The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training and research capabilities of universities across the United States.
Seventeen universities designated as centers, as of Oct. 1, 2014, serve as regional and national resources to business students and academicians. Together, the CIBERs form a powerful network focused on improving American competitiveness and providing comprehensive services and programs that help U.S. businesses succeed in the global market.
The CIBER program enables universities to marshal their internationally oriented educational, research and outreach resources in a manner that directly serves to strengthen the international competitiveness of this country. The CIBER program is a unique resource for innovative education, research and business outreach, especially in the areas of export/import, to serve a growing constituency with new multi-disciplinary approaches to meet the challenges of a dynamic international environment.