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Message from the Director:


With over 30 years of experience, the staff of the International Business and Management Center (IBMC) designs, coordinates and implements a variety of programs for professionals, corporate and organizational executives both domestically and internationally.

The IBMC develops Customized Programs to meet the specific needs of their clients. The speakers, presenters and organizational development specialists are carefully selected from experts located on the faculty at the University of Kentucky and from experts and practitioners in various disciplines. Programs can be offered in the Gatton College of Business and Economics Building located on campus or at various venues based upon the client’s criteria, including in the client’s facilities. The Center offers a free initial consultation, to discuss the clients needs and options for professional development to better assist with tailoring the course curriculum to fit your needs. In this way, a program can be developed to provide training in all areas required by the client, e.g. Sales and Marketing Management, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Finance Management, Budgeting, etc…. The Center seeks to maintain the program quality in a value added budget format.

The IBMC offers a variety of programs annually. The UK Sports Marketing Academy, a three year certification program, for example, combines a unique blend of experts and practitioners in collegiate and professional athletics. The School Financial Management Institute is a comprehensive training program for school financial managers in the Commonwealth that extends over three years and culminates with the issuance of a certificate after successful completion of an examination. The IBMC also offers a bi-annual SHRM® (Society of Human Resource Management) program which is a thirteen week comprehensive program in preparation for the SPHR/PHR exam.

The center host a variety of international programs. The staff of the IBMC conducts programs for foreign companies, governments, and educational organizations wishing to learn more about the private enterprise systems and American management techniques. Several programs have been conducted for groups from Indonesia, Kazakstan, Croatia, and the Republic of China.

The staff of the IBMC plans and conducts conferences for associations and other organizations. The IBMC assists with the coordination the week-long Kentucky Institute for Economic Development Program which is accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

Providing quality service through consulting, planning and implementing educational programs is the mission of the IBMC. The IBMC staff will assist you in identifying your needs and designing a program to reach your goals. The IBMC has a history of quality education and instructors who enhance the development and presentation of successful programs.

Dr. Merl Hackbart, Associate Dean

Dr. Merl Hackbart
Associate Dean/Director

 

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