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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.