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Michigan State University receives $1.6 million CIBER grant

Publish Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Michigan State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (MSU-CIBER) in the Eli Broad College of Business had its multi-year CIBER grant renewed in May 2010. MSU-CIBER was tied with two other universities for the top award in this year’s competition of the nation’s elite universities.

The CIBER program was created by the U.S. Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. The CIBER network of 33 institutions (including eight from the Big Ten conference) links the human capital and technological needs of the U.S. business community with the international education, language training, and research capacities of top universities across the country.

The award is a minimum of $1.596 million from the U.S. Department of Education with a significant match from MSU’s Provost Office, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Office, and the Broad School’s Dean’s Office. The award period is from October 2010 to September 2014.

According to Professor Tomas Hult, Director of MSU-CIBER and Principal Investigator on the CIBER grant, “the infusion of CIBER funds allows the university to continue its outreach and research to help Michigan businesses become more competitive internationally.” Hult continued, “while MSU-CIBER is a comprehensive, full-service center, we will place a particular emphasis on global sustainability, exporting, technology, and community college programs in the new grant period. We take great pride in MSU having one of the nation’s top five campuses for sustainability and we see it as a great strength to carry this sustainability mission into our international business outreach and research.”

More information about the Global Initiatives of the Broad College of Business can be found at, and specific information about MSU-CIBER can be found at

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The Broad College of Business has a world-leading international business research faculty (Management International Review, 2004) and editorial influence in international business (Journal of International Business Studies, 2005). MSU has produced the 6th most Ph.D.s in business since 1960 (METF, 2003), and its doctoral students rank #5 in the world in total citations (Academic Assessment Services, 2004).

Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research and outreach for more than 150 years. MSU is known internationally as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Its 17 degree-granting colleges attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving.