To effectively deliver each of these programs, UW CIBER has taken three steps: reorganized to consolidate all global programs under one umbrella organization; developed detailed management and evaluation plans for all programs; and secured commitments from numerous faculty across the Business School to help manage individual programs. We also have a well-qualified CIBER management team comprised of faculty and staff that is committed to the goals and success of each program. Beyond our internal human resources, we are leveraging the international and operational resources of the Business School and the entire University through strategic partnering to support our programs and ensure their cost-effectiveness.
Program Significance & Design
UW CIBER programs are designed to have significant national impact, a high magnitude of outcomes, and to produce high quality products with a range of applications. As a result of UW CIBER, each year more than 100 business students have an overseas experience, more than 200 students graduate with international business training, almost 1,000 business people participate, and faculty research and development programs affect over 21,000 students. All of our programs were developed to: present unique learning opportunities with multiple dimensions; meet the needs of our constituents; provide support for ongoing faculty research; leverage resources; and achieve measurable and lasting outcomes. Specific program examples are provided in the narrative text.
With the knowledge, cooperation and support that UW CIBER has acquired both internally and externally since its inception, and in the development of this proposal, we are confident that we can deliver exceptional programs that fulfill the federal legislative purposes and help meet the needs of the Pacific Northwest and the nation for international business expertise. We would welcome the opportunity to build on our past strengths in taking the CIBER program into the future.
School of Business
The Wisconsin CIBER has developed a reputation for excellence and innovation in several areas-including curriculum development, experimentation with technology-based delivery systems, collaboration with area studies, and outreach to community colleges and to other University of Wisconsin System campuses. Many of these new initiatives have been recognized as innovative by invitations to present at national and international conferences. This proposal requests additional funding for the CIBER at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which has been in operation since 1998. We propose a broad set of innovative activities that build on the exceptional strengths of the Wisconsin CIBER, the School of Business, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The proposed activities leverage the University’s exceptional and internationally renowned strengths in area studies, language programs, technology transfer, and biotechnology. Strategic partners include:
Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) - WAGE activities seek to ensure that UW-Madison students are well trained for careers in the highest ranks of the professions that serve business and government and to form linkages between private business and the UW-Madison campus.
European Studies Alliance (ESA) – The ESA provides an unparalleled resource for the Wisconsin CIBER and will be a major partner in curriculum, research, and outreach. It is an outgrowth of some of the most prestigious and most competitive funding awards in the field of European Studies.
The International Institute – The institute brings together fourteen programs, including eight federally funded National Resource Centers (NRCs), other area studies programs and “topical” programs focusing on global studies, comparative cultures, and international relations.
Focus of the Wisconsin CIBER
The following themes define the major areas of emphasis of the Wisconsin CIBER:
Supporting innovative and cooperative ways of teaching international business issues.
Influencing the teaching and research agendas of business, area studies and language faculty and graduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin System, and technical colleges in the Upper Midwest in support of international business education.
Expanding the portfolio of available international educational opportunities for business and non-business students.
Supporting research and discourse on issues related to the cooperation and interaction of business, government, and education in international business, especially as it relates to international finance and regulation.
Focusing the resources of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on improving the international competitiveness of businesses in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest by promoting a dialogue on the broad theme of creating an economic development platform to support Wisconsin’s competitiveness in a global economy, and specifically to address international trade and investment issues related to biotechnology.
A summary of our proposed activities organized by the programmatic requirements follows:
(i) Interdisciplinary programs which incorporate foreign language and international studies training into business, finance, management, communications systems, and other professional curricula.
1. Innovation in integrating international issues into the business curriculum
Foreign Language Across the Curriculum - We will introduce foreign language discussion sections in French and Spanish for selected business courses.
Digitized Library Resources - This initiative will make international business data available to students and faculty via the World Wide Web.
Technology Initiatives – CIBER will expand international business curriculum options by collaborating with overseas partner schools in various technology initiatives.
