As one of 17 CIBERs located in universities throughout the U.S., the UConn CIBER is mandated to increase the competitiveness of U.S. business in the global marketplace. The UConn School of Business first received the CIBER grant from the Department of Education in 1995 as part of the Higher Education Act. Our vision of the UConn CIBER is to emerge as a recognized leader in global business education, and become a significant national resource for international business teaching, research and outreach with a strong emphasis on innovation and manufacturing. We will be truly global in terms of both our participants and our perspectives. The UConn CIBER works closely with other schools and units of the University especially the Office of Global Affairs, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, and the various area centers.
The UConn CIBER programs are concentrated in three main areas: Academic Programs, Business and Academic Outreach, and Research Programs. These areas filter down into five principal objectives:
- Provide programs with focus on International Business and Manufacturing for students at the undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. levels
- Provide funds and facilities for faculty to internationalize the business curriculum and to conduct research in the area of international business with emphasis on Manufacturing
- Provide businesses in the region with international business management education and instruction in foreign languages and cultures, which will enable them to enhance their leadership positions in today’s global economy
- Develop and spearhead the capabilities of the nation’s colleges and universities, with special emphasis on community colleges and minority serving institutions, in international business education geared toward Manufacturing
- Emerge as a national resource for management education on Manufacturing
Our focus at CIBER during the 2014-2018 grant cycle is Manufacturing and Global Opportunities. The programs are designed and coordinated by faculty members of the UConn School of Business and other academic units of the University, with the assistance of the CIBER Director and the Advisory Council.