[EDLING:1644] Five UK research centres for language studies announced
Francis M. Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sat Jun 3 04:15:18 UTC 2006
Five research centres for language studies announced
Five new language centres were launched today as part of a £25 million
Language Based Area Studies initiative. The initiative is funded by the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, the Economic and Social Research
Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the Scottish Funding
The centres will focus on the Arabic-speaking world, China, Japan and Eastern
Europe, including areas of the former Soviet Union.
In a joint statement the chief executives of the research and funding councils
said, These five new centres are a solid investment that will help to develop
and enhance the research base within area studies, ensuring that it
contributes fully to the economic development and quality of life for the
people of the UK and beyond.
The five new centres include a teaching and research facility on China, which
is a collaboration between the universities of Oxford, Bristol and Manchester.
Also a research centre looking at Eastern Europe and Russia based at Glasgow
University, and a centre studying the Arabic-speaking world, which is a
collaboration between the universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Manchester.
The universities of Leeds and Sheffield will create an international centre of
excellence in research and training on Japan and China, and a centre for East
European and former Soviet Union language based area studies will be led by
University College London.
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