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San Diego State University

Fowler College of
Business Administration

SDSU’s CIBER Program Selected for Federal Grant

Building global competence and international understanding.

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) located San Diego State’s College of Business Administration has received a grant exceeding $1 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will be awarded in the fall of 2014 and will be distributed over a four-year period.

This year, the grant took on a new significance in that SDSU was one of only 17 universities throughout the United States to receive this important federal grant.

In keeping with SDSU’s consistently highly ranked international business program (#10 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report) the CIBER has been an important resource to the university for providing funding for faculty research and study aboard opportunities for students, outreach to the international business community, and workshops and training programs related to language training and global business.

CIBER Impacts the University and the Region

“The CIBER funding will help SDSU continue to rise as a leading national university.’” said SDSU CIBER managing director Mark Ballam. “The SDSU CIBER initiatives integrate international education into our highly ranked business programs and also many disciplines across our campus. These initiatives include many high impact learning programs that address the trade related needs of our community while further enhancing our students’ employment prospects.”

These initiatives include many high impact learning programs that address the trade related needs of our community while further enhancing our students’ employment prospects.
Mark J. Ballam

“San Diego is on the edge of the Pacific Rim and shares a border with Tijuana and Mexicali – an ideal position that has made our region one of the top emerging regions in the world. Our city is thriving in diverse fields like communications, environmental and biomedical research, software and electronics manufacturing, and they all involve international trade,” said College of Business Administration dean Dr. Dennis Cradit. “SDSU CIBER has outlined a creative multidisciplinary partnership to enhance international business education and leverage the strengths of SDSU’s business, area studies, and language programs. Our commitment is to continue to develop the workforce, leaders and research necessary to sustain San Diego’s industries, as well as prepare our graduates to interact with their peers around the world.”

SDSU’s CIBER was one of the first six centers launched in the U.S. in 1989 and is the only center in the state of California.

SDSU CIBER has outlined a creative multidisciplinary partnership to enhance international business education and leverage the strengths of SDSU’s business, area studies, and language programs.
Dr. Dennis Cradit, Dean