In October Soliya and the United States Institute of Peace organized an event in Washington D.C to promote virtual exchange programming titled ‘Exchange 2.0: The Science of Impact, the Imperative of Implementation.’ Her Majesty Queen Noor Al Hussein gave the keynote speech highlighting the importance of virtual exchange programming to global peace and prosperity: “…it is clearly possible that such [virtual exchange] programming could become a fundamental part of education in the coming deca
Over the past nine years, Soliya’s flagship Connect Program has brought thousands of young people across the world together as a global community of peers. By reaching across national, religious and ideological boundaries in open dialogue, participants have had the opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences, articulate and question their own beliefs, and form deep friendships. Kaitlin from Saint Louis Community College shared this reflection:
In this video Western Kentucky University students, John-Mark Francis and Hanna Garland talk about their experience in the Connect Program and the transformative impact it has had on the way they see the world.
Professor Osama Madany from Menoufeya University – a public university in the Nile River Delta region of Egypt – talks about his students’ commitment to the Connect Program at the height of the Egyptian Revolution in this video and the transformative impact of the program on his students in this video. Many of the most influential Egyptian political figures including Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak are from Menoufeya, along with the accused mastermind of the September 11th attack