Soliya is proud to announce the launch in October of its 2011 Network Fellowship of 90 Fellows from 36 countries, including the US, Egypt, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Kuwait, Lebanon, Germany, and Cyprus. Now in its second year, the Soliya Network Fellowship is a highly competitive program that identifies and trains the most promising emerging civil society leaders to use new media technologies to promote informed and constructive discourse with a diverse and global online community.
With the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Soliya recently conducted an intensive process review of our Connect Program and Soliya Network Fellowship, engaging leading experts in the field of conflict resolution and facilitated dialogue. Throughout the two-day retreat at the historic Rockefeller Brothers Fund Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, New York, Soliya staff and conferees analyzed Soliya’s programmatic processes and explored the possibilities for innovative new applications for facilitated online cross-cultural exchange.
The Connect Program, now in its eighth academic year, has expanded to include a university partner from Pakistan into the fall 2012 semester. We are also pleased to announce that the spring 2012 semester will include around 30 imams-in-training and women religious scholars from Al-Azhar University, the chief center of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world.
In partnership with iEARN and Global Nomads Group, Soliya has launched the exchange 2.0Campaign, the goal of which is to make it the norm for young people to have a profound international cross-cultural experience as part of their education. During its initial six months, the Campaign has gained significant momentum. One such example is that the Office of Senator Kerry, Chairman of the U.S.