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Center for
International Business Education & Research

Center for Advancing Global Business

SSE-3356 |  619-594-8599
 [email protected]

SDSU Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

In 2018, SDSU CIBER was designated a national Center of Excellence and is proud to present initatives to link the workforce and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the U.S. The Center is located in Fowler College of Business as part of the Center for Advancing Global Business and collaborates with colleges and universities throughout the world. SDSU CIBER is funded in part through a grant  from the U.S. Department of Education. 



Network Globally


Expand Your Business


Global Research

              Cultural Enrichment



About Us & National CIBER News 

About Us

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 US Department of Education underTitle 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. CIBERs serve as regional and national resources to business people, students, and teachers at all levels.

Each CIBER organizes a variety of activities to advance the study and teaching of international business and to support applied research on United States' competitiveness in the global marketplace.

CIBERs work collaboratively with each other, with other departments and disciplines within their universities, other colleges and universities regionally and nationally, government and trade councils, professional associations and businesses.

National Ciber News 

SDSU CIBER Program Receives $1.26 Million Grant to Advance Global Business

With this designation as a national center of excellence, SDSU CIBER is one of only 15 centers nationwide and one of two located in California. Its activities include providing grants to fund faculty research and opportunities for students to study abroad; outreach and development programs for the business community; training programs for language and business faculty from institutions across the country; and a variety of innovative activities which impact interdisciplinary education in the U.S. and further the CIBER mandate to enhance U.S. business competitiveness worldwide. Click below to visit the national site. 

 National CIBER Site



Upcoming Events

Academy of International Business: U.S. West Chapter

Februrary 28th, 2020: 

All presenters and participants must register to attend the meeting.  Registration includes access to all conference sessions, lunches, and opening reception.


Transforming Business Series- Global Natural Resources:

The Water, Sun, and Food We Share

Friday, April 24th


Complimentary lunch.



Japan 2020 FDIB: Redesigning the Business Perspective

June 7 - 16, 2020 Tokyo, Osaka,  Kyoto, Kobe

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY: Japan, a culture ingrained with a deep sense of reverence for its history and traditions, has also remained at the center of global innovation for the past half century. During this SDSU CIBER organized Faculty Development in International Business Program, we invite you to experience these dual perspectives firsthand. 

Japan 2020 FDIB Registration 


JUN 7 Tokyo

Welcome Reception. 

JUN 8 Tokyo
US Embassy and business visit. Japanese Izakaya dinner.
JUN 9 Tokyo
Business visits. Sumo Demonstration.
JUN 10 Tokyo
Business visit. Cultural tour of Tokyo.
JUN 11 Tokyo - Osaka
Business visit. Depart to Osaka by bullet train.
JUN 12 Osaka
Full day of business visits.
JUN 13 Osaka
Full day tour of ancient capital and notable sites of Kyoto and Nara.
JUN 14 Osaka
Full day tour of Himeji and Kobe.
JUN 15 Osaka
Full day business visits. Dinner with cultural show.
JUN 16 Osaka
Debriefing - end of program.

*please note trip begins in Tokyo and ends in Osaka


Fee Includes:


Early Bird: $3700 (before 1/15/20)

General: $3950 (after 1/16/20)

*based on double occupancy

Single occupancy: add $920

Hotel accommodations

Transfers by private coach

Train ticket from Tokyo-Osaka

Breakfast daily

Some lunches and dinners

English speaking guide

 $500 Deposit:

Early Bird Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020

Final Deadline: Feb. 15, 2020

*please note your space is not held until we receive a $500 deposit along with your registration.


Full Payment: March 3, 2020


San Diego State University CIBER
Tax ID: 95-6042721

Mail to:

Ms. Nancy Nicholson, Senior Project Director
San Diego State University CIBER
5500 Campanile Drive SSE 3356
San Diego, CA 92182-8230


Click for credit card payment

*Must register before using the payment link

Nancy Nicholson: [email protected]
(619) 594-8599

Through a series of dialogues with Japanese business leaders, government officials, and academics you will learn about methods being undertaken in Japan to maintain its competitive advantage in the global marketplace. A greater understanding of the Japanese ethos will be gained during many opportunities for cultural immersion including: a tour of Himeji castle, walking the ancient capital of Kyoto, experiencing local cuisine, and much more. 


Tokyo: New Otani Hotel or similar
Osaka: Hilton Hotel or similar

Services Do Not Include:

  • Meals or any other item not described in the final itinerary
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Early check-in, late check-out.
  • Normal check out time from hotels is 11:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. and check in time is 3:00 p.m.
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks with meals
  • International air to and from Japan
  • Transportation from Osaka to Tokyo*

*Travel from Osaka to Tokyo can be arranged through Asia Getaway for an additional cost.








Cross Border Consulting (CBC) program available for MBA, MSA, MSIS students

Participate on an internationally-focused consulting team with students from CETYS (Mexico), San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and University of San Diego during the spring semester of 2020. This opportunity is available to full-time and part-time MBA, MSA and MSIS students in the final year of their program.

