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Center for Global Business

”We have to send our best and brightest overseas and make sure they have training that will allow them to be the global leaders who will make [business] flourish in the future.”


– Jack Welch

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Crafting the Next Generation of Global Leaders

Our mission is to position The University of Texas at Austin as a source of global leaders of the future. The Center for Global Business advances global business acumen and engagement through outstanding teaching, research, connections, and experiential learning. Keep in touch with the Center on our blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on LinkedIn

Founded in 1990, the Center for Global Business has a long history of creating international opportunity for the McCombs and UT communities. In 2019, we released a five-year strategic plan to further enhance McCombs global offerings, connections, and impact. The priorities of this plan are to promote Global Education, serve and leverage our Global Network, and strengthen our Global Voice.

The McCombs Ambassadors Program

Starting in the Fall 2020 term, the Center for Global Business will offer International Business majors and minors the opportunity to become a McCombs Ambassador. With this distinguished designation, Ambassadors will receive access to advanced technical and managerial skills, connection to global leaders through, and the opportunity to apply for scholarships for international experience. The Ambassadors program will be open by application, with selection criteria to include academic performance, diversity of regions studied and skills acquired, international experience, and other accomplishments.

Cultural Analysis Framework

The cultural analysis approach developed by Director Deirdre Mendez is the basis for the Global Management Certificate at UT. Through this innovative program, students learn a framework for solving culture-based problems, which they apply during an international experience to integrate theory and experiential learning. This cultural analysis methodology is detailed in Dr. Mendez’s book The Culture Solution, and in the Center’s Cultural Analysis Toolkit. Both are widely used in study abroad and international internship programs at universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Spotlight on International Business Students

Check out two International Business majors who are putting their academic experience to work while exploring career options during summer internships.

Eric Hines >

Eric Hines

Eric Hines
International Business Major

Read more of Eric's summer internship with PwC in their Dallas Transfer Pricing group.

Graham Smith

Graham Smith
Business Honors and International Business Major

Read more of Graham's experiences under the IB major, including studying abroad in China. 

A Message from the Director

Deirdre Mendez HeadshotDesigning programs to enhance our students’ global acumen and forge relationships with global alumni and employers is an exciting and rewarding project, and we’ve hit the ground running! I’m grateful to be working with an outstanding Board of Advisors. These global experts have brought tremendous energy, knowledge, resources, and connections to this inspiring task. With our strategic plan hot off the press, we’ll be rolling out new programs and initiatives in the coming months. Stay tuned for news of international events, collaborations, and milestones!