History of CIERA
In 1962 the Center for International Education and Research in Accounting
(CIERA) was established. This was long before the global marketplace made international
programs at major universities commonplace. CIERA was created as a center to focus on the
teaching and research of international topics as they related primarily to the field of
accounting. However, Vernon Zimmerman, its long-time Director, never limited his thinking
to accounting alone. He believed that accounting was integral to all commercial
transactions and that accountants had to be knowledgeable about all aspects of business.
Business in all countries find that they need to internationalize in order
to survive. Even small companies trade in one or more foreign markets and/or establish
financial and operating relations with foreign companies. As a result, accounting,
auditing and tax issues arise in many settings where it could be ignored only a few years
ago. Universities all over the world are entering this specialty in larger numbers in
order to meet the needs of their stakeholders.
The Center for International Education and Research in Accounting supports
the vision of the College of Commerce and Business Administration: "to be a world
class business school renowned for its commitment to learning and the principle of
innovation, its academic leadership, the focus and quality of its programs, the impact of
its research, its internationalism, and strong ties to business and community."
CIERA serves the academic and professional communities by providing world-class
leadership in international accountancy and business research and education support. CIERA
strives to provide innovative learning experiences for faculty, students, and
professionals in all aspects of scholarship, including the creation, integration,
dissemination and management of accounting knowledge in the international domain.
CIERA has set a goal to be a world-class Center for faculty, students, and visiting