An annual international business faculty development seminar series hosted by the University of South Carolina CIBER in Columbia, South Carolina is now in its 28th consecutive year. The week-long seminars—Survey of International Business, International Management, International Negotiations and Marketing, International Financial Management and Global Operations and Supply Chain Management—are designed for faculty who desire to teach or who are already teaching international business courses, providing them with current techniques and expertise to further globalize their business courses. There may be CIBER Scholarships available for these seminars to the first 40 registered participants who request them, usually for $500. Minority Serving Institutions (MS) faculty are also eligible for a larger scholarship stipend, usually $1,000 per participant.
The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) 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. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, 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. The 17 CIBERs serve as regional and national resources to business people, students, and teachers at all levels. This grant program adheres to the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 74-86 and 97-99.[More]
I think the most important thing I learned was that no matter where you go in the world, you can always find great people. There are different ideologies, beliefs, traditions, views and ways of doing things, but there are always good people that you can relate to anywhere. It is fun and challenging to meet new people and learn about them, but the people are by far the most rewarding part of the experience.