National CIBER Program

About CIBER
The National CIBER program was established by the U.S. Federal Government under Title VI in 1988 with a primary goal of promoting U.S. competitiveness in international markets through programming and research. The idea was to leverage the resources of well-established university programs to enhance their own curriculum and provide outreach to both the business and academic community. Temple University first received the grant in 2002 is now the only such center in the region and the State of Pennsylvania.

2014-2018 Cycle

Renewed in 2014, Temple CIBER’s grant proposal contains more than 70 different activities to carry out over the 4 year cycle. Among the student-centric initiatives are:

Programming related to areas of regional priority – Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia. For example, in September, Temple CIBER will host “Conducting Business in Indonesia” as a follow up to an undergraduate immersion program that we ran in May 2016.

Foreign Language Skill development – Last semester we ran an event titled – “Language Translation for Entering New Markets” featuring 3 representatives from translation companies and are looking for similar opportunities this year.

Inbound initiatives- Events for students and the hospitality and medical community of Greater Philadelphia to attract more international tourists/patients. We will be hosting a major event in September tentatively titled “ Leveraging Philadelphia’s World Heritage City Designation for Business Growth”

Development of Cultural Apps – (this is still in development and could make for an interesting class project if there is interest. Many already exist, but there is opportunity for new ideas, such as mapping innovation in certain cities/countries)

Seeking Proposals

Temple CIBER is interested in partnering with World Society faculty to either invite their full classes to existing events, or receive suggestions about new speaker events, workshops, or field trips that would enhance their coursework in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. The amount of funding available will depend on volume of suggestions received and therefore at this time we are not establishing a maximum amount requested. All interested faculty are welcome to share their initial ideas with Associate Director of International and Executive Programs Jeffrey Conradijeffrey.conradi@temple.edu and if they are determined to be a match, he will provide additional information to establish a formal proposal.