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Release: June 1, 2000

UI International Programs receives $784,000 to fund National Resource Center

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa International Programs has received a three-year, $784,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue and expand international teaching, research and service, with emphases in global health, global studies and foreign language development for health professionals.

The award designates International Programs as a Title VI National Resource Center on International Studies. This is the sixth time that the UI has received the designation since first becoming a National Resource Center in 1985, and the award reflects the core of academic and service units that exist to support international education at the UI.

Co-Directors for the NRC International Studies Center are Christopher Squier of the College of Dentistry and Vicki Hesli of the College of Liberal Arts.

The grant, which will run from 2000-2003, will be used for several purposes. These include: developing a proposed undergraduate minor in Global Health; introducing an MA in International Studies with three sub-tracks; and developing innovative, web-based, self-access language modules for students and professionals in health sciences who need to use a foreign language in their work. These activities will involve the UI collaborating with two sister institutions in the state -- the University of Northern Iowa and Grinnell College -- to develop new study abroad sites and to offer courses in common and shared conferences with a focus in global health.

"The interdisciplinary and inter-institutional focus of this grant represents the fruition of efforts over the years by many of our faculty," said Squier, associate dean for research at the UI College of Dentistry. "The global health emphasis, in particular, serves as a catalyst to bring together the health colleges with the College of Liberal Arts in some significant new initiatives."

The grant will also support the International Writer-in-Residence program and provide funds for academic year and summer foreign language fellowships for graduate students, particularly in the less commonly taught languages.

"This grant represents a truly collaborative and cross-disciplinary effort," said Hesli, an associate professor of political science. "The grant proposal was written with the assistance of
Rex Honey in geography, Paul Greenough in history, and James Pusack in German. The funds from the Department of Education will help to support important interdisciplinary initiatives that represent a critical component of the strategic plan for the University of Iowa."

Matching funds for the grant are being provided by UI International Programs, the College of Liberal Arts, the Graduate College, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Public Health, the College of Dentistry, the College of Education, and UI Libraries. The matching funds will make available a total of almost $2 million for grant-related activities.

"This is a major milestone for International Programs that will help us build on the excellence that already exists in many of these areas," said Steven Hoch, associate provost and dean of International Programs. "It helps reaffirm the University of Iowa's commitment to internationalization of the curriculum."

For more information, contact Hesli at 335-2356 or Squier at 335-7388.