The United States State Department has awarded UNCW an initial three-year grant to partner with the International Islamic University, Islamabad, UNCW announced today. The partnership will foster reciprocal opportunities for faculty and students in professional development, research and community engagement in an effort to support State Department diplomacy objectives, which include "expanding and strengthening the relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of the rest of the world."
This award is the first UNCW has received from the State Department and, at $1 million, also qualifies as the largest State Department grant to a university within the UNC System to date. The State Department initiated the grant program linking Pakistani universities with U.S. institutions in 2012, under the Fulbright-Hays act, with the mission to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between American citizens and citizens of other countries.
“Our grant team is honored to be recognized by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Department of State with this award,” commented Dr. Cara Cilano, Professor of English and Grant Program Director. “Through this grant, we’ll strive to strengthen and enhance cross-cultural understanding and to promote active global citizenship. The implementation of this grant will emphasize many of UNCW's greatest assets, including our faculty's expertise in curricular development and their commitment to collaboration, promoted by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Graduate School.”