University of Pittsburgh
June 4, 2000


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PITTSBURGH, June 5 -- The University Center for International Studies (UCIS) at the University of Pittsburgh has once again received major national recognition with the US Department of Education's redesignation of four of Pitt's area studies programs as National Resource Centers (NRC). The designation carries with it an award of approximately $3.5 million.

"It is gratifying that, once again, Pitt's status as a national leader in international education has been affirmed," said UCIS director Burkart Holzner. "Given the intensely competitive national environment, which has only become more competitive over the years, this is a tremendous success no only for the university, but for our entire region.

"This designation will allow us to create even more opportunities here at Pitt for internationally-minded students and faculty."

The National Resource Center program is authorized through Title VI of the Higher Education Act and administered through the Department of Education's International Education and Graduate Programs Service. Through NRC, the Department of Education provides grants to colleges and universities to strengthen and maintain US capacity in foreign languages and international studies expertise. Included in the NRC grants are Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships to assist graduate students in foreign language and other international or area studies.

The Asian Studies Program, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and the Center for West European Studies (which houses one of only 10 European Union Centers in the United States) are the four programs at Pitt which were designated as NRCs. These UCIS Centers have held NRC distinction for more than two decades. In addition to these nationally recognized centers, Pitt is also the home of the International Business Center (IBC), a joint venture of the Katz School of Business and UCIS, federally recognized and funded as a Center of Excellence under Title VI (Part B) of the Higher Education Act.

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