Cal State San Bernardino will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the formal opening of the university’s newest building, the Center for Global Innovation (CGI) on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m.

Tours of the center will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. The university will also hold the International Symposium on Global Education, which will begin at 2 p.m. at the Santos Manuel Student Union theater. Parking on campus is $6 and available at Lot N.

Across from the John M. Pfau Library, CGI is the new home of the College of Extended & Global Education. It provides much needed classroom space. At 71,000 square feet and a cost of $55 million, the three-story structure is the first building on campus to offer classroom space since the opening of the College of Education building in 2008. 

Along with administrative offices, CGI has 24 classrooms designed to accommodate collaborative learning, reconfigurable multi-purpose rooms and casual study lounges. It also has a 250-seat auditorium and retail food services. With a large patio at the entrance, global gallery and a terrace on the third floor, CGI provides space for gathering and collaborative learning as well as opportunities for indoor and outdoor hosting of special programs, said Tatiana Karmanova, assistant vice president for international education and dean of the College of Extended & Global Education.

CGI serves as the centerpiece for student and academic life, enhancing the central core of campus, and has gained popularity with the students, said Karmanova. 

The College of Extended & Global Education traces its beginnings to 1969 when the Office of Continuing Education was established and housed in Pfau Library. Twenty-five years later in 1994, the Office of Continuing Education moved to Sierra Hall. The name was changed to the College of Extended Learning (CEL) in 1999 and after merging with the Center for International Studies and Programs in 2018, it was renamed the College of Extended & Global Education. 

For more information on the College of Extended & Global Education, and the Center for Global Innovation, visit its website.

For more information on the CGI ribbon-cutting ceremony, contact the CSUSB Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit the Inside CSUSB news site.