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Citadel News Service
14 Jul 2009

Chinese instruction and study abroad opportunities get big boost

More than $200,000 in grant money is coming to The Citadel to support Chinese language instruction and create study abroad opportunities in China for cadets who will be commissioned military officers upon graduation.

The Citadel is a recipient of a $201,726 Project Go grant from the Institute of International Education. The two-year grant could be renewed for an additional year and more than $100,000. The money will support an additional course in Chinese language instruction, tutorial programs and scholarships for ROTC cadets to study in China.

The Citadel's Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures began offering a course in elementary Chinese in 2007, followed by an intermediate Chinese class in 2008. Beginning in the spring of 2010 two courses of Chinese language will be offered in the same semester. Courses in Chinese are open to all cadets while the scholarship opportunity to study in China is intended for cadets who will enter the military upon graduation.

“This is extremely beneficial for any young officer going on active duty after they graduate from The Citadel because of the strategic nature of their future duties,” said Col. Douglas Fehrmann, commanding officer of Air Force ROTC at The Citadel. “It is more important than ever that they have the tools, including exposure to foreign languages, to be exceptional leaders of principle, effective military officers and ambassadors in a global climate.”

Project GO is a Department of Defense-funded initiative bringing together the National Security Education Program, a dozen U.S. colleges and universities, the Defense Language Office, and all three branches of the Armed Forces to promote global awareness and language proficiency among future military officers.

The grant was a collaborative effort of Mark P. Del Mastro, head of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and primary grant writer; Col. Richard C. Townes, commanding officer of Army ROTC; Zane U. Segle, director of the Modern Languages Resource Center; and Robert Pickering, director of International Studies.

Read more about Chinese language instruction in the Charleston Post and Courier

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