SPRING 2012  

From Karen Watts, Associate Director 

As we wind down the spring semester, the Smith School CIBER can look back upon a very busy, and very fruitful, academic year. Between our various international experiential learning programs, our hugely successful annual conference on Emerging Markets, and the planning for the upcoming year, CIBER has continued to fulfill its mission to help internationalize business education. We also created a CIBER Facebook page, so please don't forget to "Like" our page and stay connected throughout the year!
Issue: 2 
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In This Issue
Emerging Markets Forum
International Consulting Projects
Global Business Project
Undergraduate Nicaragua Study Trip
CIBER Case Challenge
Upcoming Events
New Location!

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Emerging Markets Forum

CIBER was proud to host the annual Emerging Markets Forum again this year on April 13, 2012, along with the Smith School's Center for Social Value Creation. This year's theme was about women in emerging markets: Women as Entrepreneurs, Consumers and Agents of Change. Business professionals, academics, and policy leaders gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, DC to discuss the ways women are thriving in public and private sector leadership roles, including those who have capitalized on microfinance and governmental reforms designed to spur developing economies. An impressive roster of speakers, led by former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina MBA '80, framed the conversation in terms of women participation as entrepreneurs and boardroom leaders.  

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International Consulting Projects

Building off of the success of last year's international consulting program in Uruguay, this year CIBER has expanded the program to include projects in Chile, Tunisia, and again in Uruguay.


The program kicked off in January with students attending a "Consulting Boot Camp" with other Smith students participating in various consulting activities. Students received information about consulting and met their fellow teammates. Additionally, many teammates from our international partner schools were in attendance, including those from Tunisia (Mediterranean School of Business) and Uruguay (Universidad de Montevideo and ORT University).


The kick-off week continued with Washington Week, where both international and UMD students visited a variety of Washington area institutions, including the IMF, World Bank, IFC, Department of Commerce, Ronald Reagan Building, and the embassies of Uruguay and Tunisia.

Students continued to work throughout the semester. They traveled to the country in which their client is located. To work with their client and conduct an initial presentation. Work is ongoing as students prepare for their final client presentations.  
The projects were highlighted in the
Global Business School Network's (GBSN) blog and in article  in Leaders, a Tunisian news outlet (in French). 


Global Business Project

CIBER also continued its participation in the Global Business Project consortium, made up of twelve other CIBER business schools in the United States. This year, Smith CIBER is sending students to Brazil, India, China, and Thailand. Again, Smith CIBER is taking the lead on the projects to Thailand - organizing the projects and logistics for twelve students. Participants met for the DC Kick-off weekend in March and have since been working hard in anticipation of their international travel at the end of May. While in-country, students will participate in a Hub City Weekend and then work with their client for two weeks. Stay tuned for the results of their efforts!


Doing Business in Nicaragua:
Microfinance and Social Value Creation

CIBER helped support a new and innovative short-term study abroad program, led by Professor Sue White, to Nicaragua during winter break. Smith undergraduate students partnered with students from Universidad Americana (UAM) on projects with Opportunity International - a microfinance nonprofit. Additionally, students worked with

four local

small-business entrepreneurs working in industries such as clothing, groceries, and taxis. For more information about the course, please visit here.


We would like to congratulate Professor White for the course's selection as a finalist for GoAbroad's New Study Abroad Course Innovation award! The winner will be announced at this year's NAFSA international education conference in Houston at the end of May. Stay tuned!
Undergraduate Case Challenge

In October 2011, CIBER sponsored three Smith School undergraduates to participate in the annual CIBER Case Challenge, hosted this year by the University of Connecticut CIBER. Students traveled to Storrs, CT for a long weekend working with students from around the world on an international business themed case competition. Ryan Lee-Young, one of the participants, described his experience:


I believe that my participation in this Case Challenge has provoked me to think beyond the case or situation itself [and] motivated me to develop solutions that encompass many aspects of the company, rather than to simply point out the problems.


The CIBER Case Challenge was also profiled in the Huffington Post!


Upcoming Events

How to Export 

June 29, 2012

CIBER is pleased to announce a day-long seminar titled How to Export: Taking the Mystery out of Exporting. Geared towards area enterprises, local business leaders can attend to learn how global innovation affects firms and how local Maryland agencies can help businesses develop an international export initiative. Registration and more information will soon be available on the CIBER website.



Doing Business In...  

September, 2012

The Smith School will be launching a new series titled "Doing Business In..." Attendees will learn how to do business in a targeted foreign country, with the inaugural location being India. If you would like to receive information, please contact us at ciber@rhsmith.umd.edu.


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The Smith CIBER offices are now located in our new home - Van Munching Hall 2410. Stop by and visit!

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