Globalisation of capital markets, developments in information technology and advances in communications and transportation are transforming business practices around the world. Successfully engaging in business in the international arena requires knowledge of the wide variety of cultures, national backgrounds, business practices and languages spoken throughout the area. Leading business schools in the Asia- Pacific region are becoming essential players in providing knowledge and skills for current and prospective business professionals.
The Pacific Asian Consortium for International Business Education and Research (PACIBER) was created in 1988 as a consortium of universities dedicated to establishing linkages to promote international business education, research and exchanges of information, faculty and students. PACIBER member schools benefit by increased access to and networking with the leading business schools in North America, Asia and Oceania. Collaborative activities between PACIBER member schools add value to member universities through a range of activities. These include joint research projects, recruitment and exchange of students, faculty exchange and networking, placement of students in member school programs, joint curriculum development, access to the latest developments in business education, increased research funding opportunities from private and government agencies, and invaluable networks with leading business schools.
With its secretariat at the crossroads of the Pacific, in the University of Hawai’i’s Pacific Asian Management Institute, PACIBER strives to widen the scope of cooperation, facilitate communication and expand consciousness about the Asia-Pacific region among its members, and in the business community at large. PACIBER representatives gather every year in the location of a member school to receive updates on current international business issues, discuss curriculum development and present new initiatives for the consortium. Research panels and keynote speeches are also part of the program. These annual meetings of PACIBER provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, where members can network and learn from one another. Through faculty exchanges and other mutually beneficial alliances, member universities can raise the level of their business education programs to world-class standards.