May 20, 2002

May 20, 2002— The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at The Anderson School at UCLA, one of 30 centers located at leading business schools nationwide, has been awarded $1.4 million in funding that will enhance its current academic, research and outreach initiatives, as well as launch a new program aimed at preparing students for international leadership.

"We are very excited that we were able to effectively convey our vision for CIBER's future at UCLA Anderson," said Sara Tucker, associate director of CIBER. "The support and funding will enable us to make a substantial contribution in preparing our students to compete in the global marketplace."

Anderson's Center was founded in 1989 by Anderson Professor Jose de la Torre, and was one of the first six of such centers created by the United States Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. This year, all existing CIBERs were awarded funding to be dispersed over a four-year period and two additional centers were added.

Anderson's CIBER program aims to enrich the international content of the business school curriculum, providing funding to faculty and doctoral students working on projects related to the international activities of U.S.-based corporations.

Over the next year, CIBER staff and faculty will continue to deliver stellar programs and activities, including:

Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, which will invite scholars of international reputation to UCLA to interact and collaborate with students and faculty members

International Research Conferences, a series of conferences focused on various international issues

International Education Alliance Partners, a collaborative initiative with Anderson School faculty to establish educational alliances with select partners across the world

Resource Center for Researchers, Students and the Community, an online resource center dedicated to international business and economics and a repository for working papers and papers presented at the research conferences.
The Center will also kick off its new Advanced International Management Program (AIM), which will prepare students for international leadership roles through an integrated focus on global research, coursework and innovative programs.

Responding to an increasingly sophisticated global marketplace, the AIM program will replace the Center's current International Management Fellows Program, and will allow students to choose from the School's many international opportunities to create a program tailored to their needs. AIM participants will be getting a career advantage through relationships with international faculty and participating in seminars with business, government and academic leaders from around the world.

"The idea behind these new initiatives is to implement comprehensive programs that are integrated into the fabric of the school and will impact a broad spectrum of Anderson constituents," said Bhagwan Chowdhry, director of CIBER and associate professor of finance at UCLA Anderson.

Preparing the grant proposal for the funding was a long and intense process that began in early 2001, involving a faculty advisory committee of Anderson's leading professors, as well as Chowdhry, Tucker, and Robert Spich, faculty director of programs, who collaborated in writing the final proposal.

UCLA Anderson is ranked in the top tier of graduate business schools in the United States. Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson today has 134 faculty members who serve more than 600 full-time MBA students, approximately 400 fully employed MBA students, nearly 140 executive MBA students, and 65 Ph.D. students.

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