UNG Chinese Flagship Program renewed

The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Chinese Flagship Program has been renewed through 2028. This is the third renewal since UNG was first awarded its Chinese Language Flagship in 2011.

It is one of only eight colleges and universities in the country with the program.

“UNG’s renewal, especially in this particularly competitive environment, is a testament to the great work being done by the Chinese language faculty and the program coordinator. UNG is also fortunate to have consistent support at the highest administrative levels,” Dr. Christopher Jespersen, dean of UNG’s College of Arts & Letters, said. “Everyone works together for the benefit of UNG’s students in the program.”

In the Chinese Flagship Program, students from various majors study the Chinese language in the Department of Modern Languages and complete a Flagship capstone year abroad or at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. The Flagship is sponsored by the National Security Education Program and the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Students are eligible for up to $20,000 in scholarship funding toward their capstone year or summer programs. They also receive 1-on-1 tutoring and individualized support from the Nationally Competitive Scholarships office when seeking awards for study abroad.  

“The Chinese Flagship Program is dedicated to teaching language skills and boosting student engagement in Chinese culture, broadening their horizons and opening new possibilities,” Dr. Tianyu Qin, Chinese Flagship academic director, said. “For years, all our capstone applicants were admitted. Upon graduation, our students are ready to use Chinese in the workplace.”

Other schools renewed with Chinese Language Flagship programs for the 2024-2028 cycle are Arizona State University, Hunter College, Indiana University, University of Mississippi, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island, and Western Kentucky University.