One major complaint about higher education is that it rarely prepares students for the workforce. Certainly, education is valuable, there's no denying that. But knowing stuff doesn't always translate to knowing how to do stuff. It certainly doesn't guarantee that someone can do stuff in a work environment with other people, some of whom have expectations. That is why it's inspiring to know that UC Denver's School of Business and the Institute for International Business has developed a program that really puts students to work. Led by Dr. Manuel Serapio, faculty director of Institute for International Business which is intended to serve as the center for the advanced study, teaching and research of international business.
In 1993 the Institute for International business received designation from the United States Department of Education as a Center for International Business Education and Research. The University of Colorado Denver has the only CIBER in Colorado, which is among only thirty-three such programs in the United States.
"We live in a global economy, and we feel that it is very important to prepare our students to work and compete in the global marketplace. We like to think that we enable this through the various programs and initiatives that we offer." ~Dr. Manuel Serapio
Dr. Serapio collaborated with Roy Becker, of Roy Becker Seminars, who is an expert on Incoterms, an integral part of dealing with international business. Together, they designed an Action Learning course that coordinates with some Denver businesses to provide real-world education by working with small and midsized firms in Denver. Through these programs, the students are given a real-life import or export-related project for the business, from which they gain practical experience.
You will want to listen to hear from the students about what they are learning through the program, to tie their education, theory and practice to real skills in international business.
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