Biotechnology Related Internships and Projects - CIBER will expand its internship programs in order to train students in international business practices as they relate to the biotechnology industry.
International Biotechnology Business Plan Competition - CIBER funding will be used to develop and host this competition, which is intended to stimulate interest in global opportunities in biotechnology.
Expanded Study Abroad - CIBER will expand its study-abroad program by adding three additional partner universities overseas and by developing five or more new short study-abroad programs.
Study Abroad Administrators Forum – CIBER will establish a national affinity group of administrators of business school study abroad programs. The group will meet annually to share best practices and leverage resources in working with our common overseas partners on issues such as grading practices, housing, course offerings, and safety and security.
Career Connections International Month - We will establish a Career Connections International Month as an annual event to provide students campus-wide with a series of activities geared toward identifying international experiences and careers with a global focus.
Doctoral Education - CIBER will take an active leadership role in the Internationalizing Doctoral Education in Business (IDEB) workshops, will be aggressive in funding doctoral student research, speakers at research workshops, presentations at conferences, and access to data.
3. Developing a National Resource in International Finance
Faculty and Curriculum Support - CIBER will nurture development of the interdisciplinary agenda of the recent cluster faculty in international finance, as well as other faculty working in the area.
Support Programs in International Finance - CIBER funding will be used to support the Applied Corporate Finance Program (ACFIN) and the Applied Securities Analysis Program (ASAP) at UW-Madison.
4. Other Activities that Incorporate Foreign Language and International Studies Training into Professional Curricula
Activities include funding faculty participation in Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) Programs, developing faculty exchanges with partner schools abroad, expanding business language course offerings, and supporting faculty internships with multinational corporations.
(ii) Interdisciplinary programs which provide business, finance, management, communications systems, and other professional training for foreign language and international studies faculty and advanced degree candidates.
1. Collaboration with language programs
Professional French Masters Program (PFMP) – CIBER will support the PFMP, a new interdisciplinary initiative combining advanced proficiency in French language and culture with a strong foundation in an area of professional concentration such as business.
Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) – The Wisconsin CIBER will utilize graduate students from area studies and foreign languages to introduce foreign language discussion sections in French and Spanish for selected business courses.
Faculty Development for Foreign Language Faculty – We will send foreign language faculty and graduate students to appropriate conferences on business and management issues, such as Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) seminars sponsored by other CIBERs.
2. Collaboration with other international studies programs
International Public Affairs - We will assist the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs with its new MA program in International Public Affairs by helping to attract and retain students, supporting curriculum development, and by funding faculty research.
Law School - CIBER will work closely with the Law School to sponsor research, speakers, conferences, and outreach on issues related to international business.
3. Building on Area Studies Expertise
Creating a de facto national resource center on European business – CIBER will support the activities of the Center for European Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, the European Union Center, and the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies.
African Studies Collaboration – A consortium of CIBERs and Title VI-funded African Studies Programs will partner with the United Negro College Fund’s Institute for International Public Policy and a target group of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to promote greater internationalization among the nation’s HBCUs via a portfolio of international academic outreach programs.
Research and Teaching Grants - The Wisconsin CIBER will award research and teaching grants to faculty and graduate students across the campus in support of specific research projects related to international business, foreign languages, and area studies.
4. Institute for Global Studies (IGS)
The Wisconsin CIBER will co-sponsor the annual IGS. This conference brings together faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines along with prominent international scholars, and prominent speakers from business and government in order to address salient issues relating to globalization and higher education.
(iii) Evening and 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.
1. International Biotechnology Outreach
The Wisconsin CIBER will design and deliver programs that will develop and enhance the international skills, awareness, and expertise of those working in the biotechnology sector.
2. Executive Speakers
In collaboration with our academic, business, and government partners, the Wisconsin CIBER will supplement the existing School of Business CEO Speaker Series by sponsoring visits of senior executives from multinational companies, service firms, transnational organizations, and government officials.
