Indiana University creates advanced Swahili program

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Bloomington - Indiana University is creating a new undergraduate program that will help students become fluent in Swahili.

The Swahili Flagship program is part of the Language Flagship, a partnership involving the federal government, education and business groups that aims to produce graduates with fluency in languages that help U.S. competitiveness and security.

Indiana University's Swahili Flagship is the school's second advanced language program. IU created a Chinese Flagship program in 2008.

More than 70 million people speak Swahili in parts of Africa, and it is one of the working languages of the African Union. IU already teaches Swahili to both undergraduate and graduate students and it is offered as a minor.

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