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UME successfully implements SAP internship program

UME is proud to announce the completion of the UME Saudi SAP internship program.  This program partnered UME with SAP, "the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services."  The UME Saudi SAP Internship program was our first large scale program enabled by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding.

The UME Saudi SAP internship program enabled 10 unemployed recent graduates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to gain six months of valuable experience in various fields within SAP Saudi Arabia, including Sales, Consultancy, Engineering, Marketing, Financial Management, HR - as well as the opportunity of permanent employment within SAP, its customer and partner community. As this is the inaugural program at SAP Saudi Arabia, UME' contribtued to the desgn of the program, implemented a thorough two part evaluation and provided mid program recommendations while this program was in session.  UME hopes that this is the first of many programs with SAP. 

The UME Saudi SAP internship program continued UME's work in promoting the 21st century work skills of collaboration, consensus building and critical thinking skills in a multicultural work environment. Through this program, UME hopes to address the major issue of unemployment in young people and contribute to the stability to the MENA region.  

Egyptian UME Alumna Wins 2013 Model Teacher of the Year Award

Egyptian UME Alumna Wins 2013 Model Teacher of the Year Award

 

UME is proud to announce that Nevine Farid, UME alumna (TEI 2009, CEW 2010) has won the 2013 Model Teacher Award for the Cairo governorate-Road El Farag Directorate. Nevine was recognized for her teaching training workshops that she designed and developed at the 2010 CEW in Cairo. Nevine trained over 500 teachers in Cairo through following workshops:

  • Democracy and the Social Role of Youth
  • Violance Prevention
  • How to protect kids Against Sexual Harassement
  • Leadership and Human resources

 

 

Congratulations Nevine! We are so proud of you!

 


Alumni in Morocco successfully implement large scale workshop

AMA Project Creation, Leadership and Management Skills Workshop

 

UME is proud to announce that the Association of Moroccan Alumni of the UME (AMA) has successfully implemented the Project Creation, Leadership, and Management Skills Workshop between April 11 - 16, 2013.

Sponsored by the AMA's first successful grant to the American Embassy in Rabat, this workshop included over 40 Moroccan youth from 12 different cities in Morocco who engaged in public speaking, effective communication skills, collaborative art, coflict resolution,and project management sessions taught by UME Alumni.

Established in 2006, the AMA has conducted numerous local workshops throughout Morocco, as well as co-implemented UME programs with UME staff in Boston. However, this ambitious workshop was the first nation wide initiative undertaken by the AMA and by all reports an amazingly successful one. 

All of us at UME are so proud of our colleagues in Morocco and wish them the best of luck on future projects!

Ray Matsumiya

Executive Director


UME Participant Named State Dept Alumnus of the month

 

 

Samira Idelcadi named State Dept Alumnus of the Month _______________________________________________________

UME is proud to announce that Samira Idelcadi (TEI 2006, CAI 2008 and CEW 2010) was named US State Department's Bureau of Cultual and Educational Affairs International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month.  Samira is being recognized for the vital role she played in helping connect hundreds of Moroccans and Americans in the spirit of mutual understanding via the Somerville-Tiznit

Sister Cities Exchange.  Please click here to see Samira's accomplishments on the US State Department International Exchanges Website.

According to the State Department representative presenting this wonderful news to UME, "Of more than 1,000,000 alumni around the world, Samira is only the 89th alumna to receive this honor“

Throughout the month of January, she will be featured on the State Department’s International Exchange Alumni website which is followed by more than 100,000 of her alumni peers around the world.

Congratulations Samira!

 

 

UME Alumni Activities Update

TEI alumni activities update

I recently returned from an inspiring trip to Morocco that highlighted the amazing work of our TEI alumni made possible by UME institutes and workshops.

In Marrakesh, Houssnia (2007 alumna), inspired by the UME led Somerville – Tiznit Sister Cities Partnership, helped re invigorate the long dormant Scottsdale – Marrakesh Sister City relationship with a week long educational and cultural immersion trip to Scottsdale, AZ with five of her students. This potentially life changing experience for her students required two years of intense, dedicated effort, as Houssnia nearly singlehandedly fundraised, organized and obtained permissions from various ministries to make her project a reality.

Houssnia and her students in Scottsdale, AZ

To see a short video of Houssnia’s students in Scottsdale please click here

 

On her experience, Houssnia said “I wanted my students to feel the excitement and growth I had during my UME program in Boston. You have inspired in me, this project for peace work that will serve the world to become a better place. I believe that these projects of sister cities bring people together and clear away the stereotypes that the mass-media create about people and nations.”


 

In Rabat, the Alumni of Moroccan Alumni of the University of the Middle East Project (AMA) made a major step in its development by applying for and receiving its first large-scale grant from the US embassy. The AMA is a legally recognized, independent NGO established by UME’s Moroccan Alumni in 2007. Following years of accomplishing high – impact but small-scale initiatives with extremely limited resources, this grant will enable the AMA to do its work on a grander scale and implement a series of multi - phase workshops promoting civic engagement for students in ten different regions in Morocco. UME is tremendously proud and excited for the AMA wish Samira Idelcadi, the new AMA president the best of luck for this groundbreaking initiative.

New Program Announcement: UME/SAP Internship Program

 

SAPUME Saudi SAP Internship Program


UME is proud to announce the UME Saudi SAP internship program, to be implemented during the winter of 2012. UME is excited to work with SAP, "the world leader in enterprise software and software-related services" on our first major program enabled by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funding.

The UME Saudi SAP internship program seeks to continue UME's work in promoting the 21st century work skills of collaboration, consensus building and critical thinking skills in a multicultural work environment. Through this program, UME hopes to address the major issue of unemployment in young people and contribute to the stability to the MENA region.  

The UME Saudi SAP internship program will enable unemployed recent graduates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to gain six months of valuable experience in various fields within SAP Saudi Arabia, including Sales, Consultancy, Engineering, Marketing, Financial Management, HR - as well as the opportunity of permanent employment within SAP, its customer and partner community. As this is the inaugural program at SAP Saudi Arabia, UME's primary role will be to implement a thorough evaluation and provide recommendations for future programs of this type.  


 

UME Director Presents an "Idea Worth Spreading" at TEDx

UME Director Presents an "Idea Worth Spreading" at TEDx

The Executive Director of UME gave a talk entitled the "Connectivity of Cultures" at the inaugral TEDx Somerville event on March 4th. Ray Matsumiya's talk featured the UME led Somerville-Tiznit Sister Cities partnership as evidence that contrary to a "clash of civilizations" that there is an inherent need for people to connect, regardless of nationality, culture or religion.

The full video of the talk can be viewed by clicking here

TEDx Somerville was a sold out event at the Arts at the Armory Building with over 400 people attending a day long event featuring 22 speakers from a variety of fields, musical entertainment, and an art exhibition. We were honored to be able to bring our message of mutual understanding in the MENA region to a larger audience, both in Somerville and online via the TED website and TEDx channel on YouTube. We would like to thank C.Todd Lombardo, John Neely Productions and the entire TEDx Somerville team for organizing an amazing day full of "ideas worth spreading".

UME Director Presents an "Idea Worth Spreading" at TEDx

Dear UME Supporter,

The Executive Director of UME gave a talk entitled the "Connectivity of Cultures" at the inaugral TEDx Somerville event on March 4th. Ray's talk featured the UME led Somerville-Tiznit Sister Cities partnership as evidence that contrary to a "clash of civilizations" that there is an inherent need for people to connect, regardless of nationality, culture or religion.

The full video of the talk can be viewed by clicking here

TEDx Somerville was a sold out event at the Arts at the Armory Building with over 400 people attending a day long event featuring 22 speakers from a variety of fields, musical entertainment, and an art exhibition. We were honored to be able to bring our message of mutual understanding in the MENA region to a larger audience, both in Somerville and online via the TED website and TEDx channel on YouTube. We would like to thank C.Todd Lombardo, John Neely Productions and the entire TEDx Somerville team for organizing an amazing day full of "ideas worth spreading".

