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The Center for International Business Education: A Sum Bigger than its Parts

Aug 22, 2019
Experiential / Reality-based Learning


Marina Augoustidis, assistant director of CIBE Programs, Center for Global Business, writes about the CIBE Network and its impact.

Since 2009, the Center for Global Business at Maryland Smith has supported over 4,000 students on study abroad programs, trained over 6,300 business professionals in global trade, and awarded over $125,000 in scholarships and grants to faculty and PhD candidates contributing new knowledge to the field of international business.

The Center for Global Business is one of 15 business schools across the country to have been awarded a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education known as CIBE (Centers for International Business Education, sometimes also known as CIBER). The CIBE program was created by Congress in 1988 under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and global competitiveness. The grant supports the work of the center and has positioned the center as a regional and national resource for students, faculty, and industry professionals at all levels, institutions, and industries nationwide. In addition to its individual portfolio of initiatives, the center joins the other 14 CIBE recipients to provide global business programming, thought leadership, research, and foreign language opportunities that create jobs, enhance economic development, train international business professionals, and create globally-minded students.

Since 1989, statistics of CIBE’s impact have been collected from AIBER or the Association of International Business Education and Research, an incorporated association representing the CIBE network. The latest report shows data from the founding of the CIBE program in 1989 through 2017. See below for a snapshot of the impact that CIBE has made and also how the center has contributed in the past decade. Access the full report.

CIBE Network since 1989

CGB since 2009

188,434 students across the country have experienced overseas learning through CIBE programs.

4,000 Smith students have gone abroad in either short-term, consulting, or semester exchange study abroad programs.

370,346 faculty supported in international business education and capacity building.

Over 1,000 faculty supported to teach international business, language, and area studies.

383,256 industry professionals trained in international business.

6,300 industry professionals trained in international business and export management.

12,227 faculty and PhD students supported in international business research projects.

Awarded over $125,000 to PhD students and faculty for research and capacity building.

Over 475,000 students equipped with business language skills.

Global business skills development for over 30,000 students.

Read more about the CIBE network and programs. Keep up to date on the work of the center and our program offerings or email us at

This program was funded in part by CIBE, a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

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