At the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration and the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, global engagement always has been a key attribute of business education at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The International Business Center (IBC) continues to be a key link connecting our students, the businesses that recruit our students, alumni, and faculty to the world of international business. As the needs of the world around us and our stakeholders change, IBC continues to evolve.
During the last 25 years, funding through the U.S. Department of Education’s Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) grant program has supported IBC in its endeavor to internationalize business education and to help U.S. companies to become more competitive globally. The IBC is proud to have been an original CIBER member and of the programs and initiatives it has created that still thrive today. Even though the IBC is no longer a CIBER institution, we at the IBC are excited about the activities and programs we are planning for this next year and beyond.
Since its creation, the IBC has created or helped to create numerous programs and initiatives for students, faculty, the business community, and regional and national stakeholders. Many of the programs became self-sustaining and have become an important component of the Pitt Business community:
- Plus3: short-term study abroad program for business and engineering students
- International Internship Program: summer internships with an academic component for business students
- Global Academic Partnership: interdisciplinary grants
- International consulting courses
- Certificate Program in International Business (undergraduate)
- Global management major (undergraduate)
- Master of International Business degree
- Certificate in Global Management Certificate
- Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Prague and EMBA São Paulo programs
- Eleven IBC-run Faculty Development in International Business (FDIB) programs in Eastern, central, and Western Europe since 2003
- Cosponsorship of more than 16 FDIB programs in China and Africa
- Global Research Practicum: short-term study abroad program for MBA and professional students
- Language classes for MBA students
- International marketing competition (high school)
- Numerous exchange agreements and programs
- PA Global Compass newsletter for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Pennsylvania
- Various courses that were developed with IBC funding
- Numerous seed grants to faculty members
- Numerous grants to doctoral students
- Numerous study abroad scholarships
- CIBER Global Business Project consortium
- Numerous CIBER collaborations for business language
- Numerous CIBER collaborations on short-term study abroad
- Numerous CIBER outreach collaborations for Minority-Serving Institutions
The IBC will continue to serve students, businesses, alumni, and faculty. Globalism is an important strategic thrust for Pitt Business and the IBC will continue to develop and help to launch student-focused programs designed to prepare them for a global workplace. We will concentrate our focus on our students and core stakeholders. In this sense, the best way for IBC to add value is to function as a force multiplier, to help project the strengths of the school onto the world stage.
The IBC is working on several promising initiatives at the intersection of globalism and experience-based learning. One initiative is to add a global dimension to the Katz School’s highly successful Consulting Field Projects by making it easier for students and clients to increase the global content of the projects, including international travel for primary data collection. Increasing the proportion of our students who participate in some international activity is a key priority for us so that global exposure becomes an integral part of the Pitt business degree.
We have initiated a global competence assessment program for all incoming MBA students. The goal is for students to maximize their international competence while they are at Katz and thus enhance their demonstrated value to the businesses that recruit our students. In addition, IBC can play a valuable role in projecting faculty expertise in international business to our vast alumni network (23,000 alumni in 90 countries) and to the many businesses that recruit our students.
Stay tuned as these exciting initiatives come to fruition in the months ahead.