2011: A Year in Photos and a Request for Support

2011: A Year in Photos and a Request for Support

2011 was a truly memorable year for the University of the Middle East Project. During this historic and tumultuous time in the MENA region and a challenging economic environment worldwide, UME pooled its resources and its large volunteer network to implement 3 major programs in Boston, Washington DC and Tiznit, Morocco. 

In 2011, UME programs included 66 educators and community leaders who traveled between the US and MENA region, over 200 community members who participated in UME programming, and an estimated 7,000 youth who were impacted by educators participating in UME programs.

UME is proud to share with you some highlights from our programming in 2011 which included our 11th annual Teacher Education Institute in Boston, and our large scale Community Partnership for Employment Program that included a phase in Tiznit, Morocco and a phase in Somerville, MA.  Our year ended on an artistic note as the Sister Cities visions Art Exhibition opened at the Brickbottom Art Gallery during the Fall of this year.

As you review the extraordinary work we have accomplished in our year in photographs below, please consider donating to UME this holiday season. 

Your contribution will help us continue our important work in promoting critical and creative thinking, 21st century job skills, and mutual understanding during this most pivotal time in the MENA region.

Please donate by clicking on the link below.

http://www.ume.org/support/donate-online

Many thanks in advance for your support and enjoy our year in photographs!

Best Wishes,


Ray Matsumiya

Executive Director


2011 UME Programs

Somerville CPE participants with Moroccan educators and youth during Phase One of the Community Partnership

for Employment Program in Tiznit, Morocco: April 15-22, 2011

Participants from 9 MENA countries at the 2011 Teacher Education Institute
in Boston, MA and Washington DC: July 2-July 29, 2011
 
Tiznit Participants in front of Somerville City Hall with Mayor Joe Curtatone during Phase Two of the
Community Partnership for Employment Program: April 28-May 5, 2011
 

 "Sister Cities Visions" Exhibition at the Brickbottom Art Gallery displayed between September 18th-October 22, 2011

Addtional art can be viewed by clicking here


Media Coverage 2011

The CPE in the Boston Globe: YourTown Section, May 4, 2011:

Please click here to read article

The CPE in The Somerville Journal, May 5, 2011: Please click here to read article

 The CPE in the Agence Maghreb Arabe Presse, April 18, 2011:

Please click here to read article

The TEI in The Somerville News, July 20, 2011: Please click here to read article


UME Programs: A Year in Photos

TEI Participants engaging in a class at Simmons College


Mayor Curtatone declared April 28th, 2011 "Tiznit-Somerville Day" at the

Board of Aldermans meeting upon arrival of the Moroccan delegation

A living statue created by the youth of Teen Empowerment
and TEI participants

2011 Gala Celebration at Simmons College
 


State representative Denise Provost and UME Executive Director presenting a tapestry of historic Somerville sites to Governor Driss Benaddou of Tiznit

CPE Participant Karen Krolack and UME staff member Erin Jenkins dressed in traditional Berber wedding attire at the closing ceremony in Tiznit.

Professional Development conference TEI group presentations
at the El Hibri Foundation in Washington DC

 
CPE Participant and filmmaker, Said Belli at a tour of the MIT campus.


CPE Tiznit educators at the Arthur D. Healey School in Somerville

CPE participants visiting progressive transit projects being implemented in Tiznit

 
TEI participants on a Boston Harbor Cruise 

 
The delegation touring the Massachusetts State House with Rep. Provost

TEI participants in class

CPE participant Josh Wairi being interviewed by a local Moroccan televeision station

CPE participants at the El Mers Cultural Center in Tiznit

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year,

Sincerely,

Ray


Please click here to donate to UME.

Checks to the University of the Middle East Project are also accepted at

191 Highland Ave, Suite 2A

Somerville, MA 02143

A Summer to Remember at the Teacher Education Institute

The University of the Middle East Project is proud to announce the successful implementation of the eleventh annual Teacher Education Institute (TEI)! 

