The MacMillan Center at Yale Awarded $9 Million in Support of Five Area Studies Councils

The U.S. Dept of Education has awarded more than $9 million to the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale for expansion and development of five of its studies councils in the areas of Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Under the terms of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act, Title VI grant, each council is designated as a National Resource Center and receives funding over four years to support graduate and undergraduate international, area, and foreign language studies, as well as educational outreach programs for grades K-12, business and the wider public.

“We are so pleased to have been awarded this Title VI funding because it will allow the MacMillan Center and its councils to continue the vibrant spectrum of international interdisciplinary teaching and research and language study,” said Ian Shapiro, Henry R. Luce Director, The MacMillan Center. “It is an honor for these five councils to be designated as National Resource Centers, and we look forward to implementing our educational plans even more robustly as a result of this funding.”

The combined grants the councils received will total more than $9 million over the academic years 2011–2014, including $5.4 million for programs and $3.6 million for fellowships. They will help fund key activities in four areas:

  • Curriculum and program development, promoting such endeavors as faculty research, hosting visiting professors, convening conferences and expanding study abroad opportunities
  • 208 fellowships for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students for advanced study of foreign languages
  • Expanding and deepening Yale’s foreign language programs by increasing faculty and adopting more effective proficiency testing methods, among other measures
  • Educational, community and business outreach through PIER (Program in International Education Resources), which receives over 25% of overall grant program resources.

Since the inception of Title VI in 1958, Yale has consistently participated in each 3-4 year grant cycle. In the period 2008–2010, more than 650 Yale faculty members taught more than 1700 courses with significant (25% or greater) international content.

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is the University’s focal point for encouraging and coordinating teaching and research on international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world. It draws its strength by tapping the interests and combining the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the professional schools. The Center seeks to make understanding the world outside the borders of the United States, and the role of the United States in the world, an integral part of liberal education and professional training at the University.

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