Letter from the Dean

I am pleased that Mays Business School is one of Texas A&M University’s top two colleges for students pursuing a global experience – thanks to our Center for International Business Studies (CIBS). For the fifth consecutive year, Texas A&M University ranks as the top U.S. public institution for the number of students pursuing international experiences.

One of only 15 Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) in the nation, CIBS was established in 1990 at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School. The purpose is to help improve America’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise by providing enhanced international business education, research, and outreach activities that help U.S. businesses compete effectively in the rapidly expanding global market.

As part of our Strategic Plan, Mays Business School is committed to developing transformational leaders with a global mindset. A global mindset is ‘a set of individual attributes that enable an individual to influence individuals, groups, and organizations from diverse socio/cultural/institutional systems.’ Commonly referred to as “study abroad” or “education abroad,” over 700 Mays students participate in study, exchange, volunteer, research, and internship opportunities abroad each year (pre-COVID). While much has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal is to increase student participation in global experiences to 50% by 2025. 

In 2021, CIBS launched several exciting initiatives to provide additional global opportunities for students and faculty. In late spring, CIBS challenged Mays faculty to add one week of globally focused content to Core Business Knowledge (CBK) courses in 2021-22. We are also increasing Mays faculty-led and field trip programming from 13 to 22 programs and adding new global internship experiences in 2021-22. As part of a Global Engagement Grant awarded for 2021, CIBS is engaging freshman and sophomore students in developing solutions to global problems through the Introduction to Research Abroad Program (IRAP). 

These new initiatives are a few examples of our commitment to developing a global mindset. I invite you to join us in the mission of the Center for International Business Studies in facilitating the globalization of Mays Business School as a vibrant learning environment.

R. Duane Ireland
Interim Dean, Mays Business School