This year's TEI participants were a truly memorable group of 26 dynamic and dedicated teachers from nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Spurred on by the exciting and historic changes in the MENA region, the TEI educators were an especially motived group this year. UME prides itself in providing the most cutting edge and relevant educational resources to its teachers, and the 2011 TEI curriculum focused on youth development for the 21st Century workplace, a key factor in the current context in the MENA region.  UME also added to the diversity of the TEI cohort with the exciting addition of Turkish educators who added thier own unique perspective to our multi national learning evironment.  Lastly, the group embarked on a journey to Washington D.C. during their last week culminating with the professional development conference at the El Hibri Foundation in the nations capital.
 
Opening Ceremony at Simmons College

 

The first week of this year’s TEI was quite eventful. Participants arrived to 4th of July celebrations complete with BBQ's and firework viewing.  They then started classes and finished the week with a site visit to the Massachussetts State House where UME friend and supporter Representative Denise Provost hosted participants.  Key members of the education committee came to discuss issues that are universal and context specific that educators face.
 
Executive Director Ray Matsumiya, Representative Provost
and Mohammed Makhfi

 

During the second week, Mr. Tom Johnston, Senior Program Officer of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, spent several days in Boston with TEI participants and staff, engaging in a lively dialogue about the participants’ impressions of the U.S., and exchanging ideas around education and development in the MENA region.
Tom Johnston, center, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

 

Every year, UME organizes a scavenger hunt that takes the participants through Boston’s landmarks and historical sites. Divided in four multi-national groups, the 2011 TEI participants braved the heat to ultimately do a fantastic job at finishing all the assigned tasks and familiarizing themselves with some of Boston’s most renowned historical sites.
Discovering Boston through a Scavenger Hunt

 

One of the Teacher Education Institute’s yearly traditions is a luncheon hosted by UME friends and supporters, Bob Frank and Jennifer Coplon, at their Boston residence. After a Discover Roxbury tour of the history of Roxbury, participants gathered at Jennifer and Bob’s for a delicious meal and exciting exchange among friends and colleagues from throughout the U.S. and MENA. UME was especially honored Mel King, a civil rights activist famous for founding the South End Technology Center, attended this event. He brought a unique perspective and dialogue to the afternoon.
 
Lunch hosted at the home of Professors Bob Frank and Jennifer Coplon

 

Over the course of the month-long intellectual, cultural and professional exchange program, through hands-on class sessions, research projects and visits to cultural and educational sites, participants developed innovative teaching methodologies and acquired new tools and pedagogies to actively engage their students in the learning process, enhance critical and creative thinking, and foster student involvement in their local and global communities.

 

TEI faculty members were leading scholars and practitioners drawn from universities and institutions in the northeastern United States, with backgrounds from throughout the world.
Participants engaging in a class about critical pedagogy.

 

 
A site visit was held at Newton North where participants interacted with classrooms about thier educational experiences.
 
 
Participants posing with the Chelsea Youth Collaborative Activists during a site visit showing how an organization creates youth engagement using limited resources.

 

A living statue created by the youth of Teen Empowerment and participants during a site visit highlighting the implementation of interactives as a teaching tool.

 

The UME annual Summer Celebration was a wonderful evening of dynamic exchange among TEI participants, UME supporters, friends, staff, Board members and faculty, as well as distinguished invited guests. Executive Director Ray Matsumiya and Representative Denise Provost addressed the group about the significance of programs like TEI and also other partnerships forged by UME facilitated through the Sister City exchange programs.
 

2011 Gala Celebration at Simmons College
 
The 2011 Teacher Education Institute culminated in a remarkable Professional Development Conference in Washington D.C.  The group was hosted by American University where they toured and participated in sessions at the United States Institute of Peace. Participants highlighted their teaching talents while presenting group projects at the El Hibri Foundation at the interactive professional development conference. Multinational and multi-disciplinary groups of participants presented interactive educational workshops that they developed throughout the Institute, with the support of TEI core faculty member Yamila Hussein. Themes ranged from virtual learning communities in the classroom to motivation and engagement in the classroom.
 
Professional Development conference group presentations at the El Hibri Foundation
 
Groups presented innovative ideas that combined the concepts explored in the classroom througout the month.
 
Many thanks to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Koc Foundation, the El Hibri Foundation for making this program possible. Special thanks to all our faculty and Omaima and Walid, our resident advisors for all thier support and expertise.
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