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Dean Anderson: Building Strong Partnerships a Priority for School of Business

May 28, 2015
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Pictured: Mauricio Ortiz (left), vice president and general manger for the Americas, Boston Scientific; and Gene Anderson, the School's dean.

Building strong community partnerships is a high priority for the School of Business, according to Gene Anderson, the School’s dean. "By teaming up with South Florida businesses, we can help our region become an even more powerful force on the world stage," said Anderson at a May 27 luncheon meeting of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.
"We believe that a world-class business community needs a world-class university."

In his talk to chamber members, Anderson said the School can provide South Florida businesses with well-qualified interns, student-driven research assistance and customized executive education programs.  In turn, area businesses can give undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to learn from real-world situations and explore their career options.

"Our school can be a rich source of ideas and insights for your organizations," Anderson added. "In turn, we welcome your feedback and comments so we can be sure our educational programs are meeting your needs."

Anderson cited the School's new specialized master's degree programs, including a new global business studies major that will be introduced this fall. "It will give our students a rich exposure to different cultures of the world with an important study-abroad component," he said. "That's just one example of how we are committed to expanding our students' perspectives in our exciting global economy."

Anderson's comments on the importance of partnerships resonated with chamber members like Marti Bueso (B. Ed ’81), director of development for Home Financing Center, a Coral Gables based mortgage bank. "We have been supporters of the University of Miami since our company was founded in 1985," she said. "We continue to value our relationship with the University, and are proud to be the official mortgage lender of the University of Miami Hurricanes."

Mauricio Ortiz, Boston Scientific's vice president and general manager for the Americas, joined Anderson on the stage for a conversation on the importance of partnerships in meeting the health care needs of the Americas.

Ortiz said that the recent conference, LIFE2015, "Improving Access to Healthcare," organized by the School of Business in partnership with Boston Scientific, was a great example of that teamwork. "We were able to bring together the CEOs of leading Latin American hospitals and insurance companies as well as other leaders for a full day of discussions on innovation and access to care," he said. "Both (University of Miami) President Donna E. Shalala and our CEO John Abele took part in the conference – a real indication of its importance."

Ortiz added that Boston Scientific has engaged the school to provide executive education programs tailored to its specific needs. "We also have student interns in our office who speak excellent Spanish and Portuguese, and help us in our mission of being leaders in healthcare throughout the Americas. We really value our partnership with the School of Business."

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