Nebraska's Global Virtual Project

The Stevens Initiative, housed at the Aspen Institute

The University of Nebraska's Global Virtual Project integrates transnational collaborative learning through virtual exchanges in seven courses in communication studies, computer science, creative writing, ethnic studies, hospitality, restaurant, and tourism management, journalism, and modern languages and literatures. The Stevens Initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Bezos Family Foundation, and is an international effort to build career and global competencies for young people in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. Nebraska is among the second cohort of virtual exchange programs to be funded by the Stevens Initiative, which honors the legacy of Ambassador Chris Stevens, who devoted his life to building bridges between people from diverse cultures. More than 220 students at Nebraska will participate in the 18-month project. They will meet face-to-face in their respective classrooms and interact with peers in the Middle East utilizing the web conferencing platform, Zoom. Partner institutions include Sultan Qaboos University, the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, University of Nizwa, Oman Tourism College, and Zayed University.

                                             

 

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: abla.hasan@unl.edu

 

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: Sultan Qaboos University & Oman Tourism College, Muscat, Oman

Delivery Semester: Spring 2018

Contact: Dr. Charles Braithewaite; Email: cbraithwaite2@unl.edu

Fall 2018 Courses

Course title: Global/Local Dialogues: Refugees in the U.S. & Europe

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

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact:  Dr. Lory Dance; Email: ldance2@unl.edu

 

Course title: Global News & Information

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

International Partner: Zayed University, Dubai, UAE

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact:  Dr. Gary Kebbel; Email: garykebbel@unl.edu

 

Course title: 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: djha2@unl.edu

 

Course title: CSCE 310 - Data Structures & Algorithms

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

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact:  Dr. Charles Riedesel; Email: chuckr@unl.edu

 

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: Sultan Qaboos University & Oman Tourism College, Muscat, Oman

Delivery Semester: Fall 2018

Contact: Dr. Charles Braithewaite; Email: cbraithwaite2@unl.edu

 
 
 
  
For questions regarding the Stevens Initiative, please contact:
globalstrategies@unl.edu
 

Stevens Initiative Announces 13 New Grants to Fund International Virtual Exchange

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.

Visit the Stevens Initiative website


     
     
      
    For questions regarding the Global Virtual Project, please contact: globalstrategies@unl.edu