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Kogod Hosts International Business Consortium Meeting

By Mike Unger

Photo: Kogod Dean Richard Durand speaks with members of CUIBE at the Australian Embassy on the opening night of the organization's spring conference.

Kogod dean Richard Durand speaks with members of CUIBE at the Australian Embassy on the opening night of the organization's spring conference. (Photo: Bill Petros)

The Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education held its spring conference at the Kogod School of Business March 25–27.

The organization, known as CUIBE, is a consortium of schools and universities with undergraduate international business programs. Its primary objectives are to provide its members with an opportunity to benchmark their programs against other member schools and facilitate sharing of best practices in international business education.

Hosting the conference was a coup for American University, Kogod dean Richard Durand said.

“We believe in international business education,” he said. “It’s important for schools to know just how serious we are as educators and as a business institution.”

The event began Thursday evening with a reception at the Australian Embassy. On Friday, there were five panels or sessions, including one on ranking undergraduate international business programs that featured Durand. Kogod’s Kari Lininger also spoke about building a cross-campus community for internationalization.

After a Friday night dinner hosted by Kogod at Firefly in Dupont Circle, the conference concluded with a steering committee meeting on Saturday.