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Monday, August 02, 2010
Educating citizens of the world
Glenn''s Located in the “heart” of San Juan, The Metropolitan University (UMET) offers quality educational services, excellent research opportunities and the option to participate in various cultural activities. The UMET offers different programs aimed at achieving professional certificates, Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Master’s Degrees and Doctoral degrees. One of the main objectives of the UMET is to internationalize their curriculum, by expanding the educational experiences of students and professors in other countries. Internationalization has included: curricular revision, