ABOUT GLOBAL SOLUTIONS 

Under the Stevens Initiative, Global Solutions, implemented by IREX, connects students in the United States, Jordan, and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable solution to local challenges related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Bi-national teams engage during an eight week period (Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge) or through six dialogues (Global Solutions Conversations) to ideate a sustainable solution to real needs in their local communities. Throughout the program participants develop important workforce skills. 

Global Solutions uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US, Jordan and Iraq. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.


Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for students:

  1. Improve global citizenship by demonstrating that one’s responsibility and humanity transcends beyond borders;
  2. Strengthen problem solving skills;
  3. Develop cross-cultural collaboration and competency;
  4. Develop job readiness skills through online collaboration.

Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for facilitators:

  1. Develop and improve facilitator’s skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students;
  2. Strengthen student’s technical and non-technical workforce development skills;
  3. Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US, Jordan, and Iraq based on classroom content and meaningful collaboration;
  4. Increase community excitement and investment in cross-cultural communication and business-related education for youth.


ABOUT THE STEVENS INITIATIVE 

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career-readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. For further information, please visit http://www.stevensinitiative.org/ 


ABOUT IREX

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.


CONTACT

Contact Information Email: globalsolutions@irex.org

IREX has allocated funds to support the academic institutions of Global Solutions teams with technology access.

US facilitators for the Global Solutions Conversations will receive a $150 stipend to be used towards technology needs.

All Global Solutions Conversations facilitators are requested to fill out this brief report after each session. This communicates to IREX how your group is doing and if you need any support. 

Thanks!

Alumni Ambassadors serve as key contacts and advocates of the Global Solutions Program. Ambassadors help to promote  and guide new interested faculty members in their institutions by:


  • Promoting the Global Solutions programs to others in their professional  networks within their academic institutions.
  • Offering information and guidance by offering at least 2 virtual/in-person sessions about the program components.
  • Promoting the Global Solutions programs using specific social media tools to their online networks.
  • Recruiting  at least 3 new faculty members to participate in Cohort VI.


CONGRATULATIONS! IREX has been selected to present at the International Virtual Exchange Conference on October 27-29, 2021.

Thank you for participating on the student panel where you'll present about your experience in the Global Solutions program with other students. The 30 minutes presentation will include a brief introduction of the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge program, followed by 5-7 minute presentations by the three students representing Jordan, Iraq and the United States as well as 5 minutes for Q&A. IREX will prepare the presentation and guide you in preparing for the session.

All speakers are required to register for the conference. IREX will register on your behalf.

Please fill out this brief form by July 27, 2021, so we can register you for the conference and prepare the presentation!

Cohort IV Virtual Exchange Facilitators Grants awardees are required to submit a mid report  by September 30, 2021

Welcome to the Global Solutions Conversations program! To participate, please review the following information about the program and scroll down to complete this Student Terms and Conditions of Participation and Media Waiver.


Program Description

Under the Stevens Initiative, Global Solutions Conversations (GSC) is a six session virtual exchange program to connect students in the U.S., Iraq, and Jordan. Students will meet for live conversations about their culture and global issues in their community. Each conversation will follow the process of design thinking. Participants will follow the design thinking process to identify challenges related to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and brainstorm sustainable solutions for their community.

The challenge is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.


Purpose
GSC uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US , Jordan and Iraq. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.


Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for students:

  1. Improve global citizenship by demonstrating that one’s responsibility and humanity transcends beyond borders;
  2. Strengthen problem solving skills;
  3. Develop cross-cultural collaboration and competency;
  4. Develop job readiness skills through online collaboration.

Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for facilitators:

  1. Develop and improve facilitator’s skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students;
  2. Strengthen student’s technical and non-technical workforce development skills;
  3. Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US, Jordan, and Iraq based on classroom content and meaningful collaboration;
  4. Increase community excitement and investment in cross-cultural communication and business-related education for youth.


Program Schedule

Participants commit to participating in the Fall 2021 Cohort V which has activities ranging from August 2021 through December 2022. Dates may be subject to change.


Global Solutions Conversation is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and administered by the Aspen Institute. 

Legal Guardian Waiver
Legal Guardian Waiver for Minor Participation in Global Solutions Conversations Program
By signing the below, as legal guardian, you hereby give permission to the minor child indicated below to participate in the Global Solutions Conversations Program.

Please review the following information about the program and scroll down to complete the Student Terms and Conditions of Participation and Media Waiver.    
Program Description
Under the Stevens Initiative, the Global Solutions Conversations Program (GSC), implemented by IREX, connects students in the United States, Jordan, and Iraq to virtually collaborate through a five-week virtual exchange series consisting of five binational calls. Students will practice cross cultural collaboration and learn about each other’s culture as they engage in the process of design thinking and discuss global issues in their community. Individual teams will brainstorm a community project idea to support increased sustainability in their local communities. Scripts are provided to guide facilitators and students through each binational call. No additional work is required outside the binational calls.
Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and administered by the Aspen Institute.  
Purpose
GSC uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US, Iraq, and Jordan. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.     
Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal:   1) Develop and improve college professors’ skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students;   2) Strengthen students’ technical and non-technical workforce development skills;  3) Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US, Jordan and Iraq through classroom content and meaningful collaboration; and,   4) Increase community excitement and investment in cross-cultural communication and business-related education for youth.

Program Schedule Participants commit to participating in virtual exchange collaboration calls for the spring cohort which ranges from March 2021 through  2021.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Participant Responsibilities
From March 2021 through April 2021, the participating student will:

  • Collaborate virtually through virtual calls with the partner team under the instruction of their facilitator, providing feedback on program activities; 
  • Engage in cross cultural communication with the partner team; and
  • Ensure the ideas shared are innovative, their own, and meet academic integrity standards defined as teams producing original work resulting from the team efforts to the best of their ability.

Online Integrity Commitment
As a participant in the Global Solutions Conversations Program, you agree to commit to ethical and professional online communication. This includes:

  • Submitting original academic content; 
  • Citing all sources used in submitted material; 
  • Engaging with all team members in a professional manner both virtually and in person; 
  • Not soliciting funds or information from team members; 
  • Not engaging in a sexual or bullying manner online; and 
  • Represent the program and academic institution in a professional manner.

Termination and Enforcement
IREX reserves the right to withdraw a participant from the program at any time, if such action would be in the participant’s best interest or in the best interest of the program. Withdrawal may be initiated for, but is not limited to, the following reasons:

  • gross nonperformance of responsibilities including academic dishonesty (cheating or plagiarism) and repeated failure to conduct activities as outlined in the participant’s terms and conditions;
  • breakdown of physical or mental health which would seriously impair the participant’s participation; 
  • evidence of dishonesty with regard to some material fact or withholding of obviously relevant information in dealings with IREX before or after selection for participation; 
  • improper social behavior or inappropriate representation of the Global Solutions Program and/or IREX;
  • conduct that is bullying, provocative, destructive, or sexual in nature;
  • conduct which may have the effect of bringing IREX, the Aspen Institute or the participant into disrepute;
  • violation of a law of the United States, Iraq or Jordan; and/or
  • failure to complete the program because of voluntary termination, including premature departure from the home institution.

MINOR MEDIA WAIVER
I guarantee that I am the parent/legal guardian of the minor child indicated below and do hereby give permission for the minor child ("Minor") to participate in the Stevens Initiative, and to be photographed, recorded and/or video-taped by IREX, the Aspen Institute (“Institute”) or its representatives at the Stevens Initiative at any Global Solutions program activity or event.


I hereby grant and convey to the Institute all right, title and interest in any all photographs, images, video or audio recordings made by the Institute or its representatives. I grant IREX and the Institute the right to use Minor's photograph, likeness, voice, image, video or video recording with or without his/her name, for broadcast, publication, display, distribution or publication in any and all media.


I understand that my permission to use the photographs, recordings, videotaping is for an unlimited duration and that neither I nor the Minor will not receive any compensation for granting this permission or for the use, if any, by IREX or the Institute of the Minor's image and/or voice. You acknowledge that IREX or the Institute has no obligation to use the Minor's image or voice in connection with the Global Solutions program.


[I also understand that the Stevens Initiative is a public program and the event may be independently recorded or published by news media organizations or other attendees outside the control of the Institute and the Institute is not responsible or liable in any manner for any such recordings or publications.]


I hereby unconditionally release IREX and the Institute and its representatives from any and all claims and demands arising out of the activities authorized under the terms of this Release.


I also grant to the program and IREX the right to use photographs and/or video that the Minor submits or use in connection with the program. I authorize IREX to copyright, use, and publish these photographs or video in print and/or electronically and understand that IREX may use such photographs with or without the Minor's name and for any lawful purpose, including such purposes as publicity, program materials and reports, and Web content. When sharing photos, please be mindful of differing cultural sensitivity and customs surrounding pictures.  

Each binational team should select one person to submit the team's problem statement. Please follow the guidelines in the curriculum for what to include in the problem statement. 

Each binational team should select one person to submit the team's solution statement. Please follow the guidelines in the curriculum for what to include in the problem statement. 

