The University of Utah and Brigham Young University have received jointly a federal grant to establish new Centers for International Business Education.
The two schools are expected to receive more than $1 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Education.James H. Gardner, U. management professor, and Lee H. Radebaugh, associate dean of the BYU Marriott School of Management, will serve as center co-directors.
With the centers, BYU and Utah will become national resources for teaching improved competitive business techniques for international trade, and foreign culture and language instruction, officials at the two schools said.
Other leading business schools in the nation operate similar centers. These institutions include Columbia University's School of Business and School of International and Public Affairs, University of Texas School of Business, Michigan State University School of Business and Texas A&M University Center for International Business Studies.
Officials from the two schools said the centers are necessary because the United States needs more managers who can compete in a global business environment, including managers who speak and read foreign languages, understand foreign societies and global trends and have special skills in international trade.