Six global and area studies centers at the UNC-Chapel Hill will share $9 million for various international studies programs.
The grant funding comes from the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI program, which presidential administrations have called "vital infrastructure of the federal government's investment in the international service pipeline."
These programs' support for foreign language, area, and international studies infrastructure with the intent to help U.S. colleges and universities graduate students with expertise in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs), world areas, and transnational trends, according to the federal education department.
The specific grants received by UNC touch every continent specifically except Australia and Antarctica and one grant focused on the Middle East is part of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.
"The grants support many key programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and beyond, including language instruction, teaching, research and community outreach that spans the globe," said Karen M. Gil, dean of the college. "With these international centers, we are educating our students to be the leaders of tomorrow in a fast-changing global society."