The University of South Carolina CIBER, like the other 16 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in the United States, has been given six mandates from the US Department of Education and the Higher Education Act of 1965 to promote international business in its various forms. Two of those mandates fall under the heading of OUTREACH activities:
- Serve as regional resources to local businesses by providing programs and research designed to meet the international training needs of such businesses
- Serve as regional resources for other faculty, students and institutions of higher education
SC CIBER offers a variety of programs and activities to local businesses, faculty, students and institutions in the state of South Carolina and the southeast region to enhance international business experience and expertise. These activities and programs include but are not limited to: Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs, Historically Black College and University (HBCU) outreach, International Business research initiatives, as well as seminars, workshops and conferences.
Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Programs
The University of South Carolina CIBER manages and leads the CIBER leading edge activity FDIB-Africa program each year, with usually several participant slots and CIBER scholarship stipends available to faculty from our regional area. Learn more.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Outreach and Community Colleges (CC) Outreach
The University of South Carolina CIBER reserves participant slots for HBCU Faculty in its FDIB programs, as well as making available generous scholarship stipends for faculty from HBCU institutions, MSI and CC in our region and nationally. The SC CIBER is also the lead-CIBER is a new, four-year program of outreach to MSI and CC faculty and students that will incorporate:
- a free FDIB seminar series for MSI and Community College faculty in Atlanta, GA, in March 2015
- one-on-one mentoring of MSI and Community College faculty to internationalize the business curriculum at selected schools
- short term study abroad opportunities and funding for faculty and students from MSI and CC institutions
- hosting a research conference especially designed for MSI and CC faculty
International Business Research Initiatives
To promote the international competitiveness of U.S. businesses in the global market—especially those businesses in South Carolina and the southeast—the SC CIBER offers annual CIBER research grants to its Moore School faculty as primary researchers on various research topics of international significance (outsourcing, homeland security, new technologies and international business, micro-finance, multinational corporations, and business challenges in Africa and Asia), and encourage them, when possible, to partner with other faculty from other institutions in our region. This research initiative supports not only regional faculty and businesses, but also the future global business interests of all U.S. companies.
For additional information concerning CIBER Outreach opportunites, visit the CIBERweb.