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.
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.