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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded two Title VI International Education grants totaling almost $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education. These awards maintain UH Mānoa’s standing in an elite group of U.S. universities with a dominant presence in international studies, especially in the Asia and Pacific region.

The National Resource Center (NRC) for Southeast Asia grant combined with the NRC for East Asia grant totals $965,764 for the next two years (2020–2022).

The NRC grants will support modern language instruction, teacher training, curriculum development, outreach and library collections. The NRC grants are housed in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS), under the new College of Arts, Languages, and Letters (CALL). SPAS is considered a leader in Pacific and Asian Studies nationally and internationally.

“Advancing research and educating our students in the context of the rich cultures that surround us is important as we prepare them for the future,” UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno said. “These grants will ensure that UH Mānoa and the School of Pacific and Asian Studies continue to be a driving force in the generation and dissemination of knowledge of cultures across the Asia and Pacific region.”

“Winning these prestigious grants demonstrates UH Mānoa’s continued excellence in the field of Asian Studies,” CALL Dean Peter Arnade said. “Our university is a recognized leader in international education and plays a key role in connecting Hawaiʻi and the nation with the world.”

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