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    MAY 4, 2006
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Temple receives grant to renew Center for International Business

Because of its excellence in academic research, curriculum development and outreach programs in international business, Temple’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), housed in The Fox School of Business and Management, has been renewed for four more years with a $1.33 million award from the U.S. Department of Education.

“Our CIBER promotes international trade and commerce by spearheading extensive collaboration within Temple and with other regional academic institutions, businesses and executives in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware,” said Arvind Phatak, executive director of Temple’s CIBER and the Carnell Professor of International Business. “This grant will enable us to continue our work linking this region to global trade and commerce.”

Temple’s CIBER is one of only 31 such centers in the United States. Other CIBER grantees include the University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Columbia, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina–Chapel Hill and UCLA.

“This highly competitive CIBER grant confirms the significant advances we have made to expand the depth and reach of The Fox School’s international business programs and research, and it recognizes the many achievements of our CIBER,” Fox School Dean M. Moshe Porat said.

“We look forward to the center continuing as a catalyst for international business, research and education within the Temple community and the region.”

In its first four years of programming, the Temple CIBER has supported extensive research, including four annual international business research forums, and outreach, including developing international business faculty in community colleges and developing women entrepreneurs for the global marketplace. The CIBER also created new international study abroad and student exchange partnerships with schools in France, Ireland, Mexico, India and the United Arab Emirates.

Over the next four years, Temple CIBER will focus on building bridges with two regions of great importance to the United States: India and the MENA region, which consists of the Middle East and North Africa. The center also will concentrate on research on global security, risk management and critical language development.

- By Lisa Z. Meritz

International business grad program in top 20

For the third consecutive year, The Fox School of Business and Management’s international business graduate program has been ranked in the top 20 (No. 18) in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2007 “Best Graduate Schools” ranking released April 3. Also, for the third consecutive year, The Fox School’s M.B.A. programs have risen in the rankings.

“This ranking recognizes The Fox School’s outstanding one-year tri-continent international M.B.A. program, cutting-edge faculty research and teaching, and significant outreach efforts through our Institute for Global Management Studies,” said Arvind Phatak, executive director of the IGMS. “And I’m proud that our already high rankings increase each year,” he added.

In addition to its high rankings in international business, for the third year in a row, The Fox School’s M.B.A. program was ranked among the top 75 programs in the nation (No. 58) and among the top 20 public-urban programs in the United States.

“We are pleased that U.S. News & World Report has again recognized the excellence of our M.B.A. programs,” said M. Moshe Porat, dean of The Fox School. Temple’s M.B.A. programs have been ranked by U.S. News for the past five consecutive years.

- Lisa Z. Meritz