Two professors from Prairie View A&M University’s College of Business will head to South Africa and Botswana in June, embarking on an educational journey for the school as it seeks to internationalize its business education programs.

That trip wouldn’t have been possible without guidance from Mays’ Center for International Business Studies (CIBS), which in 2004 helped net Prairie View a two-year, $166,000 grant to eventually create an international business program of its own.

That’s just one recent Department of Education grant that Mays Professor Kelly Murphrey — director of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade under the CIBS umbrella — has mentored requests for in his effort to raise awareness of global business opportunities for Historically Black Universities and Colleges. Working with a nation-wide group of Center for International Education and Research business educators, Murphrey also helped Mississippi’s Rust College gain a similar grant this year to fund exchange and awareness programs in its business curriculum.

“Many of these schools have not had a formal international business focus,” Murphrey said, outlining a three-year push to help acquire the federal funding needed to implement international business education programs at key historically black institutions. “Gaining a global perspective helps students become better citizens and also increases their competitiveness in the job search process.”

Murphrey also recently received a $160,000 Department of Education grant to create a model e-education program to deliver Web-based international business learning resources in support of the North American Small Business International Trade Educators’ global business professional credential. Included in that funding, Murphrey will host a national conference on best e-learning practices for international business educators and adapt his global entrepreneurship course for online consumption.