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The newest member of the International Institute is the Center for International Business Education. Founded in 1989, CIBE has been an active member of the University's international community for over a decade, serving students and faculty in the Business School and throughout the University. "By joining the II, CIBE signals and extends its capacity to link business expertise to other competencies in international area studies," said Michael Kennedy, director of the II. "This combination also reflects Michigan's distinction in its work across the schools and colleges in the engagement of critical global challenges."
CIBE's mission is to promote teaching and learning about international business at the U-M as well as at other academic institutions and in the private sector. Its mandate includes internationalizing curricula, promoting foreign language instruction for professional purposes, research and outreach to academic institutions and business. The mandate deliberately defines international business broadly, requiring programs that integrate area studies, foreign languages and professional school education. In the research area, to take one example, grants are awarded to faculty and doctoral students in the social sciences-including political science, anthropology, sociology and economics-as well as in the Business School.
CIBE is partially funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, the same funding source for many of the II's members. Its federal support is subject to the same peer review process as the all Title VI programs. The Michigan CIBE received the top ranking in its most recent renewal competition out of a total of 28 centers nationwide. It also receives financial support from the Business School and operates a number of revenue generating programs, including executive training programs. One major effort in the latter area has been a three-year collaboration in which CIBE provided training for the government of Hong Kong's administrative officers.
"Membership in the II is a visible way to recognize CIBE's contribution to international business education across the entire University," says director Brad Farnsworth who serves as a full-time administrator and also teaches in the Business School's Corporate Strategy and International Business group. In addition to Fransworth, CIBE has three other staff members. Anne Preston, who has been with the Center since its founding and who has worked in the University for over 25 years, serves as associate director. Karen Berwald-Haberland, who came to CIBE from the School of Social Work in 1998, is program coordinator. There is also a clerical position, open as of July 2001. The Center's executive committee includes Fred Amrine (Germanic Languages and Literatures), Michael Kennedy (II director), Linda Lim (Business School and II associate director) and Ed Miller (Business School).
Much of CIBE's programming taps the University's outstanding resources on Asia. Some examples include an annual conference for automotive executives on Asian markets; the only peer-reviewed journal in North America on Asian business, the Journal of Asian Business; curriculum development projects for the Chinese and Thai languages; and many research projects that focus on Asian economies, including a recent study of China's financial markets. Brad Farnsworth is a faculty associate with the Center for Chinese Studies and also serves on its fellowship and executive committees. In addition to Asia, CIBE supports programs in other world regions, including Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.
A recent major CIBE initiative has been the development of international business training for liberal arts students. A new summer institute, begun in 2000, provides an intensive three-week exposure to international business for liberal arts undergraduates who have demonstrated a strong commitment to international careers. Open to undergraduates from around the country, the program includes a group research project, a field trip to a Japanese-owned factory and classroom study with the Business School's top faculty.
CIBE will remain as part of the Business School under the terms of an agreement among the provost, the LSA dean and the Business School. Collaboration between the II and CIBE has already become closer in the past year, with CIBE extensively involved in the administration of an Alcoa Foundation grant to the II to internationalize students in engineering and other technical fields.
For more information, see CIBE's website: http://www.umich.edu/~cibe/.