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MSU reaffirmed as a CIBER

Thursday, October 2, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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MSU reaffirmed as a CIBER

East Lansing, Michigan, October 1, 2014 – The International Business Center in the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University has been reaffirmed as a “Center for International Business Education and Research” (CIBER) by the U.S. Department of Education in its 2014 grant competition. The CIBERs were created by the U.S. Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international competitiveness.

As a result of the 2014 grant competition, seventeen universities were designated by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as national resources to increase global business competence. At the peak, nine Big Ten conference universities were among the nation’s CIBER universities, now only four remain and Michigan State University is proud to be among this select group.
MSU has been a CIBER institution since 1990, and has consistently been an exemplary of the CIBER program; one illustration being the U.S. Department of Education’s use of Shahriar Ghoddousi’s (CEO, The John Henry Company) quote in its program promotions: “The achievement of the Michigan State University-CIBER in international business is remarkable. Business executives look to MSU-CIBER and its knowledge portal as the leading resource in the world on international business operations.”
MSU’s CIBER grant for the 2014 to 2018 period is titled Strategic Value Chains for Increased International Competitiveness. The mission is to leverage our leading-edge knowledge and skills to provide superior education, research, and assistance to businesses, multiplier groups, faculty, and students on issues of national significance for international competitiveness.
Dr. Tomas Hult, Director of MSU’s CIBER, Professor and Byington Endowed Chair, says that “our CIBER agenda is designed to be far-reaching, high-impact, and aligned with the rich ‘world-grant’ traditions of MSU.”

MSU’s CIBER work agenda for 2014-2018 builds on the experiences already received by millions of people who have been positively affected. These range from more than a million active users on; to more than 12,000 companies nationwide (including some 1,900 companies in Michigan); to more than 500 faculty trained at community colleges across 44 U.S. states (including faculty at 24 of 28 community colleges in Michigan); to the business professorate who benefit from MSU’s top ranking in producing international business research (International Business Review 2010); and to 28,000 business people who obtain global knowledge in the globalEDGE Business Review and via the globalEDGE Business Beat.

Contact: Dr. Tomas Hult, Director
International Business Center
Eli Broad College of Business
Michigan State University
Phone: 517-353-4336, Email:

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