BLOOMINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.28 million Title VI grant to the Center for International Business Education and Research at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. The university says the funding will support experiential learning initiatives, research projects and the center's statewide internship initiative.

The IU CIBER is housed in the Kelley School's Institute for International Business in Bloomington. IU says the center will receive $320,000 annually for four years, a 15 percent increase from the center's previous funding cycle. IU says the efforts supported by the federal grant will benefit colleges, universities, and community colleges throughout the country, as well as K-12 teachers, business managers and government officials.

Those efforts include the experiential learning initiatives such as a new online career video series for high school students and new lesson plans for middle and high school students. The research projects benefiting from the grant will focus on cybersecurity, national innovation systems, and economic competitiveness. The funding will also support the center's internship initiative, which connects IU students with companies throughout the state.

"These projects are designed to achieve high impact and wide reach in supporting the internationalization of curricula and campuses in these institutions, both regionally and nationally," said LaVonn Schlegel, executive director of the center and the Institute for International Business. "These initiatives develop faculty competence in international business, foreign languages and global affairs to enhance internationalization of business curricula both at the Kelley School and other institutions of higher education."

IU says the center will also continue to provide broad support for minority-serving institutions and community colleges, including new institutions from Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Dakota.