Program Profile


Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge

Post-secondary students from the U.S. and Jordan team up to take on the global challenges facing the hospitality field.

Global Solutions is a virtual exchange initiative that improves global citizenship, strengthens problem-solving skills, develops enduring connections, and increases enthusiasm for hospitality education. Professors from the U.S. and Jordan come together for an in-person curriculum training. The Global Solutions virtual curriculum guides the bi-national teams through a collaborative innovation process and virtual solutions fair. Finalist teams present their solution at an in-person summit.

  • Number of Participants: 384
  • Participant Age Group: Undergraduate/Young Adult
  • Partners in the United States: Florida Keys Community College, Kirkwood Community College, Northampton Community College
  • Partners in the Middle East: Al-Balqa Applied University, Al Quds University, Khawarizmi College
  • Project Duration: 16 Months (September 2017 – December 2018)

Global Solutions Sustainability Challenge is implemented by IREX and is supported by the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative (JCSVEI). JCSVEI is a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program administered by the Aspen Institute.