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John McIntyre, executive director of Georgia Tech's Center for International Business Education and Research
John McIntyre, executive director of Georgia Tech's Center for International Business Education and Research

Georgia Techs’ Center for International Business Education and Research among Elite Group to Win Grant Funding

Georgia Tech’s Center for International Business Education and Research (GT CIBER) is only one of 17 such national centers of excellence selected for four more years of funding by the U.S. Department of Education.

In the last funding round, in 2010, 34 universities made the cut to house CIBER centers. But declining federal budgets have led to increased competition for the grants, leading to a 50-percent reduction this year, explains Strategic Management Professor John McIntyre, executive director of GT CIBER.

The creation of CIBER centers to increase and promote the nations’ capacity for international understanding and competitiveness was made possible by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.

The CIBER network links the manpower and technological needs of the United States business community with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country. 

Established in 1993, GT CIBER has won funding until October 2018, when it must compete for renewal.

“We enrich international business-related curricula by encouraging international exchange, study abroad, and innovative international business course and program content,” McIntyre explains. “We develop program to deepen the global perspective of faculty members and support small- and medium-sized enterprises through training programs designed to improve international competitiveness.”

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