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Institute for International Business re-designated as Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)


DENVER (May 6, 2010) – The University of Colorado Denver’s Institute for International Business (IIB) has been re-designated as a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) by the U.S. Department of Education. Awarded competitively every four years to 33 institutions in the U.S., CIBERs are centers of excellence in international business teaching, research, and outreach. This award is from 2010 to 2014 and amounts to more than $1.3 million. UCD is the only CIBER in Colorado and one of two in the Rocky Mountain region.

“The CIBER grant will be instrumental in helping us move forward with our globalization initiatives at UCD,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Roderick Nairn, PhD. “The Institute and CIBER will work closely with various schools and colleges at UCD, most notably, the Business School in implementing more than 40 initiatives aimed at preparing our students to work in and contribute to the U.S. and global economy. Various initiatives will directly serve Colorado and U.S. companies, particularly small and entrepreneurial firms, as they engage in international business.”

Manuel Serapio, PhD, faculty director of the IIB and program director of International Business at the Business School, will serve as CIBER Principal Investigator. He will be assisted by Jana Blakestad, associate director of the IIB. Serapio also has been elected as president of the association of all CIBER schools from 2010 to 2011.


Contact: Jacque Montgomery, 303.928.9093,



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