The Asian Studies Center coordinates a number of continuing education workshops about Asia for K-16 faculty, held at the University of Pittsburgh's Oakland campus and throughout the region. For the most up-to-date listing of upcoming events, please visit the News & Events site.

Asia Workshops

ASC and our community partners, including the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania, the Society for Contemporary Craft, World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, and Global Solutions Education Fund, hold regular workshops focused on the cultures, societies, politics, economies, art, and music of Asia, with a strong focus on East Asia (including China and Taiwan, Japan, and Korea). Workshop participants may earn hours towards Act 48 Continuing Education Credit for K-12 teachers as required by the state of Pennsylvania.


National Consortium for Teaching about Asia

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is a multi-year initative supported by the Freeman Foundation to encourage and facilitiate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses in K-12 schools in the United States. The University of Pittsburgh is an NCTA National Coordinating Site, serving the region of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.


Benefits for K-12 teachers who successfully complete the requirements for the 30-hour NCTA Seminars, held at universities throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, include:


For more information about NCTA seminar locations and schedules, please visit the NCTA site.

Global and Regional Issues Workshops

ASC also works closely with the other U.S. Department of Education-funded area studies centers within the University Center for International Studies, including the Center for Latin American Studies, the Center for Russian & East European Studies, the European Studies Center, and the International Business Center, as well as the Global Studies Program and the African Studies Program. Joint workshops include K-16 faculty development workshops, an annual Model United Nations advisor session, materials development programs for instructors of less-commonly-taught languages, and joint academic courses and conferences bringing together specialists on current global issues.

Further Information

For further information on attending or co-hosting K-16 teacher training workshops with the Asian Studies Center, please contact Jennifer Murawski, Assistant Director of Educational Outreach, by email at or by phone at 412-383-302.


Updated October 22, 2013

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Asian Studies Center
University of Pittsburgh
4400 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 648-7370
Fax: (412) 624-4665