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University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies receives grant to Expand East Asia Studies program

December 4, 2018

The US Department of Education has awarded University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies a two-year Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grant totaling $170,145. The UISFL grants support program initiatives that promote critical area studies and languages, such as those of East Asia.

The grant will create the American Diplomacy and the Geopolitics of East Asia (ADGEA) as a new minor program for UST with critical language instruction in Mandarin and Japanese, providing funding for faculty and student travel abroad and increasing student cultural competency across campus. The grant will also provide a diplomacy and East Asia summer workshop for high school students.

This programming and outreach will be implemented through the Center’s Distinguished Diplomacy Program and Taiwan & East Asia Studies Program.

UST joins the ranks of Albany State University, Austin College and Cornell University as recipient institutions. This is the third such DOE grant received by the Center since 2014.

The grant’s principle investigator is Dr. Hans Stockton who is an East Asia expert. He also serves as Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences and Director & Chair, Center for International Studies

Additional funding that supports the Center’s East Asia initiatives comes from a Taiwan Studies Grant from the Ministry of Education (Taipei) and generous friends in the Houston community.

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