Columbia University began its commitment to educate Americans about East Asia more than 100 years ago. In 1960, the East Asian National Resource Center was established with a mission to advance the quality and dissemination of knowledge about East Asia, to train experts on East Asia with the highest levels of language proficiency, to promote interdisciplinary collaborations on and with the region, and to provide local and national educational outreach. Today the Center's 98 full-time faculty in over 25 schools and departments offer more than 500 disciplinary and language courses a year on the region. Students may pursue undergraduate, masters, and doctoral study in more than 10 disciplinary departments or a joint professional school/East Asian studies degree program. The Center offers classroom instruction through fifth-year Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, advanced modern and classical Tibetan, and intermediate Indonesian and Vietnamese. Through our internship and summer training program students have an opportunity to combine language training and work experience. The Center conducts extensive research and training in the field of language pedagogy, offers a summer M.A. program in Japanese language pedagogy, and has recently established a program in Chinese language pedagogy: the Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) Program. The Center's award-winning outreach program provides in-service training to 18 states, summer study tours, video and print teaching materials, and hosts the Asia for Educators Website. The Starr East Asian Library ranks as one of the world's most important dedicated East Asian collections. Located within its institutional home at the Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the East Asia National Resource Center is home to over a dozen interdisciplinary research centers which act as nodes for interaction among departments/schools and for outreach to New York's media, law, business, government, diplomatic and arts communities. The Center's public programs provide a critical site for open debate and information about East Asia and the issues that affect us today. In addition to enhancing our existing programs the Columbia East Asian NRC has set these special goals to build U.S. expertise in the following three areas during the 2006-2010 grant cycle:
Training experts on little studied areas of importance to U.S. national security by building on a deep and broad expertise on China, Japan, and Korea to develop disciplinary and language courses, research, and overseas opportunities relating to modern Tibet, Southeast Asia and in the longer term, Inner Asia.
Encouraging the experts of the future by encouraging undergraduates to incorporate the study of East Asia early on in their careers; develop a freshman general social science course on East Asia, conduct outreach activities targeted at the undergraduate population and expand our summer research fellowship program to encourage undergraduate study abroad.
Creating Functional Literacy in East Asian Affairs among non-specialists through joint degree programs, provision of fellowships for overseas study, research and internships, and flexible language learning to complement core curricula. Create competence and capacity across the professions both in school and in work through public outreach activities to inform and educate the local, regional and national business and professional communities about the latest developments in and analyses of East Asian affairs.
Expanding Overseas Linkages by establishing a Columbia Center in China to coordinate collaborations with counterparts in law, business, journalism, science, medicine, and the academic disciplines. Expansion of exchanges and training programs in East Asia.