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UME partners with Envoys and the AMA to implement cross cultural exchange programs

UME is pleased to announce a partnership with Envoys , a Cambridge. MA and Bogota, Columbia based educational organization that specializes in educational exchanges for high school students to develop cultural competancy and a global perspective.

UME and its alumni at the Association for Moroccan Alumni of UME (AMA) will be working with Envoys in the program design and implementation of two trips planned for March and June, 2014. UME is very excited about this partnership and hopes it is the first of many to come. 

 

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.

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