1. Your full name
2. Name of institution
3. Number of students to participate
4. Desired dates of exchange (if more than one-time exchange)
5. Desired type of exchange (written blog exchange, Skype individual or class video exchange, other-if other please provide details of proposed exchange).
In addition, the Azhar Dialog Project strongly recommends that all University professors interested in promoting Muslim World-Western World understanding through web-based exchange explore creating a Soliya pilot project (if interested contact firstname.lastname@example.org) and making Soliya a course component. Visit www.soliya.net for more info
Read more about Soliya below
Soliya is an international non-profit organization that is using new media technologies to create and mobilize a global community of youth to promote intercultural understanding in diverse societies.
In October 2009, Soliya (www.soliya.net) merged with the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund and became an implementing partner of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.
Soliya envisions a world in which deep international cross-cultural engagement – enabled by new media technologies - is a part of every young adult’s education. New media and communications technologies have the potential to foster cross-cultural respect and understanding on a scale never before possible. Soliya’s work aims to provide a diverse global community of young people with the skills and experience to effectively utilize these technologies to promote intercultural understanding within broader societies.
Soliya advances its mission through two main initiatives: The Connect Program and Terana.
The Connect Program
Using customized videoconferencing technologies, Soliya’s Connect Program engages young people in sustained cross-cultural dialogue through accredited university courses. Since 2003, Soliya has partnered with over 80 universities in more than 25 countries in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States to deliver the Connect Program.
Screenshot of the Connect Program
Over the course of a semester, Connect Program participants:
Soliya has ambitious plans to take the Connect Program to scale by developing partnerships with university networks, English Language training centers, and local NGOs.
Building on the success of the Connect Program, Soliya’s best and brightest alumni are now establishing Terana, a diverse online community of young people who are using new media to capture and share diverse perspectives and foster intercultural understanding in their communities. The founding members of Terana represent a broad spectrum of political, religious, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity, but share a fundamental belief that differences between people, communities, and cultures should be addressed with respect for our common humanity.
Terana combines the best of online media, social networking and citizen journalism. Through this program, young adults: