About Us

Mission: Our mission is to connect the diverse members of the Smith School community (students, faculty, staff, alumni) to the world and the world to the Smith School, to provide these members and partners with opportunities to gain global mindset and build international business skills, and to serve as a Maryland resource center for companies seeking to take their goods and services into the global marketplace.

The center is the driver of internationalization and global mindset education at the Smith School and a preferred partner for international commerce in the state of Maryland, specifically in regard to training and supporting students, companies, and current and future business leaders to engage successfully in global business.

What we do:

  1. Student training. We create for-credit and co-curricular global learning opportunities for students both on-campus and abroad.
  2. School internationalization. We drive the development of international partnerships and global mindset education at all levels of the School.
  3. Faculty development. We connect faculty with global teaching resources, global opportunities, and international partners.
  4. Thought leadership and research. We bring together policymakers, academics, business leaders, and students to explore issues affecting global commerce and support knowledge creation for the global economy.
  5. Capacity building for business. We provide consulting and training to help companies compete successfully in the global marketplace.

The Center for Global Business (CGB) is also home to one of only 17 Centers for International Business Education (CIBE) in the U.S. The CIBE program was created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBE network serves to links the people-power and technological needs of the U.S. business community with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country.

UMD CIBE was first funded in 2006. The CIBE grant supports many of the activities of the Center for Global Business, including student consulting projects, export workshops for businesses, language training for students and professionals, faculty development programs, and thought leadership events. Through CIBE, the Center for Global Business Serves as a national resource center.