Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, August 19, 2010

International Institute centers receive more than $16M in federal funds

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $16 million in federal grants to seven centers in the International Institute. The grants are awarded under the Title VI program, which strives to develop the nation’s capacities in international and area studies, foreign languages, and international business education.

“These grant competitions are very competitive,” says Ken Kollman, acting director of the International Institute and acting vice provost for international affairs. “Our success in this round at U-M is a tribute to the strength of our faculty and staff.”

Six of the institute’s centers have been designated National Resource Centers (NRCs) for specific world regions. NRC grant funds will support language and area studies training, curriculum development, library acquisitions, outreach to K-16 students and educators, as well as public programs such as lectures, conferences and films.

A seventh center has been designated a Center for International Business Education for its work to enhance and promote international business understanding and American competitiveness globally.

The six NRCs also received grants for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships. These centers administer annual competitions to award undergraduate and graduate-level fellowships to support the study of foreign languages.

The following were awarded grants:

• The East Asia National Resource Center (consisting of the centers for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Korean Studies)
• The Center for International Business Education
• The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
• The Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies
• The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
• The Center for South Asian Studies
• The Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Grants are dispersed over a four-year period and will exceed $4 million for the 2010-11 academic year.