"'The multipolar discussion, in our opinion, is a very compelling part of the program,' says Mr. Welch. This way, he says, students witness differences of opinion within the West and the Muslim world, rather than being divided, as they might in a more traditional videoconferencing model, between one group in the West and one in the East." Read the Chronicle of Higher Education article here.
In December 2009, Soliya released the results of groundbreaking neuroscience research exploring media’s impact on intergroup relations. The research was conducted in 2008 and 2009 by labs at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the New School for Social Research and supported by the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund prior to its merger with Soliya.
After weeks of participating in online dialogue sessions, many students from the US and Egypt had the opportunity to meet their Soliya friends in person for the first time! Last month, fifteen students from the University of North Florida, a Soliya partner university, traveled to Egypt for a two-week study trip. On their first day in Cairo, the students spent the day exploring the American University in Cairo (another Soliya partner university) with their Egyptian friends from the Connect Program.
Soliya successfully concluded the spring 2009 Connect Program with more than 300 students participating from 16 countries around the world. Over the course of the semester, students engaged in weekly intensive discussions with their group members, created their own video news reports about the recent conflict in Gaza, and exchanged enlightening videos and blog posts with their peers from other cultures. Students from new partner universities in the Palestinian Territories, Italy, and Indonesia had the opportunity to participate in the Connect Program for the first time this spring!