The Barzinji Institute for Global Virtual Learning seeks to encourage institutions of higher education who are serving diverse societies, both in the United States and around the world, to explore the similarities and differences in their missions and practices, the challenges they face and the solutions they create to promote collaboration and advance collaboration in higher education.
What We Are
The Jamal Barzinji Institute for Global Virtual Learning honors Dr. Barzinji’s legacy as an educator, community builder, and humanitarian. This collaboration provides opportunities for individuals and institutions to explore, analyze, and engage in critical thinking, and cross-cultural communication to identify and pursue shared goals.
The Barzinji Institute for Global Learning: A Legacy of Dr. Jamal Barzinji
“Respect for humanity is the foundation of all interaction.” – Dr. Jamal Barzinji
Global Virtual Learning Announces Collaborative Projects Designed in COIL Workshop
Fellows underwent extensive training on Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).
Global Virtual Learning Introduces the Barzinji Service Delegates
Barzinji Service delegates selected from the SU community will collect data around the problem of food insecurity in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
Honoring Dr. Jamal Barzinji
Respect for humanity is the foundation of all interaction.”
Dr. Jamal Barzinji was an intellectual educator and community builder who advocated for “collective action on pressing contemporary issues. Education, health care, civil rights, racial justice, gender equality — he did not view these as political or intellectual debates, but as pivotal opportunities to create and ensure societal harmony.” (Islamic Horizons, 2015) He was involved in the establishment of many major Islamic organizations in the United States over the last four decades, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the International Institution of Islamic Thought (IIIT), and previously served for many years as an academic dean at the International Islamic University in Malaysia (Islamic Horizons, 2015). In order to honor Dr. Barzinji’s legacy as an educator, community builder and humanitarian, Shenandoah University launched the Jamal Barzinji Project for International Collaboration to Advance Higher Education.
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The Barzinji Project & Shenandoah University
Shenandoah has partnered with Bridgewater College and two universities in Muslim-majority countries (the University of Sarajevo, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and the International Islamic University Malaysia in Selangor, Malaysia) to learn how to provide better opportunities for civil discourse within higher education.
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