May 6, 2010
Renee DeGross Valdes, 404-413-1353
ATLANTA - Georgia State University has received a $1.6 million federal grant to launch the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
The grant, in part funded by the Department of Education, was one of three new awards authorized by the federal government in this cycle, bringing the total number of CIBERs in the U.S. to 34. Created by the U.S. Congress in 1988, these international business centers typically form powerful networks focused on improving competitiveness and providing services and programs that help businesses in the United States succeed in global markets.
CIBER represents a milestone for GSU's evolution, said Tamer Cavusgil, director of the Institute of International Business and the Fuller E. Callaway Professorial Chair, who proposes 63 projects during the four-year grant cycle.
"This goes a long way towards enhancing our national and international reputation," said Cavusgil. "We are excited about the interdisciplinary collaboration the designation will trigger."
Georgia State is a major urban research university built in a commercial, economic and cultural hub in the Southeast, and is committed to an agenda of international engagement.
The projects include seven strategic areas, including focused activities for teaching the core international business course, a regional higher education consortium for teaching pedagogy, dissemination of emerging market knowledge and less-commonly taught languages.
According to Robinson College of Business Dean H. Fenwick Huss, "Receiving this highly competitive CIBER grant confirms the significant advances we have made with our international programs, partnerships and research. We look forward to all the opportunities the grant will provide us to further expand our efforts in the area of international business education."
The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State's Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students and 70,000 alumni. With programs on four continents and students from 160 countries, the College is worldwide and world class. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by BusinessWeek and U.S. News & World Report. Its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world's best EMBA programs. The Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia's top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the nation.