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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. 

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.

Coming Soon: The McCombs Ambassadors Program

The Center for Global Business is offering an exciting new program for a select group of outstanding International Business students. Students who major or minor in IB will be eligible to apply for the McCombs Ambassadors Program based on their academic performance, diversity of world regions studied, language and intercultural skills, international experience, volunteer activity, and other accomplishments. In addition to serving as a credential for distinguished students, the Ambassadors Program will provide an opportunity for exceptional students to develop advanced technical and managerial skills and learn from global leaders through networking and mentoring opportunities. Ambassadors will also have an opportunity to apply for scholarships for international experience and receive heightened visibility with employers.

CGB’s Cultural Analysis Framework for Global Professionals

The cultural analysis approach developed by CGB Director Deirdre Mendez is the basis for our Certificate in Global Management. 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. Back on campus, a capstone course helps them relate their experience abroad to intercultural management techniques and apply the framework to real-world problems.

The cultural analysis methodology used in this program of study is detailed in Dr. Mendez’s book The Culture Solution. The book and the Center’s Cultural Analysis Toolkit 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.

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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!