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April 11, 2006
Contact: Melissa Birch, CIBER, (785) 864-7571.

Department of Education extends funding for KUís CIBER through 2010

LAWRENCE — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Kansas Center for International Business Education and Research new funding for the years 2007-10.

The grant, in the amount of $343,000 for the first year, will support the center’s continuing efforts to strengthen the ability of KU business graduates to compete in the international arena, enhance the skills and international competitiveness of state and area businesses and advance the nation’s knowledge of international business and its ramifications for the United States. The center provides short-term study abroad programs for master’s degree student to India, China, France and Mexico. The funding is worth approximately $1.3 million over the life of the grant.

“Melissa Birch and her colleagues in the CIBER are to be congratulated for this important achievement. KU students and the entire university are benefiting from the increased international opportunities provided through the CIBER, which is an enormous asset for the state and region,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger.

KU business students currently are studying the auto industry in China and will spend two weeks in Wuhan, where they will provide a strategic analysis for Dongfeng Motor Group, China’s third largest automaker. The School of Business provides funding for three faculty members, Dennis Karney, Jill Kleinberg and Birch, who participate through the Global Research Integrative Project.

Last year, business students worked with Cessna Corp. in Wichita and examined the performance of a Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, Emnbraer, anticipating its move into microjets. Faculty members Karney, Kleinberg, Birch and Chris Anderson took part in the project.

Among many other projects, the center provides training for language teachers to strengthen language courses for professionals.


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