By Chris Casey | University Communications
DENVER - Forces shaping international business education -- disruptive technologies, innovative pedagogy and transformational global changes -- were key topics of the Western Region Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) meeting.
The Oct. 17-19 conference, hosted by CU Denver, drew 105 faculty from 53 institutions in 15 states and Mexico.
This year is a benchmark for CU Denver's Institute for International Business (IIB) and CIBER. It is the 25th anniversary of IIB and 20 years since our institution was designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a CIBER -- the only one in Colorado and one of 33 nationally.
"The CIBER is one of the national resource centers of excellence we have in the Business School," said Manuel Serapio, Ph.D., associate professor of international business and management and CIBER faculty director. "It's quite a prestigious designation."
On Friday, Provost Rod Nairn welcomed the group and highlighted several of the international initiatives that demonstrate CU Denver's commitment to global education. They include:
Nairn noted that all of CU Denver's undergraduate students are required to take an International Perspectives course to enhance their knowledge and workings of a global world. "Looking to the future, the CIBER is committed to broadening the reach of its programs and in promoting institutional collaboration, particularly with community colleges and minority serving institutions," he said.
Serapio said discussion topics at the meeting, held every two years, included social entrepreneurship, ways technology is shaping international business and international business education, and issues of sustainability in international business.
"The overall goal is to have a forum where we can talk about key developments that will enhance our programs and courses," he said.
Madhavan Parthasarathy, Ph.D., director of the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, noted that the center sponsored two faculty from Montana State University, a partner institution to the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, to attend the CIBER conference.
"Manuel and I are going to be doing a lot of work together," Parthasarathy said.
The CIBER's other regular conference is through the Rocky Mountain CIBER Network, which is a network of 43 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the Rocky Mountain region.
(Photo: Vincent Matthews, former state geologist and director, Colorado Geological Survey, addresses the Western Region CIBER meeting at CU Denver on Oct. 18.)