlarb says, but one program that is planned will happen in partnership with the non-profit Soliya." Amidst the uncertainty of whether study abroad programs will resume in the upcoming academic year, Mary Schlarb, director of the international programs office at SUNY Cortland, explains how the Connect Program may serve as virtual study abroad. The article, which can be read here, details how college administrations and students are navigating study abroad
In an interview with British Columbia Senator Mobina Jaffer for her "Every Voice Counts" podcast, Soliya CEO Waidehi Gokhale highlighted the vision behind the Exchange Portal, our custom-built video-conferencing platform for virtual exchange. The Exchange Portal was designed in the era before the rise of social media and video conferencing, guided by the understanding that connecting young adults in meaningful engagement can truly improve how they deal with each other's differences. Listen to the podcast here.
Connect Program alumni at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the UAE were recognized for their participation in Soliya's virtual exchange program, receiving first-place in their institution's MENA Prize for Excellence! Dr. Sara Farhan, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUS, remarked on the value of the Connect Program during the pandemic: “The program proved to be an excellent alternative to peer-interaction when our university transitioned to virtual learning.