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University of Minnesota awarded grant to open research Center for International Business Education and Research

Contacts: Steve Rudolph, Carlson School of Management, skr@umn.edu, 612-624-8770
Preston Smith, News Service, smith@umn.edu, 612-625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/01/2010) —The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Carlson School of Management to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness.

With a mission to advance the knowledge and understanding of global business issues to transform leaders, markets and solutions, the new center plans to focus on three key themes: emerging markets, environmental sustainability, and less-commonly taught languages. The U of M CIBER will serve businesses and educators in Minnesota and is expected to also become a resource for Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

“Business outreach and collaboration with companies on international issues have long been a hallmark of the Carlson School of Management,” said Michael Houston, Carlson School associate dean of International Programs and U of M CIBER director. “This grant will build on and leverage what we’re already doing to further benefit companies, educational institutions and other units within the University.”

The center expects to introduce several business outreach activities that will better expose regional and national business leaders to sustainability as a competitive advantage and the opportunities and challenges that exist in select emerging markets.

For educators, CIBER anticipates providing:

· A summer institute for K-16 language instructors with the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA).

· A summer program for K-12 teachers on an international business topic through the University’s Institute for Global Studies.

· Increased involvement of language instructors in study abroad programs.

“Being awarded a CIBER adds depth and breadth to the University of Minnesota’s and the Carlson School’s increasingly diverse international portfolio, and is further recognition of our dedication to introducing students to the world at every opportunity,” said Meredith McQuaid, associate vice president and dean of the University’s Office of International Programs. “The grant will result in connections and outcomes that will benefit our campus, our community, our region and our world.”

Minnesota’s Congressional delegation and the governor’s office supported the University of Minnesota’s grant application. The University will match federal funds it receives over the next four years.

Officials are currently conducting a search for the center’s managing director and will begin operations in the early fall.

Created by Congress in 1988 and administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER network links the manpower and technological needs of the United States business community with international education, language training and research capacities of universities across the country. There are now 33 centers serving as regional and national resources to business people, students and teachers at all levels.

About the Carlson School of Management
Established in 1919 and based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is a recognized leader in business education and research. Its focus on experiential learning, international education and maintaining strong ties to the business community exemplify the school’s commitment to excellence. More information about the school can be found at www.carlsonschool.umn.edu.

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