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Global Perspectives Thrive at US Universities

“We get so focused on our tiny community when our community is actually the whole entire world,” said Megan McGlothen, a representative from Montana State University who hosted a cohort of secondary school teachers for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA). “Bringing in international teachers, international students, and sending our students and representatives abroad is incredibly important to bring that focus forward.”

“We get so focused on our tiny community when our community is actually the whole entire world,” said Megan McGlothen, a representative from Montana State University who hosted a cohort of secondary school teachers for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA).

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TEA teachers share ideas for global learning techniques.

Sharing Pakistan’s Diversity in California

When Om walked into his International Affairs class at California State University-Chico dressed in the traditional Pakistani long tunic and pants known as “shalwar kameez,” he described the presentation as, “A real exam of confidence.” Om, a Pakistani student in the United States for one semester, shared vivid details of this home and culture, proudly serving his role as a cultural ambassador

When Om walked into his International Affairs class at California State University-Chico dressed in the traditional Pakistani long tunic and pants known as “shalwar kameez,” he described the presentation as, “A real exam of confidence.” Om, a Pakistani student in the United States for one semester, shared vivid details of this home and culture, proudly serving his role as a cultural ambassador.

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Pakistan student Om giving cultural presentation

Fueling Change in Georgia

A new Technocenter in Tbilisi is merging scientific innovation with economic growth and environmental sustainability, a win-win situation for Georgia’s environment and economy as the country seeks to establish itself as a leader in sustainable development. The streets of Tbilisi could soon be filled with buses powered by environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel. The biofuel- produced for the first time in Georgia- comes from a small-scale facility at Ilia State University’s Technocenter, a technology transfer center that was established through an alumni project grant through the University Administration Support Program (UASP).

Biodiesel fuel production in Georgian TechnoCenterA new Technocenter in Tbilisi is merging scientific innovation with economic growth and environmental sustainability, a win-win situation for Georgia’s environment and economy as the country seeks to establish itself as a leader in sustainable development. The streets of Tbilisi could soon be filled with buses powered by environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel.

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Karchkhadze produces biofuel at a TechnoCenter in Georgia he established after his UASP fellowship.

Syrian Youth Voices in the Debate on Syria

“It will increase intolerance…it will increase terrorism, it will increase displacement…”

So declared Rana Youssef in a recent debate as she argued against foreign military intervention in Syria. As a young Syrian woman who left her country due to the ongoing conflict, Rana’s is a voice the international community doesn’t often hear. But thanks to IREX partners and training, Rana voiced her position loud and clear at Istanbul Kültür University during a live public debate. Rana is one of several Syrian youth who are now better equipped to advocate for their beliefs and make their voices heard and respected.

“It will increase intolerance…it will increase terrorism, it will increase displacement…”

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Debate participant Rana Youssef races against the clock in a debate.

Georgian Newspapers Go From Print to Multimedia

When readers of three regional Georgian newspapers checked those websites for election news last Sunday, they saw more than they might have expected. IREX G-MEDIA program partners are no longer limited to their print editions. The newspapers Akhali Gazeti, Guria News and Samkhretis Karibche are now producing video stories, talk shows, live streaming and interactive programs through their websites.

When readers of three regional Georgian newspapers checked those websites for election news last Sunday, they saw more than they might have expected. IREX G-MEDIA program partners are no longer limited to their print editions.

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Journalists from three regional newspapers in Georgia learned new techniques to broadcast online content and diversify their offerings.

Social Media Supporting Good Governance in the Middle East

Viral videos, social networks, mobile applications, websites, and more launched through IREX’s Social Media Social Action program SM|SA have touched thousands of lives and improved civic engagement across the Middle East. After two and a half years, the program is transitioning to a new focus - engaging civil society in the Irbid governorate of Jordan to use social media for advocacy and civic engagement to improve municipal services.

