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School’s First Puerto Rico Executive MBA Class Finishes as Next Class Begins

October 31, 2011
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Executive MBA in Puerto Rico Class of 2011Members of the first class of the School’s Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico completed their program this month as the School welcomed its second class into the program. The graduating class, which includes 25 business professionals representing some of Puerto Rico’s leading firms, celebrated the accomplishment at a reception Oct. 29 in San Juan. Many of the degree candidates will also travel to Miami to participate in the fall commencement ceremony in December.

“This month marks two years since the University of Miami launched its Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico with the mission of educating the next generation of business leaders on the island, a testament to the School’s strong commitment to this region of the world,” said Anuj Mehrotra, vice dean for the School’s graduate business programs and faculty affairs. “We are delighted to continue our role in partnering with Puerto Rico’s business community as we work together to achieve our shared vision for the island’s economic growth and prosperity.”

Anuj Mehrotra
Anuj Mehrotra, vice dean of graduate business programs and faculty affairs

The School expanded its Executive MBA program, which has been offered on the main campus for 35 years, to Puerto Rico in 2009. It enables professionals living and working in the region to earn the University of Miami MBA degree in Puerto Rico without interrupting their careers. The same faculty who teach in the University of Miami’s main campus MBA programs fly to San Juan every weekend to teach the classes in the Puerto Rico program. Classes are held on Saturdays for a two-year period.

"The UM Executive MBA program changed my life, immediately making me more marketable and competitive," said Cristina Kolb Guzman, a specialty sales representative for Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson, employed by Quintiles, and a member of the graduating EMBA class. "The professors are first rate and the strengths of my classmates brought the experience to an even higher level.  I gained access to an incredible library of knowledge, found amazing networking opportunities, and built relationships for life with my classmates."

Graduating Executive MBA student Leonardo Maldonado (right), with guests Gladmar Meléndez (left) and Luisita Adán.

The School has also established a Puerto Rico Programs Advisory Board. The board, which includes some of the island’s leading executives, provides counsel to School leaders on its program in Puerto Rico and helps it establish new ties with the business community.

The University of Miami 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, managing global markets, understanding information, finance, and people, and on leadership development.  The program is the only program in Puerto Rico to be ranked among the world’s top Executive MBA programs by the influential Financial Times. In addition, the School’s MBA program is ranked the No. 5 program for Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine.

Graduates of the program’s first class include CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, directors, senior managers and analysts from corporations including Banco Popular, Oracle, Scotiabank, Medi-Card Systems, Johnson & Johnson, CEMEX, , PricewaterhouseCoopers, First Bank, Roche, El Nuevo Dia, and EVERTEC Inc.

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