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SEC. 612. [20 U.S.C. 1130–1] CENTERS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EDUCATION.
(a) PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.—
(1) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary is authorized to make grants to institutions of higher education, or combinations of such institutions, to pay the Federal share of the cost of planning, establishing and operating centers for international business education which
(A) will be national resources for the teaching of improved business techniques, strategies, and methodologies which emphasize the international context in which business is transacted;
(B) will provide instruction in critical foreign languages and international fields needed to provide understanding of the cultures and customs of United States trading partners; and
(C) will provide research and training in the international aspects of trade, commerce, and other fields of study.
(2) SPECIAL RULE. In addition to providing training to students enrolled in the institution of higher education in which a center is located, such centers shall serve as regional resources to businesses proximately located by offering programs and providing research designed to meet the international training needs of such businesses. Such centers shall also serve other faculty, students, and institutions of higher education located within their region.
(b) AUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES.-Each grant made under this section may be used to pay the Federal share of the cost of planning, establishing or operating a center, including the cost of—
(1) faculty and staff travel in foreign areas, regions, or countries;
(2) teaching and research materials;
(3) curriculum planning and development;
(4) bringing visiting scholars and faculty to the center to teach or to conduct research; and
(5) training and improvement of the staff, for the purpose of, and subject to such conditions as the Secretary finds necessary for, carrying out the objectives of this section. (c) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.
(1) MANDATORY ACTIVITIES.—Programs and activities to be conducted by centers assisted under this section shall include
(A) interdisciplinary programs which incorporate foreign language and international studies training into business, finance, management, communications systems, and other professional curricula;
(B) interdisciplinary programs which provide business, finance, management, communications systems, and other professional training for foreign language and international studies faculty and degree candidates;
(C) programs, such as intensive language programs, available to members of the business community and other
professionals which are designed to develop or enhance their international skills, awareness, and expertise;
(D) collaborative programs, activities, or research involving other institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, professional associations, businesses, firms, or combinations thereof, to promote the development of international skills, awareness, and expertise among current and prospective members of the business community and other professionals;
(E) research designed to strengthen and improve the international aspects of business and professional education and to promote integrated curricula; and
(F) research designed to promote the international competitiveness of American businesses and firms, including those not currently active in international trade. (2) PERMISSIBLE ACTIVITIES.-Programs and activities to be conducted by centers assisted under this section may include
(A) the establishment of overseas internship programs for students and faculty designed to provide training and experience in international business activities, except that no Federal funds provided under this section may be used to pay wages or stipends to any participant who is engaged in compensated employment as part of an internship program;
(B) the establishment of linkages overseas with institutions of higher education and other organizations that contribute to the educational objectives of this section;
(C) summer institutes in international business, foreign area studies, foreign language studies, and other international studies designed to carry out the purposes of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph;
(D) the development of opportunities for business students to study abroad in locations which are important to the existing and future economic well-being of the United States;
(E) outreach activities or consortia with business programs located at other institutions of higher education for the purpose of providing expertise regarding the internationalization of such programs, such as assistance in research, curriculum development, faculty development, or educational exchange programs; and
(F) other eligible activities prescribed by the Secretary. (d) ADVISORY COUNCIL.
(1) ESTABLISHMENT.-In order to be eligible for assistance under this section, an institution of higher education, or combination of such institutions, shall establish a center advisory council which will conduct extensive planning prior to the establishment of a center concerning the scope of the center's activities and the design of its programs.
(2) MEMBERSHIP ON ADVISORY COUNCIL.-The center advisory council shall include
(A) one representative of an administrative department or office of the institution of higher education;
(B) one faculty representative of the business or management school or department of such institution;
(C) one faculty representative of the international studies or foreign language school or department of such institution;
(D) one faculty representative of another professional school or department of such institution, as appropriate; (E) one or more representatives of local or regional businesses or firms;
(F) one representative appointed by the Governor of the State in which the institution of higher education is located whose normal responsibilities include official oversight or involvement in State-sponsored trade-related activities or programs; and
(G) such other individuals as the institution of higher education deems appropriate, such as a representative of a community college in the region served by the center.
(3) MEETINGS.-In addition to the initial planning activities required under subsection (d)(1), the center advisory council shall meet not less than once each year after the establishment of the center to assess and advise on the programs and activities conducted by the center.
(e) GRANT DURATION; FEDERAL SHARE.
(1) DURATION OF GRANTS.-The Secretary shall make grants under this section for a minimum of 3 years unless the Secretary determines that the provision of grants of shorter duration is necessary to carry out the objectives of this section. (2) FEDERAL SHARE.-The Federal share of the cost of planning, establishing and operating centers under this section shall be
(A) not more than 90 percent for the first year in which Federal funds are received;
(B) not more than 70 percent for the second such year; and
(C) not more than 50 percent for the third such year and for each such year thereafter.
