Soliya has gained the official endorsement of the League of Arab States that issued, through its Department of Education and Scientific Research, an official recommendation of Soliya's Connect Program to the Secretary General of the Arab Universities Union. The Secretary General will now send this recommendation to all its universities across the Arab region.
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!