Georgia Tech's Center for International Business Education and Research (GT CIBER) is at the head of the class among national resource centers in international business. Out of more than one-hundred business schools competing this spring for funding from the U.S. Department of Education to house one of thirty CIBER centers, Georgia Tech placed second.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $1.4 million grant, effective October 1, to GT CIBER, which was established in 1993. Schools compete every four years for the funding, which will enable GT CIBER to pursue collaborative global business projects through September 30, 2010.
"During the next four years, we aim to place emphasis on the global management of innovation," says strategic-management professor John McIntyre, who is executive director of GT CIBER.
Administratively located within Georgia Tech College of Management, GT CIBER serves as a catalyst to integrate international business into the curriculum and offers a diverse range of programs linking the business community with international education, language training, and academic research. Over the next four years, GT CIBER will concentrate on Northeast Asia, South America, and the European Union, developing programs that impact Georgia's information and communications technology, life sciences, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical business sectors.
The next GT CIBER event will be the seventh annual Doctoral Workshop in International Entrepreneurship, held May 9-12 at the College of Management. The workshop will draw twenty-eight doctoral students from fifteen universities as well as business-school faculty from Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and the University of Minnesota. They will focus on topics key to international business research, including proposal development, methodology, funding, and publication.
In June, GT CIBER will co-host a series of four globalization workshops for faculty in partnership with the University of Memphis's CIBER. In July, GT CIBER will sponsor an African study tour for deans and business/economics department administrators at historically black colleges.
Congress created CIBER centers in 1988 under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act in order to increase America 's international competitiveness and understanding.