Our History

Business Education at its Best

Universities like to tout their past, and we’ll get to that, but first let’s talk about the future –specifically you’re future. The bottom line is, the world your parents (and for that matter most teachers) grew-up in, just isn’t the same anymore. The jobs they learned to train for either no longer exist, or exist in radically different forms.

Twenty years from now you don’t want to be old news; you want to be cutting edge. That’s what CIBU is all about. We don’t advocate ignoring the past; it’s the foundation upon which today’s exciting business enterprises are built. But you need to know how to use it to spring-forward and shine in our ever-changing world. That’s where CIBU excels.

It started way back in 1731, when a man named Niels Brock was born. Humble and honest, he grew up to be one of Denmark’s greatest merchants –and in some ways, the forerunner of today’s international business world. He was willing to try things that others hadn’t tried, to go places others wouldn’t go, and eventually to educate others, just because it was the right thing to do.

He dreamt of a school of commerce that would provide an education for young, self-made entrepreneurs like you.

He wasn’t the only one dreaming that dream, in 1995 a group of like-minded businessmen in San Diego, had the same idea. It is through their efforts that California International Business University (CIBU) came to be.

From both sides of the globe, it was pretty easy to see that things were changing –that tomorrow’s businesses, however large or small, would be competing against the world, and not just their little corner of it. It just made sense for the two schools to join forces, so in 2015, that’s what they did.

That’s where you come in.

Our focus isn’t on making ourselves money –we’re a not-for-profit organization that is fully accredited- our focus is giving you the best possible international education. This means we keep our classes intimate and internationally focused. But you can read more about that on our Academic Programs page.

What we want you to take away from our history is that we at Niels Brock & CIBU know that just because we have a great deal of experience, a long history and a strong network, we can’t run on routine. We do everything in our power to continue to develop and always strive to incorporate the latest knowledge and technologies into our educational methods—and to continue to find new campuses and new ways for you to study around the world.



We have campuses in a growing number of countries including Denmark, Myanmar, China and Vietnam. All of our degree programs are taught in English and you’ll find most of our programs on all our campuses worldwide. Or stay in beautiful San Diego and let the world come to you. Over the years, students representing more than 80 countries have attended our programs at CIBU. You don’t have to go abroad to get a truly international education.

So whether you look back or keep looking forward, Niels Brock & CIBU are leading the way in global learning.

Here’s some technical information you should know:

Our institution is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington D.C. 20002-4241, (202) 336-6780, to award bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees*. ACICS is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

*While the doctoral program is approved through ACICS, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation only recognize ACICS’ scope of accreditation through the master’s degree level.

California International Business University’s approval to operate in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act (CPPEA). The Act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under the Department of Consumers Affairs. The Bureau can be reached at: P.O. Box 980818, Sacramento, CA 95798-0818, Phone: (916) 431-6959. California International Business University’s BPPE Annual Reports and Records

In addition, this school is granted approval to admit non-immigrant alien students by the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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