Welcome to the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge! To participate, please review the following information about the program and scroll down to complete this Student Terms and Conditions of Participation and Media Waiver.


Program Description

Under the Stevens Initiative, the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC), implemented by IREX, connects students in the United States, Jordan, and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable solution to a contemporary business challenge. Bi-national teams engage during an eight week period to create a sustainable business solution to a challenge identified by industry partners across business sectors. Throughout the challenge participants will develop workforce skills and network with industry professionals. At the conclusion of GSSC, bi-national teams will submit a video pitch and business plan for their prototype to the Virtual Global Business Expo where the top three finalists will be selected by an advisory committee comprised of industry professionals and educators.

The challenge is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.


Purpose

GSSC uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US, Jordan and Iraq. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.


Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for students:

  1. Improve global citizenship by demonstrating that one’s responsibility and humanity transcends beyond borders;
  2. Strengthen problem solving skills;
  3. Develop cross-cultural collaboration and competency;
  4. Develop job readiness skills through online collaboration.


Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal for facilitators:

  1. Develop and improve facilitator’s skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students;
  2. Strengthen student’s technical and non-technical workforce development skills;
  3. Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US, Jordan, and Iraq based on classroom content and meaningful collaboration;
  4. Increase community excitement and investment in cross-cultural communication and business-related education for youth.


Program Schedule

Participants commit to participating in the Fall 2021 Cohort V which has activities ranging from August 2021 through December 2022. Dates may be subject to change.

Legal Guardian Waiver

Legal Guardian Waiver for Minor Participation in Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge

By signing the below, as legal guardian, you hereby give permission to the minor child indicated below to participate in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge.


Please review the following information about the program and scroll down to complete the Student Terms and Conditions of Participation and Media Waiver.    


Program Description 

Under the Stevens Initiative, the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge (GSSC), implemented by IREX, connects students in the United States, Jordan, and Iraq to virtually collaborate on a sustainable solution to a contemporary business challenge. Bi-national teams engage during a six- to ten-week period to create a sustainable business solution to a challenge identified by industry partners across business sectors. Throughout the challenge participants will develop workforce skills, network with industry professionals, and participate in a virtual career fair. At the conclusion of GSCC, bi-national teams will submit a video pitch and business plan for their prototype to the Virtual Global Business Expo where the top three finalists will be selected by an advisory committee comprised of industry professionals and educators.  

Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and administered by the Aspen Institute.  

Purpose

GSSC uses virtual exchange to improve mutual understanding and problem-solving skills among students in post-secondary colleges in the US, Iraq, and Jordan. By exposing students to real-world applications in their subject areas and equipping professors with the skills in teaching global citizenship and interdisciplinary project-based learning, we can increase the number of students that are qualified and successful in their careers and who have strong mutual understanding across cultures.     

Four objectives support the Global Solutions goal:   1) Develop and improve college professors’ skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students;   2) Strengthen students’ technical and non-technical workforce development skills;  3) Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US, Jordan and Iraq through classroom content and meaningful collaboration; and,   4) Increase community excitement and investment in cross-cultural communication and business-related education for youth. 


Program Schedule Participants commit to participating in virtual exchange collaboration calls for the spring cohort which ranges from February 2021 through April 2021.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Participant Responsibilities

From February 2021 through April 2021, the participating student will:

  • Collaborate virtually through virtual calls with the partner team under the instruction of their facilitator, providing feedback on program activities; 
  • Engage in cross cultural communication with the partner team; and
  • Ensure the ideas shared are innovative, their own, and meet academic integrity standards defined as teams producing original work resulting from the challengers’ team efforts to the best of their ability.

Online Integrity Commitment

As a participant in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge, you agree to commit to ethical and professional online communication. This includes:

  • Submitting original academic content; 
  • Citing all sources used in submitted material; 
  • Engaging with all team members in a professional manner both virtually and in person; 
  • Not soliciting funds or information from team members; 
  • Not engaging in a sexual or bullying manner online; and 
  • Represent the program and academic institution in a professional manner.

Termination and Enforcement

IREX reserves the right to withdraw a participant from the program at any time, if such action would be in the participant’s best interest or in the best interest of the program. Withdrawal may be initiated for, but is not limited to, the following reasons: 

  • gross nonperformance of responsibilities including academic dishonesty (cheating or plagiarism) and repeated failure to conduct activities as outlined in the participant’s terms and conditions;
  • breakdown of physical or mental health which would seriously impair the participant’s participation; 
  • evidence of dishonesty with regard to some material fact or withholding of obviously relevant information in dealings with IREX before or after selection for participation; 
  • improper social behavior or inappropriate representation of the Global Solutions Program and/or IREX;
  • conduct that is bullying, provocative, destructive, or sexual in nature;
  • conduct which may have the effect of bringing IREX, the Aspen Institute or the participant into disrepute;
  • violation of a law of the United States, Iraq or Jordan; and/or
  • failure to complete the program because of voluntary termination, including premature departure from the home institution.

