Susan Tiano, director of the Latin American & Iberian Institute announces that the LAII has received Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Over the four year cycle of the grant, the LAII will receive more than $2 million. The first year's funding, approximately $500,000, will be made available mid-August. The funding is for academic years 2010 through 2014.

The NRC Program provides grants to establish, strengthen and operate language and area or international studies centers that will be national resources for providing relevant foreign language and area studies instruction. The FLAS Program awards grants to provide academic year and summer fellowships to meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.

Tiano said, "This funding process is highly competitive. In the last cycle, among Latin American Studies-related centers and institutes, only 12 individual programs and six consortia were funded. We anticipate this cycle's funding level to be similar. While we realize the quality and scope of our Latin America-related research, teaching and outreach at UNM, it is an honor to have our work recognized by the U.S. Department of Education."

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