Cross Border Consulting Flyer

Please contact Nancy Nicholson or Zena Yang for additional information: [email protected] or [email protected]

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Accepting Applications September- November 2020. 


CMCC Outreach

The CMCC is actively seeking to support faculty, administrators, and students at  (MSI) and Community Colleges (CC) across the country who aim to develop capabilities that will expand and strengthen international business education at their respective institutions or increase their own expertise in international business education.

Call For Applications

The CMCC is seeking to support institutions and individuals (faculty, administrators, students) at Minority Serving Institutions or Community Colleges across the country who aim to increase expertise in international business education or develop capabilities that will expand and strengthen international business education.

Programmatic Awards

(up to $20,000 each)

Individual Awards

(up to $6,500 each)


Award expenses will be paid directly to the organizing program in which the individual is participating or reimbursed to the awardee after completion of the program or project. If the applicant requires the award up front to pay for travel expenses, the applicant should indicate this in their application. Once the CMCC receives their application, the CMCC will make an informed decision based on the applicant’s need and the requirements of the CMCC.





As a condition of accepting the award, the awardee will be required to complete the following:

  1. Within four weeks of completing said program/experience, submit a two-page impact report to CIBE detailing the experience, skills, and knowledge gained.

  2. Develop deliverable within two months of experience – simulation, case, article, working paper, blog submission, or other learning tool – to be shared within CIBE network, MSI/CC community, and the general public. Deliverable will be agreed upon between individual and CMCC at the time of award notification.


  • Application deadline: Deadline for new applications will be announced soon.

  • Award announcements will be made by May 10, 2019.

  • Impact report of awardee: A month after experience/program is completed.

  • Resources in International Business: Two months after return from experience/program.

To be considered, individuals must submit a completed application, letter of support, and a resume or CV. All application materials should be sent in one e-mail message to CMCC at [email protected].

Global Business Research

As a Center for International Business Education and Research, an important mission for the Institute for International Business is to conduct research designed to strengthen and improve the international aspects of business and professional education, to promote integrated curricula and to promote the international competitiveness of American businesses and firms including those not currently active in international trade.

Grant for International Business Research

San Diego State University's Center for International Business Education and Research (SDSU CIBER) continues to support international business education and research across the entire University community and is pleased to announce its Annual Faculty Grant Program. While SDSU CIBER located at in the Fowler College of Business, it seeks to promote international business education and research throughout the university. The general conditions for the grants are:

  • All tenured, tenure-track, and full-time SDSU faculty are eligible to participate
  • Awards may be used for stipends, travel, graduate assistants, data, and research support (excluding equipment)
  • Proposals are encouraged for any amount up to $10,000
  • Multi-year projects which have an extensive scope are also encouraged
  • All proposals will be reviewed irrespective of the budget
  • CIBER will accept application on a year-round basis
  • Reviews will be completed within 4 weeks after the application is received
  • Applications which do not meet the mandate of CIBER will be returned without review

SDSU CIBER will continue to support its Faculty Award Program by allocating funds for high-quality internationally oriented business, language, culture research. Any topic and pedagogy which address CIBER's objectives will be reviewed. A key component of the award is the promotion of research on international entrepreneurship.

CIBER will use a rigorous selection procedure and a stringent accountability model. Competition for the research awards will be announced to the entire campus community. All proposals will be reviewed, with input from experts on the subject matter within SDSU (where possible). Successful applicants will receive funding through a three-tired approach beginning with: 1) project initiation; 2) an accepted SDSU CIBER working paper; and finally, 3) publication in a journal or scholarly book with an international business theme. 

To support this high quality thematic research strategy, CIBER will sponsor a Faculty Development Initiative for Research. An internal audit indicates that there is significant interest in IB research among SDSU faculty member who are not currently doing so.  CIBER will facilitate the conversion of this interest into reality by sponsoring a forum for faculty award recipients to discuss research projects and demonstrate research design to other interested faculty as well as inviting editors from top IB journal to discuss the process of research and how to publish in their respective publications. Faculty award recipients are expected to participate in these activities which are designed to encourage top-quality thematic publishable research. 

Evaluation Criteria for Faculty Awards

The following criteria will be used to evaluate all proposals:

  1. Relevance of the proposal to the objectives of the CIBER program;

  2. Clarity of writing;

  3. Quality of the method and analytic approach;

  4. Potential for publication in a referred journal (or equivalent).

Guidelines for SDSU CIBER Award Submission

Please submit your proposal to Mark J. Ballam, Managing Director. Email: [email protected]


SDSU Mail Code: 8230, Phone: 619-594-8599

All CIBER award proposals must contain:

  1. an abstract

  2. a budget (CIBER reserves the right to re-negotiate the budget of a successful application);

  3. a timeline; 

  4. a current vita

Research- related funding proposals must also contain:

  1. a brief literature review;

  2. a description of the research methodology;

  3. a proposed publication outlet

Study/Travel funding proposals must also contain:

  1. the goal of the project;

  2. a detailed description of the project

  3. the anticipated benefits to teaching effectiveness (in international business);

  4. a letter of support from the department chair confirming the benefits of the program for teaching effectiveness.