This grant establish the first Russian Flagship Program in the U.S. Southeast creating a unique regional, as well as national, pipeline of global Russian-speaking professionals critical to the U.S. competitiveness and security.
The University of Georgia seeks funding from the National Security Education Program to establish the first Russian Flagship Program in the U.S. Southeast creating a unique regional, as well as national, pipeline of global Russian-speaking professionals critical to the U.S. competitiveness and security. UGA is committed to integrating the Russian Flagship Program into its core undergraduate instruction and to facilitating an innovative instructional program enabling UGA students from a variety of majors to acquire a superior level of fluency in Russian, advanced cultural understanding enhanced by experiences of living and working abroad, and critical intercultural insights for careers in federal government, global business, nongovernmental organizations, and other critical fields. The following application demonstrates the dedication and seriousness with which UGA administration, faculty, and staff across campus assume the unique responsibility and opportunity to serve as a home for the Language Flagship, as well as their enthusiasm for instituting a Russian program. The proposal and letters of support showcase an exceptional level of institutional commitment, innovative instructional design informed by empirically-tested Second Language Acquisition research, UGA’s capacity for supporting the Flagship program, as well as the favorable foreign language enrollment dynamics in the state. The UGA Program’s overarching long-term commitment includes qualifying an average of 20 undergraduate students, annually, for the Capstone program in Kazakhstan, and graduating them with the Interagency Language Roundtable Level 3 (ILR 3) in Russian, with opportunities to apply these language skills in rigorous academic, disciplinary, and professional contexts.