The University of Miami CIBER was established in 2010 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The UM CIBER is one of 33 such centers created by Congress under 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.
VisionThe UM CIBER serves as an important gateway for business and government leaders, citizens, students and faculty to develop and strengthen their international competencies - particularly in the service sector - to create new initiatives that will enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S. During its first funding cycle, the center has prioritized four international service sub-sectors including health care, financial reporting, infrastructure development, and environmental sustainability.
The UM CIBER’s vision is to achieve four key objectives through dozens of programs carried about by some 60 University of Miami faculty members. These are:
- Enhance International Competitiveness in Services. Within the four service areas noted above, the center carries out eight integrated and interdisciplinary programs of research, education, and outreach. These include annual academic conferences, such as the University of Miami Global Business Forum in January 2011.
- Build a World-Class International Business Scholar Community. The CIBER support efforts to expand the international business knowledge of faculty through 14 faculty development programs that include research, academic conferences and field-study development trips.
- Develop an Experienced, Globally-Minded Student Community. The CIBER sponsors nearly a dozen new language/culture and international business programs to enhance student competencies in less-commonly-taught languages and to enhance their international business knowledge. These include for-credit international field-study trips. Students can also participate in other experiential international business programs and extra-curricular activities.
- Drive Interest in International Business Among Educators and Students. The UM CIBER delivers five global perspectives programs for teachers in public schools and colleges nationwide to improve interest in and understanding of international business. More than half of the students targeted by these programs are minority students.
UM CIBER: Innovative Services and Interdisciplinary Endeavors to Strengthen US Competitiveness