Colorado's only CIBER awarded $1.28 million

Prestigious CIBER at CU Denver's Institute for International Business is funded through 2022

October 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded CU Denver’s Institute for International Business $1.28 million in federal funding to continue operating a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) for 2018-2022.

This prestigious award distinguishes CU Denver as one of only 15 CIBERs in the country, the only CIBER in Colorado, and one of two in the Rocky Mountain region. CU Denver has successfully competed nationally for the four-year CIBER Award and has generated more than $8 million in funding since 1993.

“We are very pleased with the re-designation of CU Denver as a CIBER and selection of our proposal in the Top 3 out of the 15 grants awarded,” said Dr. Roderick Nairn, CU Denver’s Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

According to the CIBER award decision-makers, “CU Denver has proposed an ambitious program of teaching, research, and business and academic outreach initiatives that will help advance international business education, foreign language education, and US global competitiveness. While CU Denver has been a long-standing CIBER recipient, its initiatives are fresh and timely and can serve as models for other institutions to adopt.”

“CU Denver’s new CIBER  initiatives will seize on important opportunities that will help prepare current and future practitioners to conduct business in a digital, disrupted, and dynamic global economy,” said Dr. Manuel G. Serapio, Faculty Director of CU Denver CIBER and the Institute for International Business and Associate Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship at the Business School. “One program theme for the next four years is digital globalization, including global e-commerece, global transport and global pay, which leverages Denver and Colorado’s pivotal location as a hub for global business and digital entrepreneurship.”
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Student Impact

“CU Denver CIBER’s International Executive Roundtable events have given me many insights on what’s going on around the world in business, and has helped me figure out what I like. The connection I made at CIBERVets (CU Denver CIBER’s program that assists veterans and military students expand their awareness and knowledge of International Business) helped me land an internship at the World Trade Center last Spring.”

Manuel Aguilar, BSBA International Business candidate
Business School, CU Denver
Naval Aircrewman Operator, US Navy

“I traveled to China on the Windows on China field study program (a program jointly developed and supported by the Business School, IIB/CIBER, and Office of International Affairs). It was an eye opening experience for me to see the business dynamism in China. The cultural and business lessons that I learned were very valuable as I work with our business development team in China.”

Julie Tracy Lockwood
Program Director, IBM Global Services
MS in International Business, Business School, CU Denver