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The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) were created under the U.S. Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote United States' capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER program links the human capital and information needs of business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities.

Thirty universities were designated as centers that serve as international resources to business executives, public policy makers, scholars, and students. Together, the CIBERs form a powerful network focused on improving global competitiveness and providing comprehensive service and programs that help organizations succeed in the global marketplace.

CIBERWeb provides basic information about the legislation that formed this network, an outline of the goals of this initiative, and a directory of the thirty CIBERs and the U.S. Department of Education administrator for this program. Visitors may link to the web sites of the individual Centers through the directory to find more detailed listings of the lectures, workshops, events, publications, and funding opportunities that are offered.

AIB and the CIBERs work closely on a variety of issues to advance the field of international business. For example, a large number of the CIBERs sponsor the annual JIBS/AIB Emerging Research Frontiers in International Business Studies Conference. The aims of the "Frontiers Conference" are:

  • To encourage the exploration of emerging research ideas in an innovative environment, free from the constraints of traditional conference formats
  • To facilitate open discourse
  • To legitimize the exploration of new research domains
  • To redirect or shut down outmoded themes
  • To build a community of international research scholars across both the social sciences and the functional areas of international business

Go to CIBERWeb