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Georgia Tech to Offer Swahili, Hebrew Courses to Deepen Africa, Middle East Ties

Georgia Tech announced July 30 that it would offer two more "critical" languages this fall.

Georgia Tech is set to add Hebrew and Swahili courses for the first time during the fall 2020 semester as it continues to broaden its language offerings to deepen students’ global engagement.

The center aims to provide more intercultural opportunities for students in Atlanta while also building skill sets in some of the 60 non-Western languages deemed critical by the U.S. Department of Defense.

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While the courses are introductory, professors hope they will inspire students toward further study and work in multilateral organizations focused on the Middle East and Africa. The center is committed to furthering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More advanced courses in both languages are expected to come later. Swahili comes as the U.S. has recently opened negotiations on a free trade agreement with Kenya, one of the East African countries where the language is most widely spoken.

Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera said offering an array of languages is part of building global citizens who will help “improve the human condition” globally.

“It is also yet another way we are supporting Atlanta as an international hub and contributing to the state’s economic development efforts,” he said in the release, which can be read in full here.

Studnets can register for the courses Aug. 1-21 at Georgia Tech, and they may be open to some students of other area universities via a cross-registration program run by the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education.