MINOR MEDIA WAIVER

I guarantee that I am the parent/legal guardian of the minor child indicated below and do hereby give permission for the minor child ("Minor") to participate in the Stevens Initiative, and to be photographed, recorded and/or video-taped by IREX, the Aspen Institute (“Institute”) or its representatives at the Stevens Initiative at any Global Solutions program activity or event.


I hereby grant and convey to the Institute all right, title and interest in any all photographs, images, video or audio recordings made by the Institute or its representatives. I grant IREX and the Institute the right to use Minor's photograph, likeness, voice, image, video or video recording with or without his/her name, for broadcast, publication, display, distribution or publication in any and all media.


I understand that my permission to use the photographs, recordings, videotaping is for an unlimited duration and that neither I nor the Minor will not receive any compensation for granting this permission or for the use, if any, by IREX or the Institute of the Minor's image and/or voice. You acknowledge that IREX or the Institute has no obligation to use the Minor's image or voice in connection with the Global Solutions program.


[I also understand that the Stevens Initiative is a public program and the event may be independently recorded or published by news media organizations or other attendees outside the control of the Institute and the Institute is not responsible or liable in any manner for any such recordings or publications.]


I hereby unconditionally release IREX and the Institute and its representatives from any and all claims and demands arising out of the activities authorized under the terms of this Release.


I also grant to the program and IREX the right to use photographs and/or video that the Minor submits or use in connection with the program. I authorize IREX to copyright, use, and publish these photographs or video in print and/or electronically and understand that IREX may use such photographs with or without the Minor's name and for any lawful purpose, including such purposes as publicity, program materials and reports, and Web content. When sharing photos, please be mindful of differing cultural sensitivity and customs surrounding pictures.  

Now accepting applications for team coaches for the Spring 2022 Cohort.

Deadline: November 28, 2021

Volunteer Coaches can be graduate students or professionals, in some cases undergraduate students will be accepted (i.e. a former director) in the U.S. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply to be a volunteer coach for the Spring 2022 cohort from January - April 2022. 


The Global Solutions Program offers the following benefits to participating coaches, students, faculty and schools: 

  • Authentic virtual exchange that develops meaningful relationships with peers in another country
  • Models the modern workplace, through deadlines, team work, and deliverables 
  • Expansion of professional networks for faculty and students 


The program is a great way for volunteer coaches interested in virtual exchange and global cross cultural collaboration to support facilitators and students on binational teams in developing skills that will make them more competitive throughout their careers.  

 

To apply, scroll down and select the button "Create Your Account". Once you create your account, you'll be directed to the application page. 


COACHES' RESPONSIBILITIES 

From January through April 2022, the participating coach will: 

  • Monitor and coach up to 3 binational teams;
  • Communicate with facilitator partners and binational teams weekly in successful completion of student registration and curriculum milestones, serving as the primary point of contact for team management; 
  • Support and/or facilitate binational calls as needed;
  • Communicate weekly with IREX staff regarding the status of each team related to activities and milestones;  
  • Participate in virtual or in person professional development training.
  • Attend the Virtual Global Business Expo if the team you are coaching is a finalist team. 


IREX SUPPORT 

IREX will support coaches by: 

  • Providing access to Slack and Zoom for team monitoring and collaboration; 
  • Provide coaching resources to facilitate binational teams; 
  • Coordinate a training workshop for coaches in the Us, Jordan or Iraq; 
  • Provide a $200 honorarium per cohort with completion of the cohort;  
  • Monitor progress and conduct weekly check-ins. 


To learn more about Global Solutions, what it means to be a Global Solutions Team Coach, and eligibility requirements, visit www.irex.org/globalsolutions.

For questions, contact globalsolutions@irex.org.

About the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge

The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is a virtual exchange initiative that supports career readiness in the U.S., Iraq and Jordan. Community college students from the U.S. and technical college and university students from Iraq and Jordan team up to solve global challenges facing the business sector across industries. The program improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, and develops enduring connections, while enhancing students’ job skills through online collaboration. 

The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. 

About the Stevens Initiative

The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career-readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. For further information, please visit http://www.stevensinitiative.org/ 

About IREX

IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.

