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UNC International Centers Awarded $11.29 Million in Federal Education Grants

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CHAPEL HILL, NC Seven international centers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received competitive Title VI grant awards from the U.S. Department of Education that will total US$11.29 million over the next four years. The awards support foreign-language and area studies fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students, language instruction, teaching, research and community outreach involving Africa, Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East, as well as international studies and business education spanning the globe.

Grant funds are being awarded to six designated National Resource Centers (NRCs) in UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center five in the College of Arts and Sciences and one in the Center for Global Initiatives. UNC is tied for fifth place for the largest number of NRCs on one campus, behind the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (8 each), Indiana University and the University of Washington (7 each). The University of Michigan also has 6 NRCs.

Title VI funds are also being awarded to the UNC
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Kenan-Flagler School of Business – one of 33 such centers nationwide designed to increase global competitiveness.

“These coveted awards recognize UNC’s essential role in global education, which remains a top priority of this University as we address the world’s greatest challenges and prepare our students for leadership in the 21st century,” said Ronald P. Strauss, executive associate provost. He oversees
UNC Global, the university’s international initiatives.

Interdisciplinary programs supported by the federal grant awards include:

•    New faculty:  Funds will support new positions for faculty experts on Arabic languages and literature, European economics, and energy and environmental issues in Central Asia or the Caucasus, and for lecturers to teach Persian, Swahili and Wolof.

•    Languages Across the Curriculum: Established in 1996, LAC integrates the use of languages (from French and Spanish to Swahili and Turkish) into courses offered outside departments of languages and literatures. This gives undergraduates the chance to apply their language skills in a variety of disciplinary settings, while offering graduate student instructors important training in teaching languages.

•    Global Music:  A radio program broadcasting local music from all over the world through Web streaming and WXYC.

•    World View:  Helps teachers in grades K-12 and community colleges internationalize their courses and activities through seminars and symposia, residential “crash” courses, international study visits abroad, online instruction and newsletters

•    LEARN NC: A Web-based clearinghouse, providing K-12 educators with free online lesson plans, learning materials and other resources on a variety of subjects including world cultures and languages. Sponsored by the School of Education.

The following UNC centers have received the U.S. Department of Education grants:

African Studies Center ($1.66 million): One of 12 National Resource Centers in the U.S. focusing on Africa, it supports a range of activities that bring together faculty, students and the community to focus on the interconnected issues of African democratization, development, gender and health.

•    Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations ($1.37 million): Takes a cross-regional approach to break down traditional definitions of the Middle East in order to track the global flow of ideas, commodities and people. One of 19 National Resource Centers on the Middle East, it is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

•    Center for European Studies ($1.46 million): Advances understanding of the social, political and economic events that shape contemporary Europe, in particular European integration. It is one of only four centers nationwide that receive funding from both the U.S. Department of Education (as a National Resource Center) and the European Commission (as a European Union Center of Excellence).

•    Center for Global Initiatives ($1.83 million). One of 11 National Resource Centers in global studies, it serves as a catalyst for the innovative work of faculty and students, especially around the issues of:  peace and conflict resolution; global health; migration, citizenship and identity; and the globalization of the American South.

•    Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies ($2.1 million). One of 15 National Resource Centers in this field, it is operated jointly by UNC and Duke University, facilitating collaborations among faculty and students of both campuses.

•    Institute for the Study of the Americas ($1.35 million). One of 17 National Resource Centers focusing on the region, the institute focuses on Mexico and Central America, South America and the Caribbean. It is part of the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

•    UNC Center for International Business Education and Research ($1.51 million). Housed in the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise at Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC CIBER  addresses international business issues significant to North Carolina and the United States, including entrepreneurship, innovation, supply chain management and sustainability in global contexts. In line with the business school’s areas of focus, the center is establishing programs related to Brazil, China, India, Kenya and South Africa.

Contact: Dee Reid, Director of Communications, College of Arts and Sciences, +1 919 843-6339, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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