Title VI of the Higher Education Act
Part B - Business and International Education Programs
Findings and Purposes
(a) The Congress finds that-
- the future economic welfare of the United States will depend substantially on increasing international skills in the business community and creating an awareness among the American public of the internationalization of our economy;
- concerted efforts are necessary to engage business schools, language and area study programs, public and private sector organizations, and United States business in a mutually productive relationship which benefits the Nation's future economic interest;
- few linkages presently exist between the manpower and information needs of United States business and the international education, language training and research capacities of institutions of higher education in the United States, and public and private organizations; and
- organizations such as world trade councils, world trade clubs, chambers of commerce and State departments of commerce are not adequately used to link universities and business for joint venture exploration and program development.
(b) It is the purpose of this part-
- to enhance the broad objective of this Act by increasing and promoting the Nation's capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise through the provision of suitable international education and training for business personnel in various stages of professional development; and
- to promote institutional and non-institutional educational and training activities that will contribute to the ability of United States business to prosper in an international economy.
Sec.612. CENTERS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EDUCATION.
(a) PROGRAMS AUTHORIZED.-
- (1) IN GENERAL -- The Secretary is authorized to make grants to institutions of higher education, or combinations of such institutions, to pay the Federal share of the cost of planning, establishing, and operating centers for international business education which-
- (A) will be national resources for the teaching of improved business techniques, strategies, and methodologies which emphasize the international context in which business is transacted;
- (B) will provide instruction in critical foreign languages and international fields needed to provide understanding of the cultures and customs of United States trading partners; and
- (C) will provide research and training in the international aspects of trade commerce, and other fields of study.
- (2) SPECIAL RULE -- In addition to providing training to students enrolled in the institution of higher education in which a center is located, such centers shall serve as regional resources to businesses prozimately located by offering programs and providing research designed to meet the international training needs of such businesses. Such centers shall also serve other faculty, students, and institutions of higher education located within their region.
(b) AUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES.- Each grant under this section may be used to pay the Federal share of the cost of planning, establishing, or operating a center, including the cost of-
- faculty and staff travel in foreign areas, regions, or countries;
- teaching and research materials;
- curriculum planning and development;
- bringing visitor scholars and faculty to the center to teach or to conduct research; and
- training and improvement of the staff, for there purpose of, and subject to such conditions as the Secretary finds necessary for, carrying out the objectives of this section.
(c) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.-
- (1) MANDATORY ACTIVITIES.- Program and activities to be conducted by centers assisted under this section shall include-
- (A) interdisciplinary programs which incorporate foreign language and international studies training into business, finance, management communications systems, and other professional training for foreign language and international studies training into business, finance, management, communications systems, and other professional curricula;
- (B) interdisciplinary programs which provide business, finance, management communications systems, and other professional training for foreign language and international studies faculty and advance degree candidates;
- (C) evening or summer programs, such as intensive language programs, available to members of the business community and other professionals which are designed to develop or enhance their international skills, awareness, and expertise;
- (D) collaborative programs, activities, or research involving other institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, professional associations, businesses, firms, or combinations thereof, to promote the development of international skills, awareness, and expertise among current and prospective members of the business community and other professionals;
- (E) research designed to strengthen and improve the international aspects of business and professional education and to promote integrated curricula; and
- (F) research designed to promote the international competitiveness of American businesses and firms, including those no currently active in international trade.
U.S. Department of Education International Education Programs Service