The primary purpose of the Center for International Business is to support and strengthen the international business (IB) programs of the College of Business (CoB) at Loyola University New Orleans. Since its inception in 1992, the Center for International Business has carried out 10 externally funded projects that have included applied IB research studies, community outreach services, the enhancement of the CoB’s IB curricula, and several publications.
The center supports the CoB's international internship, summer study abroad, and international student exchange programs. Also, the center houses a mini-library with a specialized collection of IB journals and studies. The IBC coordinates and supports the activities of the CoB's International Business Advisory Board (IBAB) and the Global Business Association (GBA), the latter being open to all students at Loyola. The IBAB’s more than 40 community leaders in the IB field meet twice per year to review the CoB’s IB strategy and give advice to the CoB’s IB faculty and administration. IBAB members come regularly as guest speakers or panelists to events sponsored by the CoB, offer internships and jobs (after graduation) to students from the CoB, and financially support the CoB’s IB programs.
Finally, the Center for International Business maintains relations with external organizations, such as the World Trade Center, the Port of New Orleans, GNO, Inc., the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Greater New Orleans, the U.S. Department of Education, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Institute of International Education.