The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded more than $700,000 to establish Hindi and Urdu teaching programmes as part of the US government’s initiative to teach languages whose knowledge is considered critical to national security.
The National Security Education Department has given the amount to UT’s South Asia Institute. The goal of UT’s Flagship Programme is to produce university graduates with the highest levels of fluency and professional proficiency in Hindi and Urdu.
Hindi and Urdu languages—amongst the most widely spoken languages in the world, are considered critical to national security and in the global market. The Hindi and Urdu Flagship Programme (HUF-Programme) will train students in advanced language proficiency and professional development across a range of disciplines, including business, communications and public policy. Students from the programme will become candidates for employment with the federal government or hold a vital place in the worlds of business, technology or academia. Students in the four-year undergraduate course will take language and content classes alongside coursework.
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