The International Business Center in Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business is delighted to announce that the Center has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Education to continue to operate a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). MSU is the only university in Michigan, one of three in the Big Ten, and one of only 15 universities in the country given this privilege.

As the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU has been a leader in international education and outreach since 1855. With a focus on quality, inclusiveness, and connectivity, Michigan State University has engaged in a strategic and transformative journey to become the model land-grant university for the 21st century. We call our destination world-grant and focus on being locally relevant and globally engaged.

Through grant and matching funds, the $3.3 million project for 2018-2022 is titled “Strategic and Sustainable Value Chains for Increased International Competitiveness.” This value chain perspective provides CIBER with a perfect role within the Broad College of Business and on the Michigan State campus.

“With its cross-campus collaborations involving all corners of MSU’s campus, CIBER fills a tremendously important role in international education and outreach at Michigan State University,” said Steve Hanson, Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs.

MSU’s work agenda for 2018-2022 will build on the CIBER experiences already received by thousands of companies and people since its founding in 1990. Just within the last year, these activities have ranged from 33 business outreach programs involving 3,079 businesspeople to 57 educational programs involving 3,013 faculty, ultimately impacting 176,880 students nationwide.

In particular, Michigan State University’s CIBER has long been recognized as the country’s leader in training of community college faculty to teach international business, and its online resource has been top-ranked on Google for years for “international business resources.”

Throughout its existence, the International Business Center has provided facilitation to more than 15,000 U.S. companies going international (including more than 2,000 Michigan companies); trained more than 1,000 faculty at community colleges across 44 U.S. states (including faculty at 24 of 28 of Michigan’s community colleges); and consistently appeared at the top of research rankings in international business (Journal of International Business Studies).

“Spartans have a global calling to take what they learn at the Broad College of Business – where the International Business Center is housed – and then shepherd it to all corners of the planet, so those lessons can be put into action to build a better world,” said Sanjay Gupta, Eli & Edythe L. Broad Dean, MSU’s Broad College of Business. In that spirit, the 2018-2022 grant cycle of CIBER also coincides perfectly with the Broad College’s implementation of a rigorous “global mindset” requirement for all business undergraduates – among the first for such a large U.S. business school.

“This global calling is exactly why our team of 11 staff and 17 student assistants in the International Business Center works so diligently every day to nurture the global mindset of future generations,” said Tomas Hult, Director and Byington Endowed Chair, International Business Center, and Principal Investigator of the CIBER grant. “We find great satisfaction in being an integral part of the State of Michigan’s international trade team and the country’s quest to maintain its worldwide leadership in global business,” continued Hult.

The CIBER grant coupled with the International Business Center’s contract with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, State of Michigan, and the Joint Partnership Agreement with the US Department of Commerce, as well as involvement with the US District Export Councils, provide a comprehensive platform to serve US and Michigan companies and constituencies.

As captured by Tomas Hult: “The value of trade across borders has grown faster than the growth in the cumulative production (GDP) of all countries for more than half a century… the globe has become structured as a dynamic, ever-evolving and increasingly efficient complex web of supply chains.” MSU’s CIBER project captures and addresses the country’s need perfectly with its 2018-2022 focus on “Strategic and Sustainable Value Chains for Increased International Competitiveness.”


More information about the International Business Center, its team, and activities can be found at, or by contacting Dr. Tomas Hult (517-353-4336,

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