The International Business Center (IBC) reaches the next generation of international business leaders through regional events at the K–12 level. If you would like to partner with the IBC, please contact IBC Managing Director Jacqueline Saslawski. The following is a sample of events that the IBC organizes or cosponsors:
Annual International Marketing Campaign Business Scholastic Competition
The IBC works with high school language and social sciences teachers to introduce international business concepts to students through an international marketing competition. It culminates in an interscholastic competition hosted by the IBC at Pitt, where students present their marketing plans.
- Model United Nations
More than 300 students from about 30 Western Pennsylvania high schools apply their prior research, studies, and present positions in a simulation of a United Nations session. While the students practice diplomacy, negotiation, and resolution writing on world issues, many of which is related to international business, their teachers have the opportunity to participate in a same-day workshop.
Professional Development Workshops for Teachers
The IBC joins the area studies centers within the University Center for International Studies for workshops on international topics. The themes vary by workshop.