Education Changes and Trends in 2021 With Soraya Beheshti

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All schools in the United Arab Emirates are now back to 100% face to face learning, but what has changed over the past two academic years? In this episode of the Teach Middle East Podcast, we explore the changes and trends in the region’s education system with Soraya Beheshti.

Bio:  Soraya Beheshti is the Regional Director of Crimson Education for the Middle East and Africa, a growth stage ed-tech firm. She graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, where she received a scholarship and Dean’s Honors six times. At university, Soraya founded a non-profit startup building blockchain-based tech products for refugees. For this work, her team won the Columbia Innovation Award, among others, and
enrolled into the first IBM Blockchain Accelerator.

As a student, she was invited to the UAE Mission to the UN to participate in think ins’ on youth issues in the UAE, conducted sustainability workshops for government bodies, and was a member of the UNSDG Media Zone. She is also on the Board of Directors for Columbia AlumninAssociation of the UAE, where her responsibilities include outreach and engagement. Most recently, Soraya has
released an anthology of refugee stories, poetry and plant-based recipes from refugee homes, the proceeds for which will go to her foundation.

While at Columbia, Soraya took full advantage of CU’s global opportunities, taking a semester off to research and work with refugee communities in the Middle East and Europe; conduct conservation research in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil and study Arabic and Migration at Columbia’s Global Centers in Amman and Paris.

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