"The Carlson School has a 25-year history of global engagement and was one of the first business schools in the country to introduce an international requirement for its students," says Mike Houston, associate dean, Global Initiatives. "The introduction of the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) last year elevated our outreach to new levels and creating the Carlson Global Institute will enable us to better coordinate and support efforts and advance the global competence of leaders within the University and the region."
The University of Minnesota was awarded a $1.5 million Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to establish a CIBER center at the Carlson School to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. The center has since held a variety of events for business leaders, educators, and students and has partnered with Enterprise Minnesota and the Minnesota Trade Office to assist the state's businesses with exporting efforts.
In addition to its CIBER efforts, the Carlson Global Institute provides global learning opportunities in 29 countries to nearly 500 students each year through partnerships with more than 30 business schools around the world. It also teams with more than 150 corporations including Cargill, General Mills, International Dairy Queen, Target, 3M, and The Toro Company, among others, on various global initiatives including its live-case program.
Global Management Education Research a Focus of New Institute
"For years we have heard anecdotally how the internationalization experience is valuable not only for students, but for business, and for the region's economy," says Sri Zaheer, interim dean. "Part of the mission of the Carlson Global Institute is to gain a deeper understanding of this impact and quantify it through research."
As part of its research mission, the Institute will explore the near and long-term impact of global experiential learning on students, faculty, staff, and the corporate community.
"As the Carlson Global Institute we'll be able to study the impact the global engagements that are already taking place in our community are having on the various stakeholders and generate innovative ways to better bridge education with practice, develop more globally-competent leaders, and identify future priorities," says Anne D'Angelo, assistant dean, Global Initiatives.
The Institute is currently surveying Part-Time and Full-Time MBA students to learn more about their current perceptions of their global mindset. Findings of that study are expected to be released in December.