Now accepting facilitator applications for Global Solutions Conversations.


About Global Solutions Conversations

Faculty members at community colleges and universities in the US, and universities in Jordan and Iraq are invited to apply to participate in the Global Solutions Conversations, a series of virtual exchanges to connect students in the U.S., Iraq, and Jordan. Students will meet for live conversations about their culture and global issues in their community. The program offers the following benefits to participating students, faculty and schools:

  • Participants will increase cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Participants will be able to explain the design thinking process.
  • Participants will practice empathy through listening to others.


To apply, scroll down and select the button "Create Your Account". Once you create your account, you'll be directed to the application page.

To learn more about Global Solutions Conversations, what it means to be a Global Solutions facilitator, and eligibility requirements, visit www.irex.org/globalsolutions.

For questions, contact globalsolutions@irex.org.

Global Solutions Conversations is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute.

About the Stevens Initiative
The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career-readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. For further information, please visit http://www.stevensinitiative.org/

About IREX
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.

Now accepting facilitator applications for the Fall 2021 Cohort


Faculty members at community colleges and universities in the US, and universities in Jordan and Iraq are invited to apply to participate in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge’s upcoming Fall 2021 cohort during the months of October - November 2021. The Global Solutions Program offers the following benefits to participating students, faculty and schools: 


  • Authentic virtual exchange that models the modern workplace and develops meaningful relationships with peers in another country through 
  • Expansion of professional networks for faculty and students. The program is a great way for faculty to support students in developing skills that will make them more competitive throughout their careers.  


To apply, scroll down and select the button "Create Your Account". Once you create your account, you'll be directed to the application page.

To learn more about Global Solutions, what it means to be a Global Solutions facilitator, and eligibility requirements, visit www.irex.org/globalsolutions.

For questions, contact globalsolutions@irex.org.

About the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge
The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is a virtual exchange initiative that supports career readiness in the U.S., Iraq and Jordan. Community college and university students from the U.S. and technical college and university students from Iraq and Jordan team up to solve global challenges facing the business sector across industries. The program improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, and develops enduring connections, while enhancing students’ job skills through online collaboration.
The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute.

About the Stevens Initiative
The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career-readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. For further information, please visit http://www.stevensinitiative.org/

About IREX
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.

Now accepting facilitator applications for the Spring 2022 Cohort


Faculty members at community colleges and universities in the US, and universities in Jordan and Iraq are invited to apply to participate in the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge’s upcoming Spring 2022 cohort during the months of February - April 2022. The Global Solutions Program offers the following benefits to participating students, faculty and schools:


  • Authentic virtual exchange that models the modern workplace and develops meaningful relationships with peers in another country through 
  • Expansion of professional networks for faculty and students. The program is a great way for faculty to support students in developing skills that will make them more competitive throughout their careers.  


To apply, scroll down and select the button "Create Your Account". Once you create your account, you'll be directed to the application page.

To learn more about Global Solutions, what it means to be a Global Solutions facilitator, and eligibility requirements, visit www.irex.org/globalsolutions.

For questions, contact globalsolutions@irex.org.

About the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge
The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is a virtual exchange initiative that supports career readiness in the U.S., Iraq and Jordan. Community college and university students from the U.S. and technical college and university students from Iraq and Jordan team up to solve global challenges facing the business sector across industries. The program improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, and develops enduring connections, while enhancing students’ job skills through online collaboration.
The Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute.

About the Stevens Initiative
The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career-readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa while growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange: online, international, and collaborative learning. The Stevens Initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. It is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. For further information, please visit http://www.stevensinitiative.org/

About IREX
IREX is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world by empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, and extending access to quality education and information. For further information, please go to: http://www.irex.org.

IREX has allocated funds to support the academic institutions of Global Solutions teams with technology access.

US facilitators for the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge will receive a $100 stipend to be used towards technology needs.

Submit here the following items:

1. Business Concept (see template)

2. Video Link

3. Three to five photos of your prototype

Required: Student participants were sent the final survey directly through Alchemer. Completion of the survey by all team members is a required component of the final submission. If a student has not received the email, first check spam, then reach out to globalsolutions@irex.org.


SAVE THE DATES

Virtual Global Business Expo (for more information)

  • Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm ET / 9:00pm to 10:30pm MENA

Finalist Run-through: Participants identified as the top six finalists will be invited to a run-through. The run-through will allow finalists to practice the flow of the event and use the technology.

  • Tuesday April 20, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm ET / 9:00pm to 10:00pm MENA