USC Marshall’s Center for International Business and Education Research (CIBER) received a special recognition award for outstanding contributions to the trade community by a nonprofit organization at the 2009 World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast on May 7.
The center organizes the annual Asia/Pacific Business Outlook conference, a two-day event that gives 250 executives direct access to U.S. senior commercial officers who work in U.S. embassies in a dozen Asian countries and to their American executive partners who come to USC from Asia to provide advice.
Julie Anne Hennessy, the chair of the World Trade Week award committee, presented the kudo to Richard Drobnick, chief organizer of the Asia/Pacific Business Outlook conference and director of USC Marshall’s Center for International Business Education and Research.
“I was very pleased to receive this on behalf of the USC professors who have led CIBER-funded teaching, research and outreach projects since 1990 – hundreds from the Marshall School and dozens from other USC schools,” Drobnick said.
World Trade Week was initiated in 1926 by Stanely T. Olafson, the manager of the World Trade department of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. It was made a national observance by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. The original week-long observance has evolved into more than 30 events in May which focus on the contribution of international commerce to the region’s economy.
The Center for International Business Education and Research is one of 31 such centers on university campuses across the country. The centers were created to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise.
Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the CIBER program links the manpower and information needs of U.S. business with the international education, language training and research capacities of universities across the country. The centers serve as regional and national resources for business, students and academics.