Written by Amy Whitesall
Arabic Language Flagship Program prepares students for business, diplomacy
“In the 21st century global job market,” says Dr. Michael Nugent, director of The Language Flagship, “we don’t need people who just speak languages and we don’t need people who can just work the professions. We need people who can do both.”
Since 2008, the University of Michigan has played host to an Arabic Flagship Program intended to do just that.
The Language Flagship is a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security Education Program, a post-Cold War effort designed to produce a cadre of multilingual “global professionals” qualified to serve the U.S. government’s needs by combining their career expertise with fluency in “critical languages including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi/Urdu, Korean, Persian/Farsi, and Eurasian languages.” ….Read more at AnnArbor.com