Center for International Business Education and Research

I While Ohio State CIBER is located in the Fisher College of Business, it seeks to promote international business education and research and enhance U.S. business competitiveness in the global marketplace throughout the university and across the state.


  • The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the U.S.
  • Seventeen universities are designated as CIBERs to serve as regional and national resources for businesses, students, educators, and academics. Together, the CIBERs form a powerful network focused on meeting the personnel and information needs of American businesses. The CIBER network serves to enhance U.S. competitiveness and provide programs and services that help U.S. businesses succeed in global markets.


The goal of Ohio State CIBER is to assist in the development of a globally competent workforce in the US. We identify important and underserved areas of weakness in global competence in our workforce, and then address those shortfalls. We target deserving businesses to provide their workforce requisite global skills, emphasizing export training, and we identify and serve distinct significant demographic groups.

  • Advisory Council

    Advisory Council

    The Fisher College CIBER Advisory Council provides advice and counsel, as well as critical feedback and evaluation, about all CIBER activities. The Council meets formally once each year.

  • Collaboration Partners


    Global Gateways

    OSU CIBER partners with the Global Gateways, satellite offices in key emerging nations, to provide our students and faculty with easy entry points into internationally compleling locations for research and study programs.

    Study Centers

    Ohio State is also home to a number of federally funded Title VI centers, including Afria, East Asian, Latin America, Eastern Europe/Slavic, and Middle East Studies Centers. Partnering with these organizations to co-host distinguished speakers, provide resources to Fisher students, and co-sponsor cultural events allows OSU CIBER to utilize their significant expertise.

    National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM)

    The CIBER partnership allows the NCMM to help identify how the middle market firms compete globally. With its unique partnership with GE Capital, Fisher has a unique capability to lead the scholastic growth in the area of middle market companies, one of the fastest growing segments of the US and global economy.

    Export Program

    The ability to build and manage export capability is often a constraint that prevents US firms from selling their goods internationally; so Fisher, in a unique partnership with the Ohio Development Services Agency, developed the Export Internship Program which provides subsidized student interns who have been trained in the export functionality to Ohio manufacturers who desire to sell their product internationally.

    Columbus Council on World Affairs (CCWA)

    The CCWA's mission is to increase global awareness in the Columbus region. Their vision is to be the leading nonpartisan, globally-focused organization in the Columbus Region. The Council fosters a community that is well-informed about critical international issues as they affect the world, nation and the local region, and whose citizens utilize this insight to make effective decisions in our global society. OSU CIBER works closely with CCWA to partner on the Global Scholars Program.

    National Association of Small Business and International Trade Education (NASBITE)

    OSU CIBER is a member of NASBITE and OSU is also participating in the NASBITE International Student Case Competition sponsored by Cleveland Whiskey during the 2014-15 academic year.

    Central State University

    OSU CIBER is partnering with Central State University to bring members of both Universities together for the EIP program and the Distinguish Speaker Series. As this partnership grows we hope to expand the programs we work together on.

    Ohio Community Colleges

    OSU CIBER is working on expanding the Ohio Community College International Network to include all 23 community colleges across Ohio. The Ohio Community College International Network (OCCIN) mission is to expand or enhance international business curriculum offered to students at the community college level, create opportunities for community college faculty to develop global knowledge, and provide the community colleges’ business networks with global topics to enhance their global competitiveness.

  • Events


    • The U.S. and China: Prospects for Trade and Security Relations: David M. Lampton, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
      • Date: March 29, 2018
      • Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Past events

    • Out of the Classroom and Into the World: Provost Bruce McPheron
      • Date: February 15, 2018
      • Time: 8:00 - 11:45 a.m.

    • Global Trade Speaker Series, 2018 Global Economic and Risk Outlook: Michael Weidokal, International Strategic Analysis (ISA)
      • Date: February 1, 2018
      • Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

    • Distinguished Speaker Series, How the China-U.S. Relationship will Shape the Emerging Global Order: Ambassador He Yafei
      • Date: November 15, 2017
      • Time: 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

    • 2017 Global Summit: Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow: Keynote Stephen Hooper, Autodesk
      • Date: October 27, 2017
      • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    • Distinguished Speaker Series: Management and the New Demographics: Dr. Mary Yoko Brannen and Dr. Terry Mughan
      • Date: September 18, 2017
      • Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Ohio State University CIBER Staff

Director - Joyce Steffan (