Ranel T. Wijesinha completes business development assignments in the geopolitically sensitive locales of Afghanistan and the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and the Kyrgyz Republic, among others.
Founded in 1989 as a joint venture of the Katz Graduate School of Business and the University Center for International Studies, the International Business Center (IBC) is a unique resource that develops, operates, and supports programs designed to build international competence and expertise in business students, faculty, and practitioners, and helps businesses to enhance their international competitiveness.
The IBC was one of the first five national resource Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), funded by the Department of Education. Today 33 CIBERs operate throughout the United States. The CIBERs were created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. 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 the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country. The 33 Centers serve as regional and national resources to business people, students, and teachers at all levels.
Building on the strengths of their school's faculty and staff, each CIBER organizes a variety of activities to advance the study and teaching of international business and to support applied research on United States' competitiveness in the global marketplace.
CIBERs work collaboratively with each other, with other departments and disciplines within their universities, with other colleges and universities regionally and nationally, with government and trade councils, with professional associations, and with the business community. To learn more about the types of programming and publications the IBC is involved in with the other 32 CIBERs, please visit the CIBER Web site. To learn more about each individual CIBER, please click on their University-affiliated name.