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UNC CIBER Expands Global Offerings, Changes Name

September 17, 2013
Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC Kenan-Flagler students, faculty, and staff gain access to a significantly expanded menu of global commerce, education and research opportunities this year thanks to a major new grant and new strategic role for the school’s Center for International Business Education and Research.

The center has changed its name to the Global Business Center to reflect its expanded role and programming. Among its new initiatives are a $249,000 U.S. Department of State-funded collaboration with global innovators in India and a range of new student initiatives.

“CIBER has played a key role in advancing UNC Kenan-Flagler’s global capacity and research for many years,” said Interim Dean John P. “Jack” Evans. “With this new funding and focus, the Global Business Center can take that work to the next strategic level. We look to the center’s leadership to broaden and deepen our relationships with key international partners, strengthen the global capacity of our students, faculty and staff, and help our business partners become more globally competitive.”

The GBC will continue managing the university’s CIBER grant program. UNC is one of 33 such U.S. Department of Education-funded centers located in research universities across the country that serve as regional and national resources to improve the global competitiveness of U.S. business people, students and educators.

It will also launch the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, a grant-funded project of the U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-India Educational Foundation to build partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions of higher education that encourage mutual understanding, educational reform and economic growth and to develop junior faculty.

UNC Kenan-Flagler will partner with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in India, one of the countries targeted for development by UNC Kenan-Flagler. GBC will build on relationships begun by Faculty Director Jayashankar Swaminathan, GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor of Operations at UNC Kenan-Flagler, who also serves as associate dean of OneMBA and the UNC-Tsinghua EMBA Programs. The grant program opens the door for development of a variety of new research, education and professional development programs for faculty, staff and students.

For more information about GBC and its new programs and business partnership opportunities, contact GBC Executive Director Julia Kruse, 919.962.4929 or or visit

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