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May 29, 2008

Asian Studies Center named national NCTA site

Pitt’s Asian Studies Center, part of the University Center for International Studies, has been re-funded as a National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) site and upgraded from a regional site to a national site by NCTA.

NCTA is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies and literature courses. The program is a collaboration of the East Asian studies programs of national institutions. Pitt joins the University of Washington, the University of Colorado, Indiana University, Columbia University and the Five College Center for East Asian Studies as a national NCTA site.

In addition, the Asian Studies Center has been awarded a grant from the Freeman Foundation to support NCTA activities at Pitt. The grant was secured by Diana Wood, Asian Studies Center assistant director and NCTA Pittsburgh site coordinator, and Brenda Jordan, assistant director of educational outreach, Japan studies coordinator and adjunct assistant professor of history of art and architecture.

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