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The Asian Studies center partners with many institutions in higher education for more than twenty years. The center also focuses on internationalizing teacher education, collaborative study, and abroad initiatives.

Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) • African Asian Curriculum Project for Community Colleges • Teaching About Traditional East Asia 

Midwest Institute for International and Inter-Cultural Education (MIIIE)

The Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) is a self-funded consortium of two-year colleges located in the Midwest region. Its primary objective is to support curriculum and professional development by organizing curriculum workshops, fall and spring conferences, overseas projects for faculty and students, assistance with grant development, provide faculty mentoring and professional networking. 

Theo Sypris, Ph.D
MIIIE Director
Kalamazoo Valley Community College

African Asian Curriculum Project for Community Colleges (AAC)

The African Asian Curriculum Project for Community Colleges is funded through federal grants to the African and Asian Studies Centers that are designated as National Resource Centers for International Programming. The project was designed and developed in a collaborative process with ongoing input from teaching faculty at colleges associated with the MIIIE. Each module has been developed by MIIIE associated faculty who are strongly committed to international education and who are experienced community college professors. The site is designed so that additional modules can be easily added as they become available. In addition to the curricular module the site includes important links to information on each country in Africa and Asia (Country Overview tab) and direct links to important news sites on Africa and Asia.

Issac Kalumbu, Ph.D
African Curriculum Contact
MSU African Studies Center

Isabella Tirtowalujo, Ph.D
Asian Curriculum Contact
MSU Asian Studies Center

Teaching About Traditional East Asia Summer 2020 Seminar

Apply for this content-rich seminar for schoolteachers. Designed as an introduction to the premodern histories and cultures of China, Japan, and Korea, the course will encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in Geography, History, Social Studies, and World Literature. Media specialists, librarians, art teachers, and world language teachers are also encouraged to apply. There will be special emphasis on pedagogy, best practices, classroom applications, and resources.

Location: Online
Dates: June 15-19 & 22-26, 2020, with one six-hour follow-up session in the fall.

Register for the 2020 Teaching Traditional East Asia Summer Seminar now as space is limited. Registration closes April 24, 2020.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, each participant will receive:

  • $200 stipend;

  • Certificate of completion;

  • $200 in teaching materials, including a free textbook and year’s subscription to Education About Asia;

  • 30 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) (approval pending);

  • Status as National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA) alumni. Alumni status gives you eligibility to participate in a variety of NCTA short courses and study tours.

Questions about this seminar?  Contact Dr. Ethan Segal, Professor of History, at segale(at) to learn more.

This program is funded by the Freeman Foundation in association with the MSU Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies, and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia at the University of Pittsburgh.