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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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  • FAU jumps in state rankings, may get more money

    FAU jumps in state rankings, may get more money
    Florida Atlantic University has climbed from the bottom to the middle of a state ranking system and now could be eligible for millions of extra dollars. FAU tied the University of West Florida as the sixth highest performing of 11 public universities...
  • Teacher suspended 5 days for calling teen 'Taliban'

    Teacher suspended 5 days for calling teen 'Taliban'
    A French teacher at Cypress Bay High school in Weston will serve a five day suspension without pay for referring to a Muslim student multiple times as "Taliban" in school. The School Board approved the suspension without discussion on Tuesday, despite...
  • Chipotle executive to speak at 'Women Who Lead'

    Chipotle executive to speak at 'Women Who Lead'
    Chipotle Mexican Grill's highest ranking woman executive, Gretchen Selfridge, will be a featured speaker at Florida International University's annual Women Who Lead Conference on March 25. The two-day conference, which begins Tuesday is designed to...
  • Soldiers put human face to IDF while on tour

    Soldiers put human face to IDF while on tour
    When the idea for the "Israeli Soldiers Tour" was first put to StandWithUs executive director Roz Rothstein — who founded the international nonprofit pro-Israel education organization in 2001 — she didn't think it was a very good idea. "I...
  • Thursday's local interest men's college basketball: VCU staves off Fordham, will get third try vs. Richmond

    Thursday's local interest men's college basketball: VCU staves off Fordham, will get third try vs. Richmond
    Treveon Graham scored 22 points and Melvin Johnson added 16 as VCU held off Fordham 63-57 in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament Thursday in Brooklyn, N.Y. Fifth-seeded VCU (23-9) advanced to the quarterfinals to play Richmond at 2:30 p.m....
  • Wednesday's local interest college basketball roundup: Norfolk State climbs from 15-point hole to reach MEAC semis; ODU women advance

    MEN: Norfolk State started poorly Wednesday night but finished the evening looking like a contender. Jeffrey Short scored 25 points on 9-for-14 shooting to lead No. 2 seed NSU to a 68-54 win over seventh-seeded South Carolina State in the Mid-...
  • NSU hosts Give Kids a Smile Day

    NSU hosts Give Kids a Smile Day
    It's not every day children get a dental exam with a Transformer or Elsa and Anna from "Frozen" cheering them on. However, that was the scene as more than 500 children were given free oral care services as part of Nova Southeastern University's Give...
  • Protesters support student called Taliban by teacher

    Protesters support student called Taliban by teacher
    About a dozen protesters gathered outside the Broward School Board building in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday to demand justice for a student whose teacher allegedly called him a "rag head Taliban." Youssef Wardani said a French teacher at Cypress Bay High...
  • Carnival Corp. appoints Marie McKenzie to new VP role

    Carnival Corp. appoints Marie McKenzie to new VP role
    Carnival Corp. & PLC on Monday announced the appointment of Marie McKenzie to the new position of vice president of global destinations services and sourcing. As part of her new function, McKenzie will lead a team that will coordinate and manage...
  • WPBT, FIU produce web series on rising sea levels

    WPBT, FIU produce web series on rising sea levels
    The threat of sea level rise comes into focus in a new weekly web series from WPBT-Ch. 2 and Florida International University. The nine-part-program, "Sea Level Rise Impact," which launched Feb. 18, looks at how rising sea levels are affecting various...
  • Path to higher pay runs through sensor center: Editorial

    Path to higher pay runs through sensor center: Editorial
    Some Floridians couldn't resist the urge to boast last year after we passed New York to become the nation's third most-populous state. But here's a more humbling statistic: Florida still ranks in the bottom half of states — far behind New York...