International Business Education
UF-CIBER supports a number of initiatives designed to enhance international business education, both at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Below is a sampling of programs that UF-CIBER has sponsored in conjunction with Mary Risner, Associate Director, Outreach and Latin American Business Environment, UF Center for Latin American Studies.
Sponsored by UF-CIBER, NOBLE provides an opportunity for business and foreign-language faculty at high schools and community colleges to develop interdisciplinary relationships, exchange ideas, and make connections with other professionals to better prepare students to excel in the 21st-century workplace. The site provides teachers with resources, information about innovative language and business-related programs around the United States, and a chance to network with other educators via an online forum.
This online resource for students and business people interested in working with or within the Brazilian retailing industry allows individuals to join a wiki free of charge and share resources in either English or Portuguese. The page is co-sponsored UF-CIBER, UF Miller Retailing Center, and UF Center for Latin American Studies.
This site aims to expand public/private dialogue on collaborative research and training activities, increase cultural understanding and exchange, improve language training skills, and to foster business and education partnerships to give citizens tools to compete in a global economy. The topics including advertising, investment, technology, and tourism.
This online resource helps students develop a deep understanding of the political and economic forces that led to Brazil's current business environment; examine and analyze the country's strengths and weaknesses and opportunities for growth and development; and learn and/or master Brazilian Portuguese while immersing themselves in the diverse and vibrant culture of Brazil.
The theme of the 2011 CIBER Business Language Conference, Bringing Languages and Business Together: New Directions for a Critical Need, fostered an exchange of ideas and perspectives on how foreign-language educators can best assess and meet the current and future linguistic and cross-cultural needs of leaders in global business and the professions. With UF-CIBER's support, Mary Risner and Kimberly Fields, of George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA, led a workshop for 14 K-12 and post-secondary teachers titled "K‐12 Business Language: Preparing Students for the Global Workplace."
UF-CIBER is sponsoring a business-language track at the conference, whose theme is "The Real World of Languages in the 21st Century." Mary Risner will lead a session on Brazil and Portuguese, focusing on how learning this language will give students a competitive advantage in their future careers and complement their knowledge of Spanish-speaking Latin America. The conference also includes language-specific sessions in ASL, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.
UF-CIBER is sponsoring a keynote address on international business by Tampa Port Director Richard Wainio. Wainio has in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry, international trade, and global transportation gained from over 30 years of high-level public- and private-sector experience that includes work in many countries worldwide. Prior to coming to Tampa, he worked 23 years in executive positions with the Panama Canal. His responsibilities with the Panama Canal included strategic and treaty planning, economic research, and marketing, and he served as the primary adviser to the Canal's bi-national Board of Directors. Wainio earned an M.A. in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in psychology from Davidson College. He also did post-graduate work in Latin American demographic studies at the University of Florida and in economics at the University of Oklahoma. He is active in various international trade organizations and associations and serves as an adviser to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
UF-CIBER regularly sponsors faculty participation in conferences worldwide, including the NBEA conference, where Mary Risner and Kimberly Fields, of George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA, participated in a panel titled "Global Perspectives in the Business Curriculum: A 21st Century Priority." Panelists noted that as countries become more interdependent in the world economy, there is a greater need for U.S. students to develop intercultural competence and foreign-language skills that will complement their business training in order to succeed. Global awareness will serve students whether they work on internationally diverse teams within the U.S. or abroad. This session introduced conference attendees to an online professional learning community. Sample lessons with international content were presented, and participants discussed how they integrate international content in their courses.