UCLA's Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER) was founded in 1989 as part of a network of CIBERs created by the United States Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. UCLA CIBER is now one of 33 CIBERs
located at top universities around the United States that serve as national resources to faculty, students (including K-12 and community colleges), and the business community to support global business thinking, teaching and applied research. Each CIBER creates agendas around research, language, outreach, and faculty development and academic programs.
CIBER is a federally funded program that receives a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. In September 2010, UCLA CIBER was awarded a four-year grant renewal - the culmination of an extremely competitive process reviewing the accomplishments of CIBER to date, as well as plans for the future.
Over the last two decades, UCLA CIBER has enriched the international content of UCLA Anderson's curriculum. It has provided funding to faculty and students working on projects related to international business and economics and support for language and culture programs, as well as conducted programs that reach out to the Greater Los Angeles business community. The focus of UCLA CIBER's initiatives for the current four-year grant cycle is centered around five thematic areas relevant to the California region:
- global sustainability
- international social entrepreneurship and microfinance
- global resource flows
- services industrialization
- intellectual property in media and entertainment
UCLA CIBER is now integrated into UCLA Anderson's Center for Global Management.