The Duke University Center for International Studies is one of five international and area studies centers at Duke to be awarded National Resource Center status by the Department of Education’s International Education Programs Service.
The National Resource Center (NRC) Program of the U.S. Department of Education provides funding grants to American universities to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for teaching any modern foreign language.
Also known as Title VI grants, due to the fact that the program was established in Title VI, Part A, § 602 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, these grants support undergraduate and graduate programs that focus on:
- instruction of fields and topics that provide full understanding of areas, regions or countries;
- research and training in international studies;
- work in the language aspects of professional fields and research, and
- instruction and research on issues critical to current world affairs.
The NRC grants are awarded on a quadrennial schedule, through a competition overseen by the International Education Programs Service of the Department of Education. The current award will provide funding for the FY 2011-2014 period.