SDSU’s CIBER program, funded for an additional four years, brings an international element to business studies that includes language and cultural education.
San Diego State University received a $1.28 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the work of its Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) program. Combined with matching funds from SDSU, this support will equal approximately $638,000 per year for the next four years.
Designated a National Center of Excellence, SDSU is one of 16 universities in the United States and two in California to have won this award.
SDSU will use the funding to further the CIBER program’s mission to improve the competitiveness of American businesses by providing graduate students with a global perspective.
Activities supported by the grant include funding faculty research and opportunities for students to study abroad; awareness and training programs for the business community; programs for language and business teachers from institutions across the United States; and interdisciplinary education in the United States
“Through this funding, SDSU will continue to set a standard of excellence in international business education among our nation’s universities and graduates,” the U.S. Representative said. Sara JacobsD-San Diego, member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and the Social Impact of Global Business.
“The focus on language and cultural education, as well as developing the workforce and strengthening the competitiveness of the United States, is one of the main reasons SDSU is a resource so important,” Jacobs said.
The CIBER program, launched at SDSU in 1989, operates within the Wendy Gillespie Center for Advancing Global Business at Fowler College of Business.
Its programs serve the entire university through interdisciplinary collaboration. It also supports SDSU’s undergraduate international business major, a joint program with the College of Arts and Letters, which is ranked #8 nationally by US News & World Report.
“We have laid out a comprehensive plan to enhance international business education and build on the strengths of SDSU’s business, area studies and language programs,” said Martina Musteenprofessor, faculty director and principal investigator of the federal grant.
“With SDSU’s institutional strengths in entrepreneurship, internationalization and diversity, as well as regional strengths in bi-national collaboration and innovation, we are uniquely positioned to strategically address today’s global business challenges. in the post-pandemic world today.”
CIBER Program Director General Marc Ballam said the grant “will help SDSU continue to excel as a leading transnational university.”
“Our center’s initiatives incorporate an international component into our highly ranked business programs and positively impact other disciplines on our campus,” Ballam said. “An overview of these initiatives includes immersive international learning experiences, career-readiness training, academic research in international business, and cross-border business advisory projects.”