Last year, we reported on a “virtual exchange” program called M²GATE connecting U-M undergraduate students with students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to create a meaningful, international experience.
After months of using BlueJeans videoconferencing and other collaborative technology to stay connected, they finally got to meet one another in real life.
“It’s amazing to finally get to meet all my teammates in person,” said Fatima Ezzahra El Mourabit of team Alters. “We had a lot of time meeting virtually on Skype and on BlueJeans, and we did a lot and often, actually. Finally getting to meet each other is pretty beautiful.”