Aerial view of the LMU letters on the bluff

In fall 2018, LMU College of Business Administration received the Center for International Business Education (CIBE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for years 2018-2022. The total federal funding for four years is just over $1 million. The CIBE grants 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.

The DOE CIBE program provides funding to U.S. institutions of higher education for curriculum development, research and training on issues related to U.S. trade and competitiveness. The key roles of the CIBE are as follows:

  • to serve as national resources for the teaching of improved business techniques, strategies, and methodologies that emphasize the international context in which business is transacted
  • to provide instruction in critical foreign languages and international fields needed to provide an understanding of the cultures and customs of U.S. trading partners
  • to provide research and training in the international aspects of trade, commerce and other fields of study
  • to provide training to students enrolled in the institution or institutions in which a center is located
  • to serve as regional resources to local businesses by offering programs and providing research designed to meet the international training needs of such businesses
  • to serve other faculty, students and institutions of higher education located within their respective regions

The LMU CIBE aligns with the university’s mission to cultivate a “globally imaginative” campus that provides students with a transformative education that is global, creative and interdisciplinary. LMU CIBE focuses on the following four themes: 1) innovative global marketing; 2) global talent development and foreign business language education; 3) international entrepreneurship; and 4) global sustainability and business ethics.

Consortium of Minority-Serving Institutions and Community Colleges (CMCC)

CMCC is a consortium of nine CIBERs acting as a resource multiplier to support minority serving institutions (MSI) and community college (CC) faculty, administrators and students across the country who aim to develop, expand and strengthen international business education. CMCC funds professional development, scholarly research, curriculum development and program development. Learn more.

Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Consortium

MSI Consortium is a collaborative effort among 10 CIBERS, led by GSU, which supports minority serving institutions (MSIs) with faculty development, study abroad, grant writing and pedagogical resource sharing activities. Learn more.

Key activities of the MSI Consortium include:

  • International Business Pedagogy Workshops: designed to help U.S. business faculty bring international context into the classroom and to expand their classroom knowledge and skills.
  • International Business Webinar Series: targeting an extensive outreach network and addresses topics including pedagogy for teaching international business. Registration is FREE and open to all! 


For more information about the 15 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) that serve as regional and national resources and to see their impact click here.

LMU Center for International Business Education extends its appreciation to the U.S. Department of Education and the Title VI grant for their support.