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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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  • 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...
  • 10 vie for four seats on County Court bench

    Incumbent judges don't often face competition when they seek re-election, but it's been known to happen. In the Aug. 14 primary, two Broward County judges are facing challenges. One, Robert F. "Bob" Diaz of Group 10, has been on the bench since 1992...
  • F-I-Brew

     F-I-Brew
    Beer is a quintessential part of the college experience, but what if it was part of your homework? At Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, students are offered an opportunity to brew their own...
  • O, Miami verses the world

    O, Miami verses the world
    P. Scott Cunningham (photos by Beth Black) On a recent Wednesday morning in Miami’s Design District, P. Scott Cunningham settled into a corner table of a clamorous French bakery, his back to the window facing Second Avenue, its parade of cars...
  • Floridians' consumer confidence sinks amid fears of stalled national economy

    Floridians' consumer confidence sinks amid fears of stalled national economy
    Floridians' consumer confidence sank in June amid new worries that the economy was slowing or even stalling, according to a University of Florida survey released Tuesday. Overall consumer confidence dropped four points this month to 74, after jumping...
  • Another 'lost decade' for Florida's middle class?

    Another 'lost decade' for Florida's middle class?
    Many middle-class families in high unemployment states like Florida will likely have to struggle longer to regain the income they had more than a decade ago, according to a report released Tuesday. The Washington-based Economic Policy Institute predicted...
  • Clinton brings lofty rhetoric, wonky details, fierce partisanship to FIU

    Clinton brings lofty rhetoric, wonky details, fierce partisanship to FIU
    – Marking the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that registering to vote and participating in elections is a way to honor the service members who defend the nation's security....
  • For every job added, 25 in Florida still don't have one

    Friday, Feb. 4 The national unemployment rate slipped from 9.4 percent to 9.0 percent from December 2010-January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Friday. Florida's jobless rate won't be reported until March 7 -- the states take a break...
  • Family Support

    Abuse Registry Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline¬†¬† ¬†800-962-2873 Adoption Miami-Dade County Baptist Children’s Home www.fbchomes.org; Faith-based, nonprofit organization seeks stable Christian homes for children....
  • Meeting tonight on power lines proposed on edge of Everglades National Park

    Meeting tonight on power lines proposed on edge of Everglades National Park
    Environmentalists hope for a big crowd today at a hearing at Florida International University on a proposal for a set of power lines along the eastern border of Everglades National Park. Florida Power & Light Co. wants to construct three sets of lines to...