The Stevens Initiativeannounced today that Enactus Morocco and Enactus US is one of four new partnerships that will receive funding to implement virtual exchange programs that provide young people global education opportunities. The Initiative is committed to expanding the virtual exchange field by investing in promising programs, and this partnership is part of a strategic effort by the Stevens Initiative to encourage the adoption of virtual exchange throughout Morocco.
The Kingdom of Morocco prioritizes education and training as an essential tool for economic development that prepares young people to enter the workforce. This moment is an ideal time to integrate virtual exchange into schools and institutions across Morocco, giving young people the opportunity to develop global competencies and career-readiness skills. The Initiative is confident that these new programs will play a valuable role in this effort.
Under the Stevens Initiative, Enactus Entrepreneurial Exchange, implemented by Enactus Morocco and Enactus USA, engages university students through a four-week virtual and online entrepreneurship fundamentals course that culminates in a project pitch competition and the award of global entrepreneurship certificates. Using the largest experiential learning platform devoted to entrepreneurial action, students participate in diverse virtual exchange teams and create entrepreneurial projects addressing one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The exchange culminates with project pitches to be judged by a panel of business and other leaders and the awarding of global entrepreneurship certificates.
Through these grants, 1,400 young people from Morocco and 19 U.S. states will engage in virtual exchange, making meaningful intercultural connections and developing important skills. These grants were developed through the Initiative’s Design with a Partner pathway.
Hassan II University of Casablanca and Kennesaw State University’s Women’s Leadership Virtual Exchange engages students from both universities in a unique cross-cultural virtual exchange experience focused on better understanding women’s leadership through research, analysis, and digital storytelling.
Lydex and ASU Prep Digital’s Global Leadership Virtual Exchange provides students in Morocco and the United States a chance to work together via an online exchange course to gain collaboration, cross-cultural, and leadership skills.
School of Agriculture, Fertilization and Environmental Sciences (ESAFE), Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and Texas A&M AgriLife and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University’s ENGAGE: Leadership in a Virtual World is a collaborative seven-week virtual exchange program that introduces students to international intercultural competencies through a variety of group assignments with agricultural and non-agricultural leadership themes.
In addition to the grants above, the Initiative is partnering with additional institutions through Stevens Initiative Connected Classrooms. The Stevens Initiative supports the participation of Mohamed VI International Academy for Civil Aviation and Cadi Ayyad University Higher School of Technology of Essaouira in East Carolina University’s Global Understanding Program.
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 by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. Created in 2015 as a lasting tribute to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the Initiative is committed to helping to expand the virtual exchange field through three pillars of work: investing in promising programs, sharing knowledge and resources, and advocating for virtual exchange adoption.
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.