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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been awarded seven Title VI International Education grants totaling $7 million over a four-year grant cycle from the U.S. Department of Education, keeping the campus among an elite group of U.S. universities with a dominant presence in international studies, especially in the Asia and Pacific regions.

UH Mānoa programs awarded funds

  • National Resource Center for East Asia
  • National Resource Center for the Pacific Islands
  • National Resource Center for Southeast Asia
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for East Asia
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the Pacific Islands
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Southeast Asia
  • National Foreign Language Resource Center
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Student performers in The Last King of Bali at Kennedy Theatre.

UH Mānoa is at the forefront of education in the Asia-Pacific region,” said UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno. “These competitive grants recognize our unparalleled strengths in instruction, research and training in these critical areas. As a minority-serving institution, we draw diverse students into higher education, build their skills through our fine faculty and academic partnerships, and send our alumni into professional careers that connect Hawaiʻi and the U.S. to the Pacific and Asia.”

The National Resource Center (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grants are housed in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) in the College of Arts, Languages, and Letters (CALL) at Mānoa. SPAS is considered a leader in Pacific Islands studies and Asian studies nationally and internationally. UH Mānoa is the only university in the country to be awarded NRC-Pacific Islands and FLAS-Pacific Islands grants.

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Center for Pacific Islands Studies students on Samoan Voyaging Canoe.

The NRC grants will support modern language instruction, teacher training, curriculum development, outreach and library collections. FLAS programs fund fellowships for UH Mānoa undergraduate and graduate students who are studying modern foreign languages and area studies.

The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) grant was first awarded to UH Mānoa when the NFLRC program was established in 1990 and has been continuously earned since then, making UH Mānoa the oldest language resource center in the nation.

“Faculty and staff at UH Mānoa collaborated across campus and with other campuses to develop innovative projects, e.g. Asia-Pacific Studies Career Readiness Program, the Kapiʻolani Community College Certificate of Community Interpreting, and NFLRC Japanese and Filipino Culture Apps,” said CALL Dean Peter Arnade. “Winning these prestigious grants not only demonstrates our national leadership in these fields but also provides critical support to the university to carry out its mission to serve the people of Hawaiʻi, and its neighbors in the Pacific and Asia.”

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