Florida International University has used a $1.1 million federal matching grant to create a Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER), the university has announced.
The grants, awarded to a dozen universities this year, are designed to promote international competitiveness. FIU’s center will focus on developing connections between Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region and enhancing global cultural fluency.
“The international business landscape is dramatically changing, with much trade now occurring directly between emerging markets such as China and Brazil,” said Sumit Kundu, associate dean of international programs at FIU Business. “
Housed at FIU’s College of Business. the CIBER will boost course offerings, faculty training and foreign language support. Activities will include a global mindset boot camp for students; scholarships for international internships and study abroad; an international business seminar series; video chats between FIU students and those in other countries; foreign language courses; and faculty research and development programs in South Korea, India and Cuba.
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FIU’s CIBER is one of 17 such centers across the United States created since 1988. The University of Miami created a similar center in 2010.