Seven international centers at UW-Madison receive federal grants

Seven area and international studies centers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will receive more than $3.4 million in federal Title VI grants for the 2014-15 academic year under the National Resource Centers (NRC) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships programs, administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, UW-Madison has been awarded $1,641,580 for NRCs and $1,776,000 for FLAS scholarships for 2014. Over the four-year cycle of these awards, UW–Madison stands to receive nearly $13.7 million for these programs through 2018.

The latest round of awards recognizes and maintains UW–Madison’s national preeminence in international research, education and outreach. UW–Madison has consistently been among the top U.S. universities in number of NRCs.

“UW-Madison has the type of international expertise that is more essential than ever to Wisconsin and the nation in our increasingly inter-connected world,” says Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “I am proud that we can make these resources available to help prepare our students to live and work in a global marketplace.”

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With WEDC grant, UW to help Wisconsin companies develop international internships

To compete in today’s global marketplace, Wisconsin companies need people who have the skills to operate abroad. Studies, however, indicate that this need is not being fully met.

A $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will enable the University of Wisconsin–Madison to work with eight to 12 small and medium-sized Wisconsin companies on developing the global talent they need, while creating more opportunities for UW–Madison students to cross the bridge from academics into practice.

The International Internship Program (IIP), within the UW–Madison Division of International Studies, will lead this effort, which involves using grant funds to help companies defray the costs of creating internships with an international focus. Most of these internships will likely occur during the summer of 2015.

Other university partners in this initiative are the Office of Corporate Relations, Office of Industrial Partnerships, and career centers across campus.

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