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The College of Business and Information Systems at South Carolina State University received a US$366,000 Department of Education Business and International Education (BIE) grant.
The IBE grant is one of 20 such grants awarded this year to colleges and universities across the country in a nationwide grant competition. The grant awards $183,112 in new federal funds each year for two years, with a total value over two years of approximately $366,000.
Dr. David Jamison, associate professor of marketing, is the director of the project with Dr. Barbara Adams, dean of the college, as deputy director of the project.
The grant entitled “Developing International Education in the Curriculum and the Business Community” supports four main activities:
- The creation of a 15-credit-hour Certificate in International Business to include four new courses: Export Management, International Supply Chain Management, International Business Internship, and Multidisciplinary A Global Business Environment.
- The creation and delivery of training materials and resources for global export management and supply chain management for small businesses through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub, the Innovation Center of ‘Orangeburg and Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
- The creation of a speaker series on global business as part of the College of Business Executive’s existing speaker series.
- The development of a student study abroad program with at least one overseas educational institution with financial support for business students participating in overseas travel experiences.
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“Part of the College of Business’s mission is to prepare students to be competitive in a global society, so we are delighted that this grant expands the globalization of our program and provides students with study abroad opportunities to help them understand and experience the culture of another country,” said Adams. “The International Business Certificate, which will be open to all students in all majors, will provide additional credentials to make students more marketable in the global labor market.
“It is also important for entrepreneurs and small businesses to learn how to export and import in order to maximize the growth of their businesses. Together with our regional SBDC, this grant will help provide this service to the community,” said Adams.
The Ministry of Education awarded the last round of IBE grants almost 10 years ago. The program has been suspended due to a series of budget cuts by the Ministry of Education. This year’s grants mark the return of the program and a renewed focus on expanding international business education among university business programs.
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SC State is proud to be part of this new group of beneficiaries. While the grant is focused on the development of the business curriculum, the entire academic community is expected to benefit and are invited to participate in the activities that will be sponsored by the grant.