Training Future Leaders for Peace and Social Cohesion

In July 2013, Project Aladdin, in partnership with UNESCO, launched the International University for Intercultural Leadership in Istanbul to convene students from universities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas for an annual two-week “learn, live and connect together” program. The program now includes 70 partner universities around the world and a network of 500 alumni. The course combines lectures, field trips, case studies, and team-based projects. The purpose of the program is to increase the intercultural competency and skills of the participants, enhance their ability to thrive in a diverse work environment and celebrate diversity as an asset that can contribute to economic and cultural vitality. A hallmark of the program is its emphasis on learning the lessons of history and having a values-based approach to social cohesion and intercultural engagement.