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Business and Government Leaders Come Together to Help School Celebrate Launch of Executive MBA Program in Puerto Rico

September 04, 2009
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Prominent Puerto Rican business, government and education leaders, including many University of Miami alumni, joined School administrators for a reception in San Juan Sept. 3 to celebrate the launch of the School’s Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico. The new off-site program begins in October, enabling professionals living and working in the region to earn the University of Miami MBA degree in Puerto Rico without interrupting their careers. The School’s faculty members will travel to Puerto Rico to teach the classes, which will take place on Saturdays over 23 months.

Puerto Rico EMBA Launch“Puerto Rico’s natural beauty, vibrant culture, and historical significance in the Americas all create a thriving, cosmopolitan showcase for education, business and entrepreneurship,” said University President Donna E. Shalala, in remarks before nearly 75 guests. “The University of Miami has a long and rich history of working with many organizations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, and the new Executive MBA takes us a step further in achieving our mission to serve as a global resource and leader in educational innovation.”

The Executive MBA program is designed to enhance the general business, critical thinking, decision-making, and strategic skills of business executives. Emphasis is placed on global management practices, global markets, finance, and leadership development. A number of the executives who will be part of the first Puerto Rico Executive MBA class joined the dignitaries for the launch celebration.

“Part of our mission as a business school is to prepare executives for leadership positions – not just in Florida, but all over the world,” said Dean Barbara E. Kahn in her remarks at the reception. “We are especially committed to the Caribbean and the wider Latin American region. By being here, we think we have a real opportunity to play a key role in the growth of the business community and ultimately the growth of the economy of Puerto Rico.”

The launch of the Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico marks another milestone in the history of the School’s EMBA program, which is currently ranked No. 33 among all EMBA programs in The Americas by the influential Financial Times. The program, which started in 1973 at the School’s main campus, was expanded to include programs in the Bahamas in 1976, Palm Beach County, Fla. in 1996, Tampa, Fla. in 1999, and Orlando, Fla. in 2001. The School also delivers an on-campus Masters of Science and Executive MBA program taught entirely in Spanish.

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