Seven UH Mānoa programs win Title VI International Education grantsUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Aug. 4, 2010
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has been awarded seven Title VI International Education grants, placing the campus within an elite group of U.S. universities with a dominant presence in international studies, especially in the Asia and Pacific region.
The seven programs are:
· The National Resource Center (NRC) for East Asia.
· The NRC for the Pacific Islands.
· The NRC for Southeast Asia.
· The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for East Asia.
· The FLAS Fellowship for Southeast Asia.
· The Language Resource Center (LRC).
· The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER).
For the first year, the seven grants total $2.18 million. It is anticipated that the grants will be for a four-year cycle (2010-14), with a combined total of $8.72 million.
Said Chancellor Virginia S. Hinshaw, “These awards recognize UH Mānoa’s world-class programs in Asian-Pacific languages and cultural studies, and the key role our campus plays in connecting Hawai‘i with the rest of the world.”
The NRCs support modern foreign language training, teacher training curriculum development, outreach, and library collections. The FLAS programs fund fellowships for UH Mānoa undergraduate and graduate students who are studying modern foreign languages and area studies.
The NRCs and FLAS programs are housed in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, which was established in 1987, and is considered a leader in Pacific and Asian Studies nationally and internationally.
The LRC at UH Mānoa’s College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature, is one of fifteen across the country that serve as a network to improve the learning and teaching of foreign languages. It accomplishes this through research, the development of teaching materials, including the use of advanced educational technology, and the training of professional language educators.
CIBER, housed in the Shidler College of Business, received its first grant in 1989, and was part of the original six CIBER centers to be awarded nationally. The Center capitalizes on its rich Asia-Pacific resources to create innovative programs, ensuring the nation’s competitiveness and continued global economic, political, military and social leadership.
“UH Mānoa has long been a leader in Asian and Pacific studies,” said Edward “Ned” Shultz, dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies. “These grants once again reaffirm the leadership that our campus holds in this important field. We look forward to pushing Asian and Pacific studies to new levels of excellence.”