About the University of Minnesota CIBER

The University of Minnesota was awarded a $1.5 million Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to establish a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Carlson School to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. As part of a network of centers at higher-education institutions nationwide, CIBER serves business people, students, and educators at all levels.

Themes and Activities in 2010-2014


  • Emerging markets
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Less-commonly taught languages, such as Chinese and Portuguese


  • Learning opportunities for regional businesses, especially in key industries for our region
  • Professional development opportunities in international business for faculty
  • International education experiences for business students
  • Support for business-focused language and culture courses
  • Support for research on sustainability, emerging markets, and other interdisciplinary international business topics

History of the CIBER Network

Created by Congress in 1988 and 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 international education, language training and research capacities of universities across the country. For more information, visit

Michael Houston"Business outreach and collaboration with companies on international issues have long been a hallmark of the Carlson School of Management. CIBER builds on and leverages what we're already doing to further benefit companies, educational institutions, and other units within the University."

Michael Houston
Academic Director, CIBER
Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, Ecolab-Pierson M. Grieve Chair in International Marketing