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University of Nebraska Public Policy Center

UNL Global Virtual Exchange Project

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Global Virtual Project (, launched in Spring 2018, integrates transnational collaborative learning through virtual exchanges in seven courses in communication studies, computer science, creative writing, ethnic studies, hospitality and tourism management, journalism, and modern languages and literatures. The Stevens Initiative ( 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.

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 through videoconferencing, an online learning platform and social media to achieve learning objectives. Partner institutions include Oman Tourism College, the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Zayed University. Additional partners will be confirmed.

Nebraska is among the second cohort of virtual exchange programs to be funded by the Stevens Initiative. The initiative honors the legacy of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who devoted his life to building bridges between people from diverse cultures.

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