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About CIBER-UTexas

The University of Texas at Austin's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER-UTexas) was established in 1990 with a grant from the United States Department of Education. Originally a group of 25, the CIBER network was increased to 34 business schools.  As of 2014 the network now comprises 17 business schools.  The CIBER grants run for four-year periods, following which the individual schools must compete again for subsequent four-year periods. CIBER-UTexas has successfully competed for these grants in 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Welcome to the UT CIBER

Assistant Director Deirdre MendezWe are the McCombs School’s “window on the world,” dedicated to globalizing business education. As one of 34 CIBERs funded by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as national resource centers for international business education, our mandate is to enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses.

Among CIBER’s many successes, we are especially proud of the international business-school network we have established for our faculty and students. Through membership in the prestigious Partnership in International Management (PIM) consortium, and with bilateral agreements ranging from Singapore to São Paulo, these programs help our future business professionals see the world and its business opportunities through the eyes of those from another culture. We send our students to study abroad and bring students from abroad to study with them here in Austin.

In addition to partnerships in Europe, Asia, and Australia, CIBER is active in helping the McCombs School nurture its deep ties to LatinCIBER Director Dr. David Platt America., through student exchange and language training, scholarly interaction, doctoral education, and faculty exchanges. Most recently, CIBER has developed new partnerships and programs in Asia and Africa.

CIBER receives substantial support for this work from the administration of the McCombs School. We also work closely with other organizations at UT Austin. These include our four Title VI Area Studies National Resource Centers, several other excellent Area Studies Centers, and faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. We collaborate with the College of Liberal Arts to bring business knowledge to language students and language knowledge to business students, and host a cross-disciplinary graduate forum that attracts students from other colleges across campus. We also develop exchange programs for McCombs students, fund international study scholarships, and design international courses, study tours and seminars.

We hope you find this site helpful, and look forward to seeing you at a CIBER event!

Dr. David Platt                       Dr. Deirdre Mendez
CIBER Faculty Director          CIBER Director

What is CIBER-UTexas

The Center for International Business Education (CIBE) program was initiated by the U.S. Congress with the goal of enhancing the United States' competitiveness in global markets by encouraging greater international business education at higher education institutions across the U.S.  Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the CIBE program provided funding to establish national resource centers for international business educations through a competitive grant program.  CIBE grant recipients were tasked with creating international business related programing within their universities, providing models and support for other universities to do the same, and offering competitiveness-building globally-focused education for U.S. business.  Because research was expected to be an important component of CIBE funding, the new centers became known as CIBERs: Centers for International Business Education and Research. 

Since its initial funding in 1990, the CIBER at The University of Texas at Austin (CIBER-UTexas) has met the purposes of the CIBE program by initiating ever-evolving initiatives designed to respond to the changing needs among U.S. colleges, universities and U.S. business for innovative responses to challenges in global business and business education.

CIBER-UTexas has contributed to the McCombs School's internationalization efforts in many ways.  One of the center's major achievements is the development of internationalization infrastructure in the form of the McCombs Global Network, a group of more than 40 of the world's top business schools (see list in tab "Partner Universities") located throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia, with whom the McCombs School has developed cooperative relations in various international ventures.  The most common for of collaboration is student exchange, but various other collaborative programs are jointly offered Executive MBA programs, course offerings in overseas locations, PhD program cooperation and faculty exchange.  To date, CIBER-UTexas has provided opportunities for thousands of UT students to gain international education and work experience.  Additionally the network has allowed more than 50 UT business faculty members to obtain international teaching experience, resulting in increased faculty international research productivity.

Within The University of Texas, CIBER-UTexas works collaboratively with the many outstanding area studies Centers on common initiatives.  UT Austin is home to some of the most noted international centers of expertise in the nation, including the European Studies Center, the European Union Center, the Center for Russian, Eurasian and Central and Eastern European Studies Center, the Center for Asian Studies and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS).  Being able to tap the extensive knowledge resources, faculty, and staff of these Centers has significantly enhanced CIBER-UTexas' ability to meet the goals set for the CIBE initiative.

An area of high priority in the CIBE grant program, and one in which CIBER-UTexas has particularly accomplished, is in developing mechanisms to incorporate foreign languages and area studies into business education and creating tools to assist other educators and business professionals to teach and learn business language.  Another area of distinction for CIBER-UTexas has been the creation of systematic tools for cultural analysis.  The Cultural Analysis Toolkit and related programming provides an efficient method whereby students and business professionals can assess the cultural environment of business in a given world region and tailor their personal, professional, and business responses for more effective cross-cultural interaction.  CIBER-UTexas continues to provide the Toolkit along with associated training to a wide set of students, educators, and business practitioners.

As 'National Resource Centers', CIBERs conduct outreach programs to businesses and academic institutions throughout the country.  CIBER-UTexas has worked collaboratively with numerous educational institutions, business associations, and local, regional and national governmental agencies to enhance the international expertise of the region's businesses.  CIBER-UTexas' academic outreach programs take may forms, including those designed for regional K-12 schools on international education, supporting programs that facilitate the internationalization of faculty in other educational institutions, and disseminating innovative curricula and teaching tools to schools across the nation. 

