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Tippie Faculty Receive First Strategic Global Initiative Awards

A new award will help two Tippie faculty members strengthen academic exchange with Chinese colleagues through the development of an online course that will improve global trade practices.

UI International Programs (IP) has named Terry Boles and Cathy Cole from the Tippie College of Business as recipients of one of the first two UI Strategic Global Initiatives Awards.

The awards, for which all permanent UI faculty are eligible to apply, are intended to help defray costs associated with the development of operations abroad to support faculty collaborations or exchanges, new or existing degree programs or other collegiate or cross-collegiate initiatives.

Major funding is provided by International Programs. Additional support for this year’s awards comes from the Department of Political Science in CLAS, Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, and the Tippie College of Business.

Boles, who is also director of the Institute for International Business (IIB), and Cole, a marketing professor, will use the grant for their proposal to strengthen the base of UI faculty and staff who are committed to the study and promotion of international business while, at the same time, increasing the number of Iowans who have a substantial understanding of global trade practices.

Faculty in the Tippie College of Business will develop an online course to help students and business practitioners earn a nationally recognized certificate by taking the North American Small Business International Trade Exporters (NASBITE) Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) examination. This exam covers such areas as global business management, global marketing, supply chain management, and trade finance. The course will provide online preparation for the exam throughout Iowa and will add an additional module to the course on ethics and sustainability in a global economy.

The successful implementation of this online course will not only impact students who enroll, but it will also lay the groundwork for the IIB’s application for a Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) grant award in the next round, slated for 2013.

The funded CIBERs are mandated to be national resources for the teaching of international business with an understanding of the transactional context as well as language and cultural components of international trade. They will also serve as resources to local businesses interested in developing greater international expertise and engage in national and regional educational outreach to schools.

Cole said that the grant will also help the UI develop a unique team-taught class that draws on the expertise of faculty at the College of Business.

“The exciting thing is that business people and students—wherever they may be located, whether it is a study abroad program in Italy or a business in western Iowa—will have access to the class on best international business practices,” Cole said.

For more information on the award, contact Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs, at

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