Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University have established the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC), a National Resource Center and a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program funded by a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

The interdisciplinary center will focus on research and instruction geared to student populations that are underrepresented in international and advanced language studies.

“The Atlanta Global Studies Center will provide opportunities for economic and civic partnerships across the greater Atlanta region by leveraging the city’s status as a leading international corporate center and thriving multinational investment hub,” said G.P. “Bud” Peterson, president of Georgia Institute of Technology. “The state of Georgia’s efforts in bilingual and dual-immersion education demonstrates the ever-growing need for a global workforce. We are honored to work with Georgia State on yet another collaboration.”

The AGSC will engage college students throughout Atlanta — including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students; community college students; and minority, first-generation and low-income students — with a goal to serve areas of national needs in educating these college students for careers in business, education, security and defense, and public and governmental sectors.

AGSC will foster specialized instruction in international education and less commonly taught languages, such as Arabic, Korean, Portuguese and Hindi. In addition, the AGSC will manage FLAS fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. Prospective Fellows must enroll in language programs and will receive a full-tuition waiver and stipend.