The center’s legacy can be seen clearly throughout the McCombs School where education has become more global in focus, new internationally-oriented classes are offered, faculty research has a more global dimension, and significantly more UT business students receive international experience.  Because CIBER-UTexas is a well-established partner with local businesses and business organizations, the center has been able to have a material impact on the local business climate.  Moreover, the many national initiatives where CIBER-UTexas has collaborated with other CIBERs and educational institutions has supported international business education on a national scale.

As business has become global, so has business education, and CIBER-UTexas has been a key player in the internationalization of business education, not only at the McCombs School and The University of Texas, but across the nation.  Truly, the center’s efforts have helped “bring  business schools to the world, and the world to business schools.”

CIBER Advisory Board 2014

University of Texas at Austin
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

Raymond J. Brimble (Chairman)

President and CEO
The Lynxs Group

Linda V. Gerber

CIBER Director
Sr. Lecturer in Marketing
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin

Charles R. Hale

Director, Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies
Professor of Anthropology
The University of Texas at Austin

Orlando R. Kelm

Assoc. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
CIBER Associate Director, Business Language Education
The University of Texas at Austin


Deirdre Mendez (ex officio)

CIBER Associate Director, Cultural Programs
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin

Amir M. Mirabi (Governor Appointee)

Small Business Advocate
Office of the Govenor
State of Texas


David E. Platt

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin



Meet the Staff

Deirdre MendezDirector

Deirdre Mendez came to CIBER after 20 years of consulting American companies on international business strategies. She has led business delegations to Europe and Japan, and has spoken at international business and economic development conferences across the United States and abroad. In Austin, she has served on international boards and committees, and has been an advocate of creating international ties for Austin and Texas. Mendez has also published written works on Austin’s technopolis development. Mendez teaches international team-building in CIBER’s BBA Global Summer Business Program and the McCombs’s Executive Education program. Her area of interest includes developing experiential training for students and business executives in order for them to overcome cultural barriers and foster successful interaction.  

David Platt

Faculty Director

David Platt earned his Bachelor's in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, his Master's in marketing from Syracuse University, and his Ph.D. in accounting from Cornell University. After working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Raymond Corporation, he joined the McCombs School of Business in 1996. He has taught in the BBA and MPA programs and received teaching awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Platt is currently teaching in the MBA and executive programs for McCombs in Austin, Houston, and Mexico City. Since September 2012 Dr. Platt is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the McCombs School of Business.

Dr. Platt served as the director for the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the University of Texas at Austin until May 2012. He continues to be involved in CIBER as the faculty director. He has previously served as chairman of the Partnership in International Management, a consortium of top graduate business schools across 35 countries. Platt has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Paris and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. His primary teaching and publication interests are in organizational performance management and in measuring goods and services costs.

Orlando KelmAssociate Director

Orlando R. Kelm holds degrees from Brigham Young University and UC Berkeley. His professional interests include the teaching of foreign language and culture for professional purposes, with a focus on Latin America. Kelm also actively utilizes innovative technologies in the development of pedagogical materialsKelm is involved in both study abroad and MBA study tours, including teaching and leading groups to Venezuela, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and China. His latest publication entitled "When We Are the Foreigners: What Chinese Think about Working with Americans," was released in 2011 (co-authored John N. Doggett & Haiping Tang).

Sabine Wimmer

Administrative Associate

Sabine Wimmer is the office manager for CIBER and the network coordinator of the Partnership of International Management. Wimmer said she enjoys assisting the CIBER staff with their various projects, in particular, working with students in preparation for their study abroad experience.

Originally from Vienna, Austria, Wimmer said she feels right at home in the international environment of CIBER and McCombs. She is a graduate of the MPA Program of the McCombs School of Business and worked as an auditor at KPMG. She spent five years in France teaching Business in German and English to professionals at the university level. Before attending The University of Texas at Austin, Sabine worked for German, French and British companies in various export positions. 

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The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the U.S. Thirty-one universities were designated as centers that serve as regional and national resources to business, students, and academics. Together, the CIBERs form a powerful network focused on improving American competitiveness and providing comprehensive service and programs that help U.S. business succeed in global markets. 


The mission of the CIBERs is the enhancement of U.S. global competitiveness. The three main goals of the CIBERs are:

  • The internationalization of U.S. business education
  • Integration of international non-business disciplines (e.g., language) into business education
  • Development of a partnership with the regional international business community to contribute to each other’s internationalization efforts


The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) are authorized under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965. They are funded through an appropriation in the annual U.S. federal budget, and funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Each CIBER school matches federal funding annually and in most cases support is provided by the school in an amount that far exceeds the federal award. Funds received, both federal and matching, are applied in a variety of ways, including staffing of functions within the Center, awarding of grants to faculty and students to promote internationalization of students' programs and research, presenting workshops and seminars, and providing direct outreach support to schools and multiplier organizations in the region.

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