3. Leveraging our alumni base for business opportunities
The Europe 2003 Conference, to be held in Oslo, Norway, will provide a forum for academic, business, and government leaders from Wisconsin and Europe to explore opportunities overseas and to leverage the network of contacts provided by the University’s international alumni.
4. Online delivery of business languages
CIBER will offer on-line courses in Business French, German, and Spanish to the business community.
(iv) Collaborative programs, activities, or research involving other institutions of higher education, local education 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.
1. Export Promotion
The Wisconsin CIBER will work with agencies of the state government, in particular the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, to determine how the university and state government can enhance its partnership to increase in export promotion. In addition, we will sponsor benchmarking studies of “best practices” to determine how this kind of partnership has worked in other states.
2. Support of Technical Colleges and K-12 Educators
The Wisconsin CIBER will co-sponsor the International Business Institute for Technical and Community College Faculty hosted by the Michigan State University CIBER, will sponsor the attendance of five technical faculty from the region to attend the program, and will provide teaching improvement grants to technical college faculty in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.
In cooperation with the Wisconsin Council on Economic Education, a private, non-profit organization, we will offer grants to economics teachers across the Upper Midwest to add international content and teaching materials to the curriculum. We will also provide scholarships to teachers to allow them to participate in overseas study tours.
3. Collaboration with other CIBERs and BIE schools
We will continue to be active in working with other CIBERs and BIE (Business and International Education) schools on research and curriculum projects in areas such as biotechnology, international finance, and digitized library resources.
4. PACIBER membership
The Wisconsin CIBER has submitted a proposal requesting admission to the 28-member Pacific Asian CIBER Consortium for International Business Education and Research (PACIBER) during round two of CIBER funding.
(v) Research designed to strengthen and improve the international aspects of business and professional education and to promote integrated curricula.
1. Research Support
The Wisconsin CIBER will award grants to faculty in business schools, area studies programs, language departments, law schools, and various other departments on UW-Madison and other campuses of the UW System. We will also seek to leverage these awards by organizing on-campus Global Research and Teaching Roundtables. Faculty members and Ph.D. students statewide who are awarded a CIBER grant will be invited to participate in these semi-annual roundtables.
2. Sabbatical Support
CIBER funds will be used as an incentive for sabbatical applicants to pursue international topics. Recipients will be required to submit a written report of sabbatical activities and to participate in the Global Research Roundtables.
3. Research Conferences
CIBER sponsors and co-sponsors numerous conferences annually. Topics of future conferences will include the development of state and regional platforms to support knowledge-based industries, international finance, and global issues in biotechnology.
(vi) Research designed to strengthen and improve the international aspects of businesses and firms, including those not currently active in international trade.
1. Regional Platforms
A notable feature in the development of the global economy has been the persistence of what can be called regional platforms – deep and complex networks of expertise relating to a given business or industry. A key new initiative in the second round of funding will be a long-term study of regional competitiveness.
2. Extension of survey research
In the first round of funding the Wisconsin CIBER co-sponsored a survey that attempted to identify the levels of internationalization, and perceived motivations and barriers to the internationalization of Wisconsin firms. In the second round of funding, we will sponsor a follow-up research study to extend the above study to Iowa and Minnesota, in addition to Wisconsin.
3. Market Research for Firms
CIBER will sponsor student teams that consult with local businesses on internationally oriented projects. A particular target area for expansion in the second round will be the University Research Park, in order to help biotechnology firms with exploring international opportunities.
4. Outreach Needs of Biotech Firms
The Wisconsin CIBER will provide outreach seminars to update start-up companies on developments in a specific country or region, as well as a "How To" breakfast series for the business community on topics such as locating distributors, writing contracts, and legal issues.
International Education and Graduate Programs Service
U.S. Department of Education
Washington, D.C. 20202-5331
1990 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-8521
Susanna C. Easton, Program Administrator