Supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of Title VI, Section 602(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, these centers serve to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of their respective world areas, and to broaden area studies training across all disciplines.
The general purpose of the NRC programs is to establish, strengthen, and operate language and area studies centers or programs that will serve national needs by providing resources for:
- Teaching of modern foreign languages
- Instruction in fields needed to provide full understanding of areas, regions, or countries in which such language is commonly used
- Research and training in international studies
- Language aspects of professional and other fields of study
- Instruction and research on issues in world affairs that concern one or more countries
- Providing outreach and consultative services on a national, regional and local basis
- Maintaining linkages with overseas institutions of higher education and other organizations that may contribute to the teaching and research of the Center
Additionally, in the case of a Comprehensive Center, to:
- Maintain specialized library collections
- Employ scholars engaged in training and research that relates to the subject area of the center
Designation as a National Resource Center demonstrates the recipient’s role as one of the nation's major centers for teaching and training resources in a particular world area. For additional information, please see the U.S. Department of Education National Resource Centers Home Page.
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