Global Solutions

Global Solutions

Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is a virtual exchange initiative that supports workforce development in the US and Jordan. During the program, postsecondary students from the US and Jordan team up to take on the global challenges facing the hospitality field. The program improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, and develops enduring connections, while enhancing students’ job skills.

Global Solutions is funded by the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative, a program supported by the US State Department, and the Bezos Family Foundation.

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Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is a virtual exchange initiative that supports workforce development in the US and Jordan. During the program, postsecondary students from the US and Jordan team up to take on the global challenges facing the hospitality field. The program improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, and develops enduring connections, while enhancing students’ job skills.

Global Solutions is funded by the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative, a program supported by the US State Department, and the Bezos Family Foundation.

Partners

US Department of State seal, logo of the Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative

US Department of State, The Aspen Institute Stevens Initiative, IREX, Al Balqa Applied University, Al Quds University, Florida Keys Community College, Khawarizmi College, Kirkwood Community College, and Northampton Community College

Virtual Fair

Binational teams from the United States and Jordan created innovative solutions as part of the Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge’s Virtual Fair. 

Explore the teams’ top innovations »

Goals

  • Develop faculty skills in supporting innovation and global citizenship for their students.
  • Enhance students job skills in innovation, problem solving, and global citizenship.
  • Develop enduring connections between diverse colleges in the US and Jordan based on meaningful collaboration and virtual exchange.
  • Increase student enthusiasm and investment in cross-cultural communication and technology for youth.

Project Activities

  • A facilitator training workshop: Selected faculty from colleges and universities in the US and Jordan will attend a facilitator training session where they’ll learn about the challenge’s curriculum. The curriculum can be used in class and after school. During the training, facilitators will also meet their partners.
  • A binational virtual competition: Facilitators will put together gender-balanced teams of eight to pair up with their binational partner on complete teams of 16 over a 10-week period. Each team will create a hospitality-based solution to their selected sustainability problem, inspired by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Lessons and collaboration will include synchronous and asynchronous activities as each team researches, brainstorms, designs, tests, and pitches their innovative solution.
  • A virtual hospitality fair: Teams will submit their sustainability solutions in the form of a video and a brief document.
  • Global Solutions Summit in Washington, DC: Semifinalist teams with the top-ranked solutions will travel to Washington, DC, to present projects to a panel of expert judges from industry, academia, and the policy community. The grand prize winner will be announced at the event.

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