he U.S. Department of Education has designated the University of Colorado Denver as a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) for 2014-2018, putting CU Denver among an elite group of 17 U.S. university awardees.
The prestigious designation includes funding of about $1.1 million for four years to support the CU Denver Institute for International Business’s (IIB) internationalization initiatives in the areas of international business, language and culture, and academic and business outreach. CU Denver is the only CIBER in Colorado and one of two in the Rocky Mountain region.
“We are very proud of the CIBER designation,” said Roderick Nairn, PhD, provost and vice chancellor of student and academic affairs at CU Denver. “It is a great recognition of the innovative and impactful work that the university does to help prepare our students to work in and contribute to the global economy.”
Manuel G. Serapio, PhD, principal investigator of CIBER and an associate professor and program director of international business in the CU Denver Business School, noted that this CIBER application cycle was one of the most competitive in the program’s history. “This year’s grant competition was very selective, given the fewer number of CIBERs awarded,” Serapio said. “I am grateful to my team, university and Business School colleagues, and external stakeholders who have supported us during this grant-writing process.”
As recently as last year, CU Denver’s IIB hosted the, drawing 105 faculty from 53 institutions in 15 states and Mexico. It’s been over 20 years since our institution was first designated a CIBER by the U.S. Department of Education.
The CU Denver CIBER activities will have a significant and sustainable impact. Its activities will benefit Minority Serving Institutions: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). In the case of TCUs, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium selected CU Denver’s CIBER to be its partner in internationalizing programs for all 37 U.S. TCUs.
Additionally, CU Denver CIBER’s enhancements to the Boots to Suits program will benefit veterans. Its Global Badge programs will facilitate IB education at CU Denver’s Business School as well as at the other CU campuses and the Community College of Denver and other U.S. community colleges. Also, its Faculty Development Programs in IB and international entrepreneurship will build teaching and research capacity and benefit hundreds of faculty across the United States.
“We look forward to implementing dozens of exciting CIBER initiatives that will benefit students, faculty and the business community,” Serapio said. Other programs will increase student job placement, globalize international business competency and increase America’s global competitiveness.