Center for International Business, Education and Research (CIBER)

The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. 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 the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country. The 33 centers serve as regional and national resources to business people, students and teachers at all levels. Building on the strengths of their faculty and staff, each CIBER organizes a variety of activities to advance the study and teaching of international business and to support applied research on United States competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Ohio State’s CIBER Awarded Additional Funding

In 2010, The U.S. Department of Education approved funding for Ohio State’s CIBER, housed at Fisher. The grant of $1.5 million over four years is an increase of $188,000 over the previous funding period. The grant is Ohio State’s fifth consecutive award in the competitive program proposal process.

CIBER programs have evolved over the years to respond to the rapidly changing global economic climate. The center has shifted from an emphasis on international cases and field studies to increasing opportunities for international action-based learning projects, which encourage innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Fisher has expanded its education programs to emerging global business settings, including Vietnam, Ethiopia, Brazil and Bolivia.

The college has significantly enhanced its action-based learning projects and curricular programs to emphasize the development of skills in sustainable business, risk management, micro-enterprise, global innovation and entrepreneurship. Increased funding levels will enable CIBER to focus on new initiatives in the areas of food security and renewable energy. New partnerships with community colleges and institutions serving minority communities will enable CIBER to have long-term impact on the global readiness of future business leaders across the state.

Ohio State’s CIBER will continue to create innovative, interdisciplinary opportunities for students and faculty through collaborations across the university such as area studies centers, College of Engineering, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. As in past years, CIBER will continue to supplement Ohio State’s language studies programs, offering added support for less commonly taught languages and intensive, individualized training. Language education is also one of the many programs available to the Ohio business community.

In addition to the many student programs, Ohio State’s CIBER offers seminars and conferences that provide professionals with tools to become more successful within the global marketplace. CIBER co-sponsors regional events with the Ohio Department of Development’s Global Markets Division, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Columbus Council on World Affairs. Nationally, CIBER funds the National Forum on Trade Policy and the CIBER Business Language Conference, among other events.

At Fisher College of Business, students can broaden their world view by leveraging a variety of international resources. Learn more at

Vietnam 2010 – Emerging Market Field Study (EMFS)

Vietnam 2010 - EMFS Video

Fisher College of Business students embarked to Vietnam during spring break 2010 to work with local businesses and share experiences.

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“The worldwide financial crisis is the most significant economic event in recent history and its impact has the potential to undermine our country’s global competitiveness and leadership…the U.S. Department of Education’s increase in our CIBER grant is validation of Fisher’s success in serving Ohio’s business community through high impact international research and innovative education programs, which are helping our state and ultimately our nation maintain our global competitive edge.”

Christine A. Poon

Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business

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