Viral videos, social networks, mobile applications, websites, and more launched through IREX’s Social Media Social Action SM|SA program have touched thousands of lives and improved civic engagement across the Middle East. After two and a half years, the program is transitioning to a new focus - engaging civil society in the Irbid governorate of Jordan to use social media for advocacy and civic engagement to improve municipal services.

Young Female Leaders Transforming Conflict in Israel

Ortal Be’eri, a 2012 Community Solutions Program (CSP) leader, believes young women can play a vital role in healing the divisions that have scarred the Middle East. Be’eri, who works at Creativity for Peace, a nonprofit organization aimed at developing the next generation of Palestinian and Israeli female leaders. Be’eri recently implemented a project that created a network of 24 young Jewish Israeli, Arab Israeli and Palestinian women involved in political parties. The young women are now implementing their own project to foster dialogue between youth attending Jewish and Arab schools in mixed Israeli cities.

As an Israeli, Ortal Be’eri has known conflict all her life – and she believes young women can play a vital role in healing the divisions that have scarred the Middle East. “We live the conflict, we are all part of it and we can’t really escape it,” says Be’eri, who works at Creativity for Peace, a nonprofit organization aimed at developing the next generation of Palestinian and Israeli female leaders. “It is past, present and future.

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Jeanne Isler leads a workshop to empower Israeli and Palestinian young leaders

Scholarship Spurs Biotech Success in Kazakhstan

Western Kazakhstan’s oil boom has brought plenty of money to the developing nation, but also plenty of toxic waste. Giant pools of oil sludge dot the landscape where rigs have drilled and since moved on. With so much liquid gold awaiting extraction, cleanup can become an afterthought. But Raikhan, a budding young scientist, is busy now figuring out a way to use naturally occurring bacteria to clean up the messes left by the oil industry. Her studies have been made possible through a scholarship from the BOTA Foundation

Oil Sludge in KazakhstanWestern Kazakhstan’s oil boom has brought plenty of money to the developing nation, but also plenty of toxic waste. Giant pools of oil sludge dot the landscape where rigs have drilled and since moved on. With so much liquid gold awaiting extraction, cleanup can become an afterthought.

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Raikhan - a BOTA tuition assistance recipient.

Keeping Armenians Safe in Next Major Quake

In 1988, a devastating earthquake struck the northwestern region of Armenia, killing at least 25,000 people and leaving more than half a million homeless. Muskie alumna Gohar Hovhanniysan is currently leading a project to use damage data from the 1988 earthquake and collect new data to assess the vulnerability of buildings in Yerevan. The team she works is modeling two different earthquake scenarios for the city, calculating potential damage to buildings as well as population and economic losses. 

In 1988, a devastating earthquake struck the northwestern region of Armenia, killing at least 25,000 people and leaving more than half a million homeless. Gohar Hovhannisyan, now a researcher with Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences, was 17 at the time. “I distinctly remember the earthquake,” she recalled. “The sense of confusion, the fear with which people ran out from the buildings into the street and their unwillingness to return.” Hovhannisyan believes the earthquake’s tragic impact could have been mitigated with better planning.

Skype Your Mayor: Ukrainian Library Hosts Online Town Hall

Developing a strong relationship with the local community requires time and effort from government representatives and the local community alike. In Boryspil, Ukraine, the Mayor’s Office launched the initiative “Skype with the Mayor” with the local library to improve communications with citizens. Every Wednesday, Mayor Anatoliy Fedorchuk meets with citizens to discuss some of their concerns and solutions to the problems that their community faces.  

Developing a strong relationship with the local community requires time and effort from government representatives and the local community alike. In Boryspil, Ukraine, the Mayor’s Office launched the initiative “Skype with the Mayor” with the local library to improve communications with citizens. Every Wednesday, Mayor Anatoliy Fedorchuk meets with citizens to discuss some of their concerns and solutions to the problems that their community faces.  

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Local entrepreneur talks with the Mayor via Skype at the Boryspil Library
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