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The College of Business and Information Systems at South Carolina State University received a grant of $ 366,000 from the US Department of Education, Business, and International Education (IBE).
The BIE grant is one of 20 awards given to colleges and universities across the country this year in a national grant competition. The grant provides $ 183,112 in new federal funds each year for two years, for a total two-year value of approximately $ 366,000.
Dr David Jamison, associate professor of marketing, is the project director with Dr Barbara Adams, dean of the college, as deputy director of the project.
The grant titled “Expanding International Education in the Curriculum and Business Community” supports four main activities:
- The creation of a 15-credit Certificate in International Trade comprising four new courses: Export Management, International Supply Chain Management, International Trade Internship and Multidisciplinary Course on 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 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Center for Innovation of ‘Orangeburg and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
- The creation of a series of speakers on world trade as part of the existing speaker series of the College of Business.
- The development of a study abroad program with at least one foreign educational institution with financial support for business students participating in travel experiences abroad.
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“Part of the mission of the College of Business is to prepare students to compete in a global society. another country, ”Adams said. “The Certificate in International Business, which will be open to all students of all majors, will provide additional credentials to make students more marketable in the global workplace.
“It is also important that entrepreneurs and small businesses learn to engage in exporting and importing in order to maximize the growth of their businesses. In conjunction with our regional SBDC, this grant will help provide this service to the community, ”Adams said.
The Ministry of Education awarded the last round of IBE grants almost 10 years ago. The program was suspended due to a series of budget cuts by the Department of Education. This year’s grants mark a return of the program and a renewed focus on expanding international business education among business university programs.
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SC State is proud to be part of this new group of beneficiaries. Although the grant is focused on the development of the business studies program, the entire university community is expected to benefit and is welcome to participate in the activities that will be sponsored by the grant.