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Bradley Farnsworth and Linda Lim
  Bradley Farnsworth and Linda Lim

Ross School Faculty Win Grants for International Initiatives

1/22/2007 --

Programs run by Bradley Farnsworth and Linda Lim will receive $3 million for research and training.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—International programs run by faculty at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business have been competitively awarded grants worth $3 million by the U.S. Department of Education for research, training, outreach and curriculum development.

The Center for International Business Education (CIBE), directed by Bradley Farnsworth, was given a four-year $1.3 million grant to support curriculum development, research and training on issues of importance to U.S. trade and competitiveness.

"This award will enable us to build on the substantial base of international programs and resources that already exist here at Ross," said Farnsworth, who also is an adjunct lecturer at the school. "In addition to direct support for enhancing faculty research and expanding our international curriculum, the grant also gives us the means to work with university partners outside our school, including area studies centers and foreign language departments."

CIBE, one of 31 such centers around the United States that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is a multidisciplinary resource for teaching and learning about international business. Established in 1989, the center has funded more than 100 research projects on issues related to America's competitiveness in international business markets.

CIBE also helps disseminate new knowledge through courses like the interdisciplinary Global Interdependence and conferences such as those on global strategy, cross-cultural management, globalization of biotechnology and challenges for small and medium-sized firms in developing countries; offers specialized language training, overseas study programs and internships for business students; and provides expertise and resources to business leaders seeking to expand their operations globally.

In addition to the CIBE grant, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), directed by Ross School Professor Linda Lim, will receive $1.75 million over the next four years. A little more than half of the money will go to the CSEAS National Resource Center for various research, training and outreach initiatives, including the support of regional language instruction. The rest of the money will be used for CSEAS Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) awards to support graduate-level fellowships in foreign language and area studies training.

"These grants reaffirm that Michigan remains one of the top universities in the U.S. to study Southeast Asia, which we have done for 45 years," said Lim, professor of strategy at the Ross School. "We also pioneered the MBA/MA in Southeast Asian studies dual degree, and over the years many of our MBAs have been competitively awarded FLAS fellowships for language and area studies training."

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847