The University of Nebraska’s Global Virtual Project

The University of Nebraska’s Global Virtual Project

The University of Nebraska’s Global Virtual Project supported by the Aspen Institute’s Stevens Initiative, is a program that gives young people in the United States, Middle East, and North African regions the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to prosper in an interconnected world. The Initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bezos Family Foundation. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Global Virtual Project (UNLGVP) was one of 13 projects funded as part of the second cohort of awardees. The ULNGVP was conceived to build on global competence and career readiness by engaging more than 220 students in Nebraska, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. Students will have the opportunity to take courses in communication studies, computer science, creative writing, ethnic studies, hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management, journalism, and modern languages and literatures. They will meet face-to-face in their respective classrooms and will connect virtually via Zoom (web conferencing platform) and social media to participate in project and/or problem-based learning. Partner institutions include the University of Nizwa, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman Tourism College, the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, and Zayed University.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Course title: ARAB 306 - Women in the Qu’ran 

Faculty: Dr. Abla Hasan, Assistant Professor of Practice of Arabic Language & Culture

International Partner: University of Nizwa, Nizwa, Oman

Delivery Semester: Spring 2018

Contact: Dr. Abla Hasan; Email:


Fall 2018 Courses

Course title: SOCI 398 - Immigration & Multiculturalism: Global/Local Dialogues on Refugees & Western Nations

Faculty: Dr. Lory Dance, Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies

International Partner: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact:  Dr. Lory Dance; Email:


Course title: JOMC 380 - Global News & Information

Faculty: Dr. Gary Kebbel, Professor, Communications, College of Journalism & Mass Communications

International Partner: University of Nizwa, Nizwa, Oman

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact:  Dr. Gary Kebbel; Email:


Course title: HRTM 285 - Sustainable Destination Development: Oman & UAE

Faculty: Dr. Dipra Jha, Assistant Professor of Practice, Hospitality

International Partner: Oman Tourism College, Muscat, Oman & Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai, UAE

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact:  Dr. Dipra Jha; Email:


Course title: CSCE 310 - Data Structures & Algorithms

Faculty: Dr. Charles Riedesel, Assistant Professor of Practice, and Chief Undergraduate Advisor, Computer Science & Engineering

International Partner: Princess Sumaya University for Technology,  Amman, Jordan

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact:  Dr. Charles Riedesel and Dr. Ryan Patrick; Email:


Course title: COMM 211 - Intercultural Communication — The Global Classroom

Faculty: Dr. Charles Braithewaite, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Great Plains Studies, Senior Lecturer of Communication Studies

International Partner: University of Nizwa, Nizwa, Oman

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact: Dr. Charles Braithewaite; Email:

For questions regarding the Stevens Initiative, please contact:

Stevens Initiative Announces 13 New Grants to Fund International Virtual Exchange

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Washington, DC, November 6, 2017– The Stevens Initiative today announced 13 new grants funded through an international competition to use online, collaborative learning to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people with the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century economy.

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New “Global Virtual Classrooms” Grant Open to UNL Faculty

Office of Global Strategies announces new Global Virtual Classrooms Grant

Lincoln, NE, November 7, 2018– The Office of Global Strategies (OGS) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced a new “Global Virtual Classrooms” grant for 2018-2020. This internal award builds on the 2018 UNL Global Virtual Project and expands the number of courses and geographic region of virtual exchange at UNL.

Learn more about the grant

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