CGE signs MOU with Payap University in Thailand

Payap 1CGE signs MOU with Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand for cooperation with students and faculty. The President of Payap University, Dr. Sompan Wongdee, met with delegates from CGE to begin an association with their Southeast Asian Studies Center and the International College.

CGE has a long history of cooperation that will continue to highlight Thailand, with universities primarily in Bangkok. CGE members, all having access via the MOU, view this as strategic due to the richness of Payap’s own history with international course offerings, specially designed programs, and training that involves knowledge about local people groups and SE Asian peoples. Two Payap faculty from CGE member graduate programs, Melissa Stroud and Jay Stroud, currently teach at Payap University.

Payap 4Payap 5

CGE Testimonials – Alaina King, CGE Thessaloniki Summer 2014

The beautiful country of Greece provides the backdrop for one of CGE’s newly emerging study abroad programs. CGE is proud to partner with the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), located in the city for which it is named. The program’s signature course is “The Life and Teaching of the Apostle Paul”, and students can participate in summer or semester terms. The program offers an opportunity to live and study in a historic metropolis and includes several excursions to cities rich in Biblical history. Two Campbellsville University students recently returned from participating in the summer program in Thessaloniki. One of the students, Alaina, shares her experience with us:

“To someone considering an opportunity to study abroad – Do it. Everyone needs to leave what they’re used to and experience the world from a different perspective at least once in their lifetime. It’s worth whatever sacrifice you have to make. You will most certainly come home richer.”

AK 1

Alaina & Leslie at Veria with monument of Paul

“I really enjoyed getting to see the ancient sites. Many places, events, and people that I have learned about in books came to life in my mind. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that Apostle Paul and Alexander the Great walked some of the same paths I did.”

AK 2

Alaina & friends in front of the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens – site of the first modern Olympic Games

AK 3

Alaina & Leslie on the Acropolis of Thessaloniki

“What stuck out to me most about the culture in Thessaloniki is how friendly the people are. They will go out of their way and inconvenience themselves to help a stranger. Greece is full of beautiful sights, but the hospitality of its people is what really made this trip.”

AK 4

Alaina hiking on Mount Olympus

The Launching of a Directory of Inclusive Schools in Lebanon

CGE MEMBERS: Rejoice in your support for CGE and our skills shared that helped gain access to education for students with special needs in Lebanon! A special appreciation is given to faculty from Baylor, California Baptist, Carson Newman, Missouri Baptist, Oklahoma Baptist, Samford, and William Carey. Join in by participating in CGE’s Middle East Forum on September 17 that opens our 2014 Annual Meeting at Baylor, send a faculty member to SKILD’s October Beirut conference involving 70 private schools, celebrate the 3rd April 22 National Day next Spring, or attend a Colloquium on Inclusive Education hosted by CGE and Liverpool Hope University in July of 2015 at LHU’s campus. Thank you for your commitment to quality education and a heart for service and sharing. Contact us at for more information.





“The launching in 2013 of the National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties was a major milestone on a 1000 mile journey towards inclusive educational communities in Lebanon. This journey that started with a far-fetched dream is full of challenges, but not impossible.  On April 22nd, 2014, exactly one year later, the Lebanese Ministry of Education and its Center for Educational Research and Development, the British Council, and LSESD’s SKILD Center for Smart Kids with Individual Learning Differences celebrated the launching of a Directory of Inclusive Schools in Lebanon.  

Over the past year, “We were able to spread a culture of inclusion, a culture of respect towards the other, and respect towards the other who is different and has learning difficulties,” said Dr. Nabil Costa, Coordinator of Lebanon’s National Day for Students with Learning Difficulties. “We succeeded in letting people know that children with learning difficulties have the right of education just like others.  The days are long gone when a parent would receive a phone call from a school telling them that their child is not fit for education.”

The Directory, one of several fruits resulting from the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013 between the aforementioned four partners, introduces the concept of integration [physical, academic, social and partial], and some common myths and misconceptions around the teaching of learners with Special Education Needs. It includes 70 schools – private and public – from the various Lebanese governorates that now have inclusive programs. For each school it lists which types of special needs they are equipped to address, languages offered, the principal, and school contact information. There’s also a section listed for NGOs actively involved in this field of promoting and supporting special needs education in Lebanon. 


The launching event took place at a dinner gathering that brought together dignitaries including officials from the Ministry of Education including Director General Dr. Fady Yarak representing the Minister of Education and Dr. Layla Fayyad President of the Ministry’s Center for Educational Development and Research [CERD], MP Michel Moussa Head of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission, and MP Ghassan Moukheiber, former Minister of Education Dr. Hassan Diab, and Ms. Donna McGowan, Country Director of British council Lebanon. Also present were SKILD’s partners Dr. Carolyn Bishop, President of the Consortium for Global Education, and Dr. Tonya Crane, as well as leaders and representatives of inclusive education institutions in Lebanon. Jordan too.

During the event, Dr. Fady Yarak commended Dr. Nabil Costa and SKILD Center for their vision and exemplary efforts.  Dr. Fayyad spoke of the importance of inclusive educational communities, while Dr. Costa spoke of the necessity of having appropriate legislature in place that ensure inclusive public and private school.


Highlights of the evening included a very touching word by a special needs Beirut Baptist School student expressing appreciation for the steps taken to-date and reminding the audience that they have not yet attained all their rights. This was followed by a performances by an “inclusive” Beirut Baptist School choir and band that played both the Lebanese and the British national anthems, and a heartwarming song by students of Al Mabarrat school speaking of their rights and their potential.  

Another highlight was the viewing of a short video prepared for the occasion, which includes statements by the four partner organizations, i.e. the Ministry of Education, CERD, the British Council and SKILD, as well as heads of educational institutions and principals of private schools in Lebanon (inclusive and non-inclusive). The message communicated by the various speakers emphasized the importance of having in place policies and legislature that protect every child’s right of education and safeguard them against discrimination and marginalization.  Some Speakers shared success stories that further confirm the value of integration. 

Towards the end of the evening, copies of the Directory of Inclusive Schools in Lebanon were distributed. Others will be made available for distribution through educational institutions in Lebanon.”

-Alia Abboud

CGE members celebrate successful Spring Break trips for faculty and students!

2014-03-14 16.59.54CGE members celebrate successful Spring Break trips for faculty and students to Haiti, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Greece, Ireland, UK, France, and Italy. Contact our office if you have interests in short term, yet strategic study opportunities, 770-321-4897 or

CGE Testimonials – Ashley Moon in London!

Ashley Moon, Howard Payne University, CGE/CAPA London Spring 2014

London is one of CGE’s study abroad program locations that has gained the greatest momentum in 2014. This program is offered in partnership with CAPA International, recently ranked #6 overall for best study abroad program provider. Students in London have the option to study for a semester or summer term. London truly embodies a multi-cultural city, perhaps better than anywhere else in the world. Ashley Moon, a sophomore from Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, took part in the London program for the Spring 2014 semester. Ashley stayed extremely busy with a full load of classes, an internship in the area of photography, and chose to utilize a homestay option, living with a British family. (Students in the London program have the option to live in apartment style housing with other students or to do a homestay). CGE asked her to share her perspective on London and her overall experience overseas:

“My favorite thing about living in London is that there is always something new to explore. This city is so massive and there are unique and interesting things everywhere you look. Every time I got off work early or had some extra time, I would go somewhere new and I always ended up learning about culture or history or people. You are CONSTANTLY learning here!”

“This semester, I was surprised at how little I missed home. I studied in London last year for a semester and I was homesick the whole time. This year, I was homesick maybe 2 days out of the whole semester. I’m really close with my family, so I thought it would be really hard to be without them again, but became so close with 2 families here, so I never really got lonely.”

“Studying abroad is the most amazing experience. Living here is NOT the same as visiting. London never ever stops being exciting. I’ve lived here almost 7 months and I haven’t had a boring day yet.”

CGE goes to Dublin & London!

Ashley from the CGE Atlanta office is heading to Dublin and London on March 8th to take part in the CAPA Global Cities Theatre Conference. She will be abroad for an entire week and will be updating the CGE Blog daily with her exciting experiences and photos. Keep checking back to read all about her upcoming adventures! Click here to check out her first blog post, and don’t forget to leave a comment!580478_713302984108_87726960_n