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School Expands Ties with Caribbean and Latin American Business Communities

June 29, 2011
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The School of Business has offered an Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico since 2009

The School of Business continues to strengthen its ties with the business communities of the Caribbean and wider Latin American region. School representatives traveled this month to Puerto Rico and Panama to meet with top business executives representing firms in the region.  In Puerto Rico, Anuj Mehrotra, vice dean of faculty affairs and graduate business programs, led a leadership breakfast during the 83rd annual convention of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association, which represents the island’s manufacturing and services industries. The School hosted about two dozen local business executives representing such companies as Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, UBS Financial Services, UPS, Microsoft, and Abbott Laboratories.

“We established new relationships with a number of high-level executives and highlighted the value of our MBA programs for them and their employees, as part of our continuing global outreach to the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Amelia Rea Maguire, the School’s associate dean of external affairs. “Our goal is to build upon the School’s already strong relationships and develop new ones with a diverse group of companies that may want to sponsor their employees in our programs,” added Maguire, who joined Mehrotra at the breakfast.

The School has offered an Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico since 2009 and has been developing custom executive education programs for multi-national firms with headquarters or offices on the island.  The School also offers a Global Executive MBA program, taught in Spanish on the Miami campus, which draws participants from Puerto Rico and across Latin America.

In Panama this month, Maguire and the School’s director of executive education programs, David Lecón, met with business leaders from Fortune 500 companies which have well-established operations in the Central American nation. The goal was to explore opportunities for the School to expand its executive education programs in the region. The visit was part of a trade mission hosted by the Miami-Dade County Office of Economic Development and International Trade, which promotes Miami as a global gateway both locally and abroad. During the mission, School representatives also met with Juan Carlos Arias, the president of the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama; Dayra Fábrega de Cardoze, the executive secretary of Panama’s Ministry of Social Affairs; and representatives of the City of Knowledge Foundation, which manages a business, scientific and technological park in Panama.

“The trade mission gave the School an opportunity to further our relationships with the business community, the Panamanian president’s office, and private companies for the potential expansion of a wide variety of EMBA and executive education offerings,” said Maguire.

Experts say improving education in Panama is critical to the country’s business competitiveness. As part of its efforts to increase opportunities in the region, the School recently established partnerships with such leading business schools and universities as the University of São Paulo in Brazil, the Pontifica Universidad Católica Business School in Peru (CENTRUM), and the University of San Andrés School of Business in Argentina.
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