The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in conjunction with Istituto Italiano di Cultura New York) has awarded their “Grant in Support of Foreign Universities, Italian Language Instruction Positions” (Contributi università straniere, cattedre di Italiano) to the Italian program at the College of Staten Island for an eighth consecutive year.

The grant is for 9,000 Euros (approximately $9,821), elevated from 7,000 Euros received last year, and making the total amount that CSI has received through this grant more than $105,000. Associate Professor Chiara Ferrari, Co-Coordinator of the Italian program and department liaison with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, can attest to how it has allowed the College to improve its programs.

“Over the years, these grants have enabled the Department of World Languages and Literatures to bring to campus instructors in Italian, provide scholarships, and have subsidized several language courses,” Ferrari stated. “The Italian program is appreciative of the Italian government’s support and honored to have received this competitive award that enables us to enhance the College’s curricular offerings.”

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Grant 2023 is designed to aid and support the teaching of Italian language and culture at deserving programs and institutions such as the one at the College of Staten Island. It is a competitive nationwide award that only a handful of U.S. colleges and universities receive based on the strength of their programmatic offering and faculty qualifications.

For more information on the grant and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visit their Website.