University of Southern California


International Economic Summit

Sponsored by the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the International Economic Summit (IES), a world trade simulation program has been designed to help high school students understand the benefits of trade and explore the controversies associated with globalization. The project provides students with an opportunity to acquire basic economic concepts within the framework of simulated international trade negotiations. Working in small groups, for an eight-to-ten week period, student teams adopt a country and take on the role of economic advisor for the country's Ministry of Commerce/Trade. The goal for each student team is to develop strategies for international trade negotiations that will improve their country's standard of living/quality of life. The culminating International Economic Summit draws over 300 students of the best student teams from Southern California schools to USC for a daylong simulation of WTO negotiations. CIBER funds are used to provide meals and cost of the Summit venue.

Center for Advancing Learning of International Studies (CALIS)

Case Teaching & TIRP—Comprehensive Expansion

The Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP) and the High School Case Teaching Initiative outreach program provide training seminars and undergraduate student support teams to teachers throughout the year. USC faculty and student teams work with the high school teachers to create, review, and pilot case teaching materials related to international studies, which subsequently are made available on the web and promoted at national conferences of high school educators. Case teaching represents USC's vision of socially relevant scholarship and innovative teaching that are central to advancing a critically needed, new education paradigm. Taken together, case teaching through TIRP has created a thriving local laboratory, for students and teachers alike, and is likely to stimulate national change in teaching international studies. Over 200 USC students are placed annually in 65–80 classrooms in 35 Los Angeles area high schools. The Case Teaching Initiative will continue to develop new cases and analytical materials for high schools. CIBER funds will be used to support training stipends for students.

Promoting Sustainable Cities in California and Asia

The Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) will produce an annual series of sustainability workshops and conferences, as well as support student and faculty research on Pacific Rim cities sustainability issues and develop a Sustainability Awards Recognition program for Pacific Rim cities. The goal of PCSI is to help stimulate major Pacific Rim cities to transform their current carbon-intensive architecture to a more sustainable footprint. PCSI aims to stimulate behavioral change among municipal decision makers, consumers, and business by fostering on-going dialogue and sharing best practices on urban sustainability.

PCSI was launched in 2009 as a joint collaboration of the Asia Society Centers of Northern and Southern California, the CIBERs at the University of Southern California and the University of California Los Angeles, and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities’ World Institute. By 2011, it is anticipated that the Asia Society Centers in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, and Melbourne will become partners in this initiative. As an objective clearinghouse on urban sustainability, PCSI will support municipal projects, public-private partnerships, and outreach initiatives. CIBER funds will be used to support the production of the workshops and conferences.

Asia Pacific Business Outlook Conference

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, CIBER has produced Asia Pacific Business Outlook annually since 1988. Each year, an APBO "cast" of 50 government, business and academic experts help educate about 250 American businesses practitioners about how to be more effective in doing business in Asia. Registration awards will be provided to persons who do not have access to travel and research budgets to support their development of Asia business knowledge: faculty from state universities and community colleges, entrepreneurs from small firms, and managers of state and local economic development agencies. Although, preference for the awards will be given to instructors from the California State University System and California Community College System and California-based entrepreneurs and local development agency managers, a number of registration awards will be made to qualified persons from anywhere in the United States. CIBER funds will be used to finance the awards, as well as provide general support for APBO.


On-line Business News

This on-line newsletter will focus on breaking news about business opportunities and challenges in key Asian economies. It will be posted on the Internet monthly from October through March. The format will be designed with enhanced "marketing" appeal, with easy-to-scan format for quick access to information. Initial readership will be targeted to Marshall School MBA students, alumni and undergraduate students. Articles will be researched and posted by selected MBA students, under the leadership of a professional, non-student editor. CIBER funds will be used for student stipends and a stipend for the professional editor.

Promoting Sustainable Development in Indonesia

This project will help develop a National Center for Climate Change at the University of Indonesia (UI), which will promote sustainable development in Indonesia. USC's role in the development of this Center is to provide opportunities for USC and UI students to work together on joint research programs. CIBER funds will be used to support USC student and faculty travel to do research on sustainability issues in Indonesia.

Partnership with CIBERs for Faculty Development Programs

USC CIBER will collaborate with other the CIBERs from other institutions on a range of annual activities. In general, USC CIBER will subsidize faculty and business persons from the Southern California region to participate in study trips and faculty development seminars that are produced and managed by a consortia of CIBERs. USC's CIBER will co-sponsor or co-develop the following activities:

  1. with the CIBER national network: (a) the annual CIBER Business Language Conference, (b) an annual National Forum on Trade Policy conference, (c) an annual international case competition, hosted by Ohio State's CIBER, and (d) a study-abroad evaluation consortium of CIBERs;
  2. with the UCLA CIBER: a series of workshops and public meetings titled, "Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative", which will be designed to bring the academic, business, and public policy communities together to address strategic issues regarding efforts by California's academic, business, and government leaders to develop sustainable cities in California and in Asia.
  3. with the Western CIBERs: a bi-annual conference on internationalizing the business curriculum for faculty from community and state colleges in the western region; and
  4. with a number of invited CIBERs: conference on internationalizing the business curriculum for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI).

The purpose of co-sponsoring these activities with other CIBERs is to work together so as to more broadly develop and disseminate knowledge about international business and language issues than any one CIBER could do on its own. CIBER funds will be used to support the co-sponsored activities by providing travel and registration awards to participants.