PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Dr. Lawrence Awopetu, chair of the Department of Accounting at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) was nominated for the 2014 Faculty Study Abroad program in Scandinavia. With the theme, “Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility,” the program will take him to Stockholm and Copenhagen in Sweden and Denmark, respectively. The Professional Development in International Business (PDIB) Scandinavia faculty study abroad program is sponsored by Robert Wang Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), University of Memphis, under the CIBER-HBCU Consortium.
In 2012, Dr. Awopetu attended the faculty development in international business on globalization at CIBER and participated in a series of discussions on international accounting and its impact on corporations in the U. S. The globalization seminar on International Accounting improved his skills to recognize sources of influence on the development of accounting standards and practices worldwide; understanding the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards(IFRS) worldwide; and develop strategies for teaching IFRS in the Department of Accounting program curriculum.
Dr. Awopetu’s research interests include ethics and the accounting profession, and the impact of working capital on small and medium scale non-financial firms in the United States.
The Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBERs) were created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBER network links the manpower and technological needs of the United States business community with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country. The 33 CIBERs serve as regional and national resources to business people, students, and teachers at all levels. Building on the strengths of their faculty and staff, each CIBER organizes a variety of activities to advance the study and teaching of international business and to support applied research on United States competitiveness in the global marketplace.
CIBERs work collaboratively with each other, with other departments and disciplines within their universities, other colleges and universities regionally and nationally, government and trade councils, professional associations, and business.