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
Nahid Ahmed, Director of the Connect Program, was interviewed by Dr. Sahar Khamis, who has been implementing our curriculum for 15 years and is currently a professor of Communications and Media at the University of Maryland. Explaining the motivations and reasoning behind our model of virtual exchange, Nahid states: “Prejudices and biases are not developed at an older age - these are learned behaviors. So we want to engage young people, at a point when they are trying to find their space in the world and understand it, in working with people who are very different from them.
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: