Washington, DC Nearly 2,000 academics, scholars, activists and graduate students from around the world who study the Middle East gathered for the annual MESA conference on November 22-25, 2008. Reem Marto and Merva Faddoul (Senior Network Officer) represented Soliya at this conference, where they hosted an informational booth about Soliya at the Book Exhibit.
Soliya's Cairo team recently moved to a new, larger office space. The new office will accommodate a growing Cairo staff and allow us to continue expanding our presence and university recruitment efforts in Egypt and across the Middle East and North Africa. Our office is located in the central Giza neighborhood of Cairo, close to Cairo University and the Cairo Zoo. Soliya is very excited about this new development and the possibilities presented by an expanded space.
Last semester we added 11 new universities to our Connect Program - significantly more than any previous semester.
Soliya has concluded its spring 2008 Connect Program with two hundred and twenty students from twenty four universities in the Middle East, North Africa, the US, and Europe. Fifty-eight highly trained and skilled volunteer facilitators from fifteen different countries led the online dialogue. As part of the program, students engaged in intensive online dialogue over an entire semester, and worked collaboratively to produce media products.