A Clean Sweep: LAS International Centers Gain National Recognition
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has received the unusual distinction of having all five of its international regional studies programs named as National Resource Centers (NRCs) by the U.S. Department of Education. The Center for African Studies, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Program in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center were among the 142 centers funded nationally in an intense competition. Two other international centers at U. of I. also received funding—the European Union Center and the Center for Global Studies—placing the campus third nationally for having the highest number of NRC–funded international programs.
The NRC grants are a primary funding source for the units receiving them and are used for a wide range of purposes, including teacher training, promoting undergraduate foreign language learning, initiating new courses, and implementing innovative international programming. The centers also receive funding under the Foreign Language and Area Studies program. Those funds will provide fellowships for graduate and professional students working on projects that include a significant foreign language component.