Soliya has partnered with the Stevens Initiative for Virtual Exchange and New York University-Abu Dhabi (NYU-AD) to launch a virtual exchange program connecting students from the UAE and NYC campuses! Our Chief Program Officer Salma Elbeblawi reflects: "We are looking forward to bringing young leaders from the two countries together to discuss current events and tackle global challenges through inter-faith and intercultural lenses.
Soliya Partners with the Stevens Initiative for Virtual Exchange to Connect Students Across two NYU Campuses
Soliya's Director of Global Partnerships and Communication, Ayca Ariyoruk, writes about the continued relevance of virtual exchange for UK youth in the face of, and despite of, Brexit. Arguing that Brexit shouldn't be an exit from virtual exchange, Ayca Ariyoruk writes: "Brexit may mean the country rejects globalisation as an economic model but that doesn’t automatically translate into the rejection of global education.
A 2016 evaluation of different virtual exchange models, conducted by RTI International for the Stevens Initiative, concluded that the following are effective practices in virtual exchange:
Soliya is recognized as an honorable mention recipient of the Global Pluralism Award for its work connecting young adults across lines of difference to build dialogue, understanding, and empathy. Presented in Ottawa by the Global Centre for Pluralism, the award celebrates institutions and individuals who tackle the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity. Read the Centre's profile of Soliya here.