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New York
United States

About Us

At Soliya we believe that living in this time of unprecedented interdependence necessitates a shift in the way our societies address difference from confrontation to cooperation. Through its evidence-based virtual exchange programs, Soliya provides institutions with a proven platform and pedagogy whereby students engage online in face-to-face, sustained, facilitated conversation and collaboration with peers across the globe. By combining the depth of intercultural dialogue and peer learning with the reach and accessibility of new media technologies, Soliya has connected over 6000 students – from both elite and underserved institutions – across vast geographic, political, economic, and cultural divides to foster global skills and empathy.

In the coming three years, our top organizational goal is to establish Virtual Exchanges (technology- enabled, sustained, people-to-people education programs) between these regions on a sustainable and scalable basis. We will do this in two ways: first, by expanding our cornerstone Virtual Exchange program - The Connect Program - which has been integrated into curriculum at over 100 universities in 27 countries. And second, by playing a leadership role in the establishment of the field of Virtual Exchange through collaborative advocacy and action.

Soliya is an international not-for-profit organization with offices in New York and Cairo and is a lead implementing partner of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Soliya has a diverse base of support, including large multi-year grants as well as smaller short-term grants from foundations and governments. Soliya generates a portion of its support through earned income through a fee for service model for programming. Soliya’s diverse and dynamic team works out of multiple locations in North America, Europe and Egypt.

Soliya is also integrating with Search for Common Ground (SFCG), the most respected peacebuilding organization in the world, with a mission to transform the way societies deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.