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Florida International University

Florida International University is Miami-Dade County's first public, four-year university. FIU was founded in 1965 and opened for classes in 1972 with 5,667 students - the largest opening day enrollment in U.S. collegiate history.

In 2009, the FIU Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mark B. Rosenberg as FIU's fifth president. Today it has more than 40,00 students, almost 1,000 full-time faculty and nearly 150,000 alumni. FIU is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, based on enrollment. The University offers more than 200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in 21 colleges and schools. Ninety-five percent of FIU's full-time, tenure, and tenure earning faculty ho...
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Florida International University is Miami-Dade County's first public, four-year university. FIU was founded in 1965 and opened for classes in 1972 with 5,667 students - the largest opening day enrollment in U.S. collegiate history.

In 2009, the FIU Board of Trustees unanimously approved Mark B. Rosenberg as FIU's fifth president. Today it has more than 40,00 students, almost 1,000 full-time faculty and nearly 150,000 alumni. FIU is one of the 25 largest universities in the nation, based on enrollment. The University offers more than 200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in 21 colleges and schools. Ninety-five percent of FIU's full-time, tenure, and tenure earning faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree attainable in their field. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. Sponsored research funding (grants and contracts) from external sources now exceed $100 million. The University is ranked as a Research University in the High Research Activity category of the Carnegie Foundation's prestigious classification system. The school's mascot is the Golden Panther, and its alumni constitute the fastest growing university alumni group in Miami-Dade County. FIU confers approximately half of all degrees now awarded by universities in Miami-Dade County. FIU's College of Medicine was approved in 2006 by the Florida Board of Governors and the Florida Legislature. In 2008, it received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education of the AAMC and admitted its first class in August 2009.

FIU is the youngest university to have been awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most distinguished academic honor society. FIU recently ranked among the best values in public higher education in the country, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's 2006 survey, "100 Best Values in Public Colleges." FIU ranked among the top 50 nationally for in-state students and among the top 100 nationally for out-of-state and international students. FIU recently ranked third in granting bachelors degrees to minorities and ninth in granting masters degrees to minorities, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, June 1, 2006. FIU's College of Law led all universities in the state with the highest pass rate of 94.4% on the 2007 Statewide Florida Bar Examination. The second highest pass rate belonged to Florida State University with 88.2%.

U.S.News & World Report ranks FIU's undergraduate international business programs among the top 15 in the nation and their graduate programs among the top 25. The university has also been named one of the "10 Cool Colleges for Entrepreneurs" by Fortune Small Business magazine. The Executive MBA program was recently ranked #1 in Florida by the Financial Times. The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is one of the nation's top programs. Other acclaimed programs include Creative Writing and Marine Biology. The University's 2010-2011 operating budget is $942 million. FIU has more than 4,800 employees. The University has an economic impact of more than $1.7 billion on the South Florida economy.

In recent years, FIU has emerged as one of South Florida's major cultural assets, offering programs to both students and the local community. Several of its programs are nationally renowned for their excellence.

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum celebrated the grand opening of its new facility on the Modesto A. Maidique campus in 2008. The Wolfsonian-FIU museum, located in Miami Beach, promotes the collection, preservation and understanding of decorative art and design from the period 1885-1945. The School of Theatre and Dance produces a wide variety of live student performances, and The School of Music presents an annual fall series of concerts that showcase talent in a variety of genres. The festival features FIU musicians as well as distinguished visiting performers.

Under the direction of the Creative Writing Program, the Writers on the Bay lecture series presents noted authors and poets.

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management helps present the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, one of the major culinary events in the nation.

FIU has two campuses, the 344-acre Modesto A. Maidique campus in western Miami-Dade County, and the 200-acre Biscayne Bay Campus in northeast Miami-Dade County. The University also has an academic site in Broward County, FIU Broward-Pines Center in Pembroke Pines.

A major research facility, the 40-acre Engineering Center is located near the Maidique campus. The Downtown Center, located in downtown Miami, offers graduate level business courses for busy professionals. For more information go to www.fiu.edu.
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  • 66 finalists named for lucrative Knight Arts Challenge grants

    66 finalists named for lucrative Knight Arts Challenge grants
    One of the remarkable things about the 66 finalists announced Monday for the annual Knight Arts Challenge grants is their range, both artistically and geographically. Over the course of five years,  the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has...
  • Mechanical design engineer's early-stage career gets a boost with new job

    Mechanical design engineer's early-stage career gets a boost with new job
    Who: Jose Garzon, 26, Tamarac.  From: Research and Development with Costex Tractor Parts. To: Mechanical design engineer, A.G. Findings & Mfg. Co., parent of Ballistic Case Co., Sunrise. Start date: April 1 About the company: Founded in 1993, it...
  • About Mark Rosenberg

    About Mark Rosenberg
    Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University, the seventh largest public university in the nation. A political scientist specializing in Latin America, Dr. Rosenberg is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the...
  • Trayvon Martin's brother, mother testify about more than words

    Trayvon Martin's brother, mother testify about more than words
    I don’t get the feeling that Trayvon Martin’s big brother, Jahvaris Fulton, was called to the witness stand Friday morning in Sanford, Fla., because the prosecution wanted the jury to hear his opinion about whose voice was screaming for help...
  • Report: Daytona State ranks high for its online bachelor’s degree programs

     
    Daytona State College in Volusia County has taken the No. 2 spot in a new national ranking of online bachelor's degree programs. Only two other Florida schools made the Top 50 on the list compiled by U.S. News & World Report, which has been releasing top-...
  • State extends deadline for applying for trustee positions at UCF, 3 other universities

     
    If you've ever wanted to serve on the board of trustees at the University of Central Florida, you still have time to apply. The Board of Governors, which oversees the State University System, has extended the deadline for sending in applications to...
  • Report: UCF, other Florida universities rate high in awarding degrees to minorities

     
    The University of Central Florida and several other Florida universities are among the top in the country for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students each year, a new report shows. UCF ranks 13th in the nation, according to a ranking...
  • Terps Trio: Game ball controversy, Old Dominion, signing off

    Terps Trio: Game ball controversy, Old Dominion, signing off
    Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. What was Maryland’s reaction to the story that a player could not actually keep a “game...
  • Tim Ryan, commissioner, Broward County

    Tim Ryan, commissioner, Broward County
    Last week: We mourn the loss of Clay Shaw, who died this week at age 74. My family had the privilege of knowing Congressman Shaw for many years and long admired his dignified and steadfast commitment to public service. He was among the last of the great...
  • Rollins' Cornell Museum exhibit looks at Nazi-looted art

     Rollins' Cornell Museum exhibit looks at Nazi-looted art
    I stopped by the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College this week for the opening of its exhibit looking at Nazi-looted art. Titled "Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Dusseldorf," the traveling exhibit reminds us of a dark time in art...
  • Jorge Duany, director, Cuban Research Institute, FIU

    Jorge Duany, director, Cuban Research Institute, FIU
    Last week: While most national and international media attention has focused on possible U.S. military actions in Syria, U.S. immigration reform has fallen to a secondary place in public debates. Last week, a small group of Latino activists organized a...