BU African Studies Center Receives over $2 Million In Federal Funds

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
September 23rd, 2010

Contact: Patrick Farrell, 617-358-1185 | pmfarrel@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University’s African Studies Center (ASC), located in the College of Arts & Sciences, has received renewed U.S. Department of Education (DoE) Title VI funding to support African language education and area studies.

The ASC received a $1,092,000 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) grant to provide scholarships for students of African languages, including for the first time three annual fellowships for undergraduates.

The ASC was also named a National Resources Center for African studies and received $1,085,244 to support curriculum development, community outreach, and research.

Founded in 1953, the African Studies Center has provided a strong foundation in African studies to generations of university professors, economists, health workers, government officials, development personnel, diplomats, and others.

The African Studies Center offers a rigorous academic program to students pursuing degrees in a variety of fields. Over 70 faculty and researchers in 20 schools and departments throughout BU are affiliated with the ASC and offer a wide range of courses with significant Africa content.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. As Boston University’s largest academic division, the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences is the heart of the BU experience, creating an extensive global reach that enhances the University’s reputation for teaching and research.

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