About the Center
CIBERs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education to promote education, research and business outreach activities that enhance international business in university programs and contribute to sustaining and improving the competitiveness of American firms in global markets.
Affiliated UF Centers
- Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies
- Bureau of Economic and Business Research
- Center for African Studies
- Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Center for European Studies
- Center for Governmental Responsibility (CGR) at the Levin College of Law
- Center for International Economic & Business Studies
- Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
- Center for Supply Chain Management
- Collaborative Assessment and Program Evaluation Services
- David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research
- Elizabeth B. & William F. Poe, Sr. Center for Business Ethics Education and Research
- Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute
- Florida Agricultural Market Research Center
- Florida Institute for Sustainable Energy
- Bob Graham Center for Public Service
- International Center for Research in Accounting and Auditing
- Public Utility Research Center
- Robert F. Lanzillotti Public Policy Research Center
- Tourism Crisis Management Institute
- UF Center for Agribusiness
- UF Water Institute
- University of Florida International Center
The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were 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 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. The thirty-one Centers serve as regional and national resources to business people, students, and teachers at all levels.
Building on the strengths of their faculty and staff, each CIBER organizes a variety of activities to advance the study and teaching of international business and to support applied research on United States competitiveness in the global marketplace. Examples of such activities are listed below:
- Internationalizing the business curriculum by increasing the number of interdisciplinary courses, existing courses with international content, study abroad and other international exchange opportunities for students.
- Creating faculty development and enrichment programs for business faculty from colleges and universities around the nation, such as affordable study trips to Asia, Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, and intensive 2-3 week workshops at host universities.
- Collaborating with foreign language departments to develop business language courses for students and to provide intensive language training programs for business persons.
- Providing support to small and medium-size business firms seeking to develop overseas markets. Educational programs for business may include, for example, export training, market information, management reviews, and response strategies to increased international competition.
- Funding research projects, events and publications on issues of strategic national interest, such as international competitiveness issues.
- CIBERs work collaboratively with each other, with other departments and disciplines within their universities, other colleges and universities regionally and nationally, government and trade councils, professional associations, and business.
We appreciate the Poe family's vision for a higher level of ethics instruction here at the University of Florida and their generous support that has allowed the Poe Center to reach so many people.