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UI center receives more than $870,000 to expand international programs

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) has received a three-year, $871,463 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue and expand its international programs.

The award designates CICS as a Title VI National Resource Center on International Studies. This is the fifth time CICS has received the designation.

Since first becoming a National Resource Center in 1985, CICS has grown considerably and, in partnership with all 10 colleges on the UI campus, administers and sponsors conferences, lectures, training programs, instructional programs and research projects dealing with international issues.

The funds, which cover 1997-2000, will be used to expand and support two undergraduate programs, the Global Studies B.A. Program and the Global Health Certificate Program, and one master's degree program, Third World Development Support. In addition, CICS will support the creation of a new, interdisciplinary doctorate program to train researchers and teachers in foreign language acquisition.

"We're extremely pleased to be receiving this grant," said CICS Associate Director Karen Chappell. "It allows the university to continue its leadership role in international studies and will help support four important degree and certificate programs at a critical point in their development."

The grant also will be used for expanding international education programs for Iowa teachers; sending faculty abroad to develop new study abroad programs for UI students; creating foreign internship opportunities for UI students; bringing additional international writers-in-residence to campus; developing electronic publishing for scholarly papers and journals; adding additional library materials; and setting up new Nexus Lexus computer databases in the UI International Center, the UI Libraries and Phillips Hall, which houses the foreign language departments on campus. In addition, the funds will support academic year and summer foreign language fellowships for graduate students.

Matching funds for the grant will come from the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate College, the College of Education, the Vice President for Research Office, the College of Dentistry and the UI Libraries.