Miami’s cultural diversity, international ties and location in one of the world’s fastest-growing connectors make it an ideal place to prepare for a future where all business will be global. Although our actual curriculum does not differ much from that of other U.S. business schools, there tends to be more international content in our classrooms. For instance, students learn from the international experiences of their classmates, 25 percent of whom are fully international, while another 15 percent have dual nationalities. We have about 90 regular, tenure-track professors who come from over 35 different countries. Additionally, we have an entire degree program in Spanish, and we have almost enough staff to do one entirely in Portuguese.
As a business school, we build strong recruiting relationships with companies in South Florida. One aspect of this is that we are hosting more alumni and corporate connections events. We want as many people as possible to become engaged with the school at different levels so we can have a better understanding of the needs of the business community.
Looking ahead, our objective is to become the most global U.S. business school and we are well positioned to do that. We launched eight new programs this year, including four specialty master’s programs in business analytics, finance, international business and economics, and two executive MBA programs. Our flagship executive MBA program is the Miami Executive MBA for the Americas, while the other is the Miami Executive MBA for Artists and Athletes.
We are still at a stage where, when local companies are thinking about developing their executives, they are not sending them to schools here in Miami. This is a problem of perception. We would like companies to understand that we know this market and how it operates better than schools they are sending their people to up north. I am not sure the market here fully recognizes how high quality the local educational institutions have become, because it has really happened in a very short time. One of our challenges is getting the word out.