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The UM CIBER is committed to improving the interest in and understanding of international business issues among teachers, faculty and students in South Florida’s high schools and community colleges, as well as national Historically Black Colleges/Universities(HBCUs), and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Our Center offers a number of training, scholarship and other programs to help teachers and faculty gain the knowledge, experience, and resources they need to bring international business instruction into the classroom, to internationalize existing business courses and to develop specialized IB courses throughout their programs.

Innovate: Miami (Back to Top)

Program: The innovate:miami project is a hands-on initiative that challenges innovative high school students and University of Miami graduate students to create a social enterprise aimed at solving a social issue at home or abroad. The students enrolled in the second cohort of innovate:miami participate in a business plan competition for best social enterprise from January to April 2016. 

Mission: To cultivate young social innovators and provide them with the knowledge and experience to change their community for the better.

Participants: High school students enrolled in Breakthrough Miami’s College Bound program and graduate students at the University of Miami who have an interest in social change, business administration, and entrepreneurship. Students must be motivated, organized, and able to work in teams.

Basic Task: Teams of students enroll in a business plan competition to solve a social issue, either local or abroad, by creating a company or organization (either for- or non-profit) that directly benefits a social group or solves a social issue. The social enterprises are then pitched to a committee.

Past Project Examples:

A company that leverages technological resources and provides online tutoring to students who are falling behind academically. The company creates a network of lesson plans (submitted by public school teachers) that students can access as well as extra homework and exercises that they can use to advance their knowledge. They have an app and website which is easily accessible by both students and teachers. In addition, they have a network of college students that will serve as tutors working with high school students either online or in person. Their app will have the ability to lock the user’s phone or tablet when they are in “study mode” and will only make it accessible through answering homework questions specific to their topic of study.

A nonprofit organization that assists teenagers dealing with depression and anxiety. They take advantage of technology (mostly mobile) to give the students access to counselors and resources to deal with depression and anxiety. Students talking about depression and anxiety with their parents or adults is often considered a stigma. This organization looks to bypass this hurdle by making their counseling sessions anonymous and facilitating regional networks of support. They look to partner with public schools and community organizations dealing with depression and stress in their city.

An organization that helps people (mostly immigrants and the elderly) who have fallen behind, or never caught up, on their knowledge of how to use technology. A large number of jobs now require a high level of technological knowledge and thataffects not only the target population but also the capability of the companies that hire them. By educating people on how to usetechnology properly they will improve their quality of life and career prospects as well as the efficacy of the companies they workfor. They are also looking into providing their services to companies that are looking into outsourcing training to employees oncomputer and technological skills.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Program (Back to Top)

Teachers within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) can receive international business training through CIBER’s expansion of the “Adopt the World” and “MiGlobE” initiatives established in 2008 by the University of Miami’s Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program. The CIBER develops two new modules and electronic materials on international business issues each year. The CIBER also distributes the modules via the Internet to all MDCPS social science teachers for use in their classes and sponsors the participation of additional teachers from six magnet schools.

UM School of Education Teacher Development Program (Back to Top)

The UM CIBER delivers an international business module to “Teach for America” volunteers enrolled in the Master of Science in Education and Social Change program at the University of Miami’s School of Education and to members of the School’s Support Network for Novice Teachers. The module it taught by faculty of the School of Education and School of Business Administration. The CIBER awards scholarships to attend the Global Business Forum to the two top performers in this module.

Community College Faculty Development Programs (Back to Top)

The UM CIBER provides funding for two faculty members from Miami Dade College or Xavier University of Louisiana to attend the Michigan State University’s biennial Advanced International Business Institute for Community College Faculty. This unique faculty development program is designed for community college faculty who have previously attended international business faculty development workshops, seminars, or conferences, as well as faculty who bring previous international business experience to their classrooms, and international business program administrators.

The CIBER also provides funding for one faculty member from Miami Dade College to attend the Globalizing Business Schools program organized by the University of Memphis CIBER. This program, a collaboration among CIBERs, the Institute for International Public Policy of the United Negro College Fund, and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, exposes participants to the knowledge, experience, and resources they need to internationalize general business courses and to develop specialized international business courses at their institutions.

The 10th Biennial International Business Institute for Community College Faculty will be hosted by Michigan State University on June 2 - 5, 2013. This will be a unique professional development program designed specifically for community and technical college faculty. The aim of the Institute is to provide participants with the knowledge, experience and resources they need to internationalize general business courses and/or develop specialized international business courses at the two-year college level.

Michigan State University
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
East Lansing, Michigan

May 31- June 3, 2015

UM CIBER will pay for lodging, meals, transportation, and conference materials.

More Information:

UM CIBER: Innovative Services and Interdisciplinary Endeavors to Strengthen US Competitiveness

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