(3) NON-FEDERAL SHARE.-The non-Federal share of the cost of planning, establishing, and operating centers under this section may be provided either in cash or in-kind.
(4) WAIVER OF NON-FEDERAL SHARE.—In the case of an institution of higher education receiving a grant under this part and conducting outreach or consortia activities with another institution of higher education in accordance with section 612(c)(2)(E), the Secretary may waive a portion of the requirements for the non-Federal share required in paragraph (2) equal to the amount provided by the institution of higher education receiving such grant to such other institution of higher education for carrying out such outreach or consortia activities. Any such waiver shall be subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary deems necessary for carrying out the purposes of this section.
(f) GRANT CONDITIONS.-Grants under this section shall be made on such conditions as the Secretary determines to be nec
essary to carry out the objectives of this section. Such conditions shall include
(1) evidence that the institution of higher education, or combination of such institutions, will conduct extensive planning prior to the establishment of a center concerning the scope of the center's activities and the design of its programs in accordance with subsection (d)(1);
(2) assurance of ongoing collaboration in the establishment and operation of the center by faculty of the business, management, foreign language, international studies, professional international affairs, and other professional schools or departments, as appropriate;
(3) assurance that the education and training programs of the center will be open to students concentrating in each of these respective areas, as appropriate; and
(4) assurance that the institution of higher education, or combination of such institutions, will use the assistance provided under this section to supplement and not to supplant activities conducted by institutions of higher education described in subsection (c)(1).
SEC. 613. [20 U.S.C. 1130a] EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS.
(a) PROGRAM AUTHORIZED.-The Secretary shall make grants to, and enter into contracts with, institutions of higher education to pay the Federal share of the cost of programs designed to promote linkages between such institutions and the American business community engaged in international economic activity. Each program assisted under this section shall both enhance the international academic programs of institutions of higher education and provide appropriate services to the business community which will expand its capacity to engage in commerce abroad.
(b) AUTHORIZED ACTIVITIES.-Eligible activities to be conducted by institutions of higher education pursuant to grants or contracts awarded under this section shall include
(1) innovation and improvement in international education curricula to serve the needs of the business community, including development of new programs for nontraditional, mid-career, or part-time students;
(2) development of programs to inform the public of increasing international economic interdependence and the role of American business within the international economic system;
(3) internationalization of curricula at the junior and community college level, and at undergraduate and graduate schools of business;
(4) development of area studies programs, and interdisciplinary international programs;
(5) establishment of export education programs through cooperative arrangements with regional and world trade centers and councils, and with bilateral and multilateral trade associations;
(6) research for and development of specialized teaching materials, including language materials, and facilities appropriate to business-oriented students;
(7) establishment of student and faculty fellowships and internships for training and education in international business activities;
(8) development of opportunities for junior business and other professional school faculty to acquire or strengthen international skills and perspectives;
(9) development of research programs on issues of common interest to institutions of higher education and private sector organizations and associations engaged in or promoting international economic activity;
(10) the establishment of internships overseas to enable foreign language students to develop their foreign language skills and knowledge of foreign cultures and societies;
(11) the establishment of linkages overseas with institutions of higher education and organizations that contribute to the educational objectives of this section; and
(12) summer institutes in international business, foreign area and other international studies designed to carry out the purposes of this section.
(c) APPLICATIONS.-No grant may be made and no contract may be entered into under this section unless an institution of higher education submits an application to the Secretary at such time and in such manner as the Secretary may reasonably require. Each such application shall be accompanied by a copy of the agreement entered into by the institution of higher education with a business enterprise, trade organization or association engaged in international economic activity, or a combination or consortium of such enterprises, organizations or associations, for the purpose of establishing, developing, improving or expanding activities eligible for assistance under subsection (b) of this section. Each such application shall contain assurances that the institution of higher education will use the assistance provided under this section to supplement and not to supplant activities conducted by institutions of higher education described in subsection (b).
(d) FEDERAL SHARE.-The Federal share under this part for each fiscal year shall not exceed 50 percent of the cost of such program.
SEC. 614. [20 U.S.C. 1130b] AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
(a) CENTERS FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS EDUCATION.-There are authorized to be appropriated $11,000,000 for the fiscal year 1999 and such sums as may be necessary for each of the 4 succeeding fiscal years to carry out the provisions of section 612.
(b) EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMS.-There are authorized to be appropriated $7,000,000 for fiscal year 1999, and such sums as may be necessary for the 4 succeeding fiscal years, to carry out the provisions of section 613.