|Dr. Jose P. Rizal|
NIU was chosen for this honor for various reasons, including being the home of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, one of only seven Title VI Southeast Asian National Resource Centers in the United States. Additionally, the NIU University Libraries are home to the Don V. Hart Southeast Asia Collection, an impressive collection of Southeast Asia related materials, such as original manuscripts, field notes, photo albums, original art work, rare books, large and expensive folios, and palm-leaf manuscripts. "NIU has a thriving Asian community, which is vital to the university's global initiatives," said Lina Ong, Director of the International Training Office at NIU. NIU has also hosted the Philippine Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, for the last eight years. "The generous donation from the Philippine Consulate General of copies of the original manuscripts of the famous novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo will further boost the rich resources available to NIU's Southeast Asian, and in particular, Philippine, programs, " said Ong.
|Original Cover of Noli Me Tangere|