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Carolina’s area study centers support students and faculty as they work in all regions of the world. (photo courtesy of Allie Day)

Five global studies centers awarded $8.6 million

Five global area studies centers were awarded approximately $8.6 million in competitive federal Title VI funding over the next four years.

Through two programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, UNC-Chapel Hill received approximately $4 million for National Resource Centers and $4.6 million for Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarships.

“The grants support Carolina faculty and students as they work in all regions of the world,” said Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, senior associate dean for social sciences and global programs in the College.

The African Studies Center, Carolina Asia Center, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. Center for European Studies and Institute for the Study of the Americas have been designated National Resource Centers.

The African Studies Center, the Carolina Asia Center, the Center for European Studies and the Institute for the Study of the Americas also received Foreign Language and Area Studies awards, which provide graduate and advanced undergraduate students with intensive summer language instruction and academic year support for language and area studies courses.

With the support of these grants, the centers provide support for programs and activities such as:

  • Languages Across the Curriculum: Integrates languages — from Arabic and French to Spanish and Korean — into courses offered outside language departments.
  • Faculty Support: Supports language instruction, research, teaching and curriculum development.
  • World View: A program that equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices and resources through seminars and symposia, international study visits abroad and online instruction.
  • Opening Access to Global Opportunities: Opens opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students pursuing international education.

For more, visit http://areastudies.unc.edu.