Office of Global Initiatives

Global Showcase Highlights International Learning
Global Showcase Highlights International Learning


Apply Now for the 2016 CIBER Case Challenge

Applications are open for the 2016 CIBER Case Challenge, which will take place October 5-9, 2016, at the University of Connecticut. The event gives business students from around the world the opportunity to participate in an international business case competition. The deadline to apply is June 27, 2016. Click here for more information and apply now.

Smith CIBER Co-Hosted TATA Dialogue on Innovation: April 1

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business co-hosted the TATA Dialogue on Innovation on April 1, 2016. The luncheon took place from 12-2 p.m. at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The discussion was led by Shankar Venkateswaran, Chief of TATA Sustainabiilty Group, and focused on integrating sustainability into day-to-day business, measuring success, dealing with diverse issues and more.

Global Showcase Highlights International Learning

The Office of Global Initiatives hosted the 1st Annual Global Showcase on March 3, 2016. Thirty students created poster board presentations based on their time abroad and competed for prizes in the following categories: Enterprise and Innovation; Doing Business in <Country>; Opportunities and Challenges for U.S. Businesses; Social Economics; and a Fan Favorite. Dr. Robie Samanta Roy, Vice President of Innovation and Technology at Lockheed Martin, presented a keynote address for attendees. Read more.

Smith Freshmen Go Global

More than 300 Smith freshmen were encouraged to think globally and develop an international perspective while attending the Young Professionals Institute (YPI) as part of the Smith Start program on February 28. During the program, international career expert and author Stacie Berdan challenged students to develop a global mindset. Additionally, OGI Program Manager Chris Olson unveiled a newly-developed Passport to a Global Mindset, which aims at connecting students with global opportunities both on and off campus. Learn more.


The Robert H. Smith School of Business infuses global opportunities and perspectives into our students’ education to create a global mindset. Our student population of 5,100 comes from 96 countries and 30 percent of our 200 faculty hail from beyond U.S. borders. Many others teach and conduct research on a variety of international business topics. Smith is proud to have a truly international curriculum which includes a strong undergraduate International Business major with more than 200 students and nearly 20 courses that focus on international business and cross-cultural issues.

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) is an integral component of the Office of Global Initiatives. Smith CIBER is a national resource center for teaching, research and outreach in international business and related fields. Established in 2006, CIBER implements major initiatives and activities such as the Emerging Markets Forum focused on four themes: government policy, emerging markets, global entrepreneurship, and sustainability. CIBER is grateful to the U.S. Department of Education, the Smith School, and the University for their generous support of the Center.