Strengthening U.S. Competiveness

The International Business Center partners with the greater Pittsburgh business community and government agencies to help U.S. businesses compete better in international markets. We accomplish this by supplying information, sharing research, and bringing together decision makers. For example, we hosted the event Global Venturing Israel: MedTech and Inclusive Innovation, which brought together more than a hundred business leaders, government officials, and academics for a two-day conference.

  • Workshops and Seminars. The IBC joins the area studies centers within the University Center for International Studies for workshops on international topics. The themes vary by workshop. Please visit the News & Events section of this Web site for upcoming dates.
  • Mini Courses: BRICS Today
    Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University collaborate to offer compressed courses, taught by expert faculty, with lectures from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, followed by a research paper. The courses are one-credit hour or three units for CMU students, with about 14 hours of lectures and an expected 30 hours of work for the paper. Registered students are required to complete specified follow-up assignments to receive full credit. The courses focus on countries with emerging economies: Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa.
  • PA Global Compass is an annual publication that provides international news for small-and medium-sized enterprises in Pennsylvania. It is a joint publication of the International Business Center, the Western Pennsylvania District Export Council, the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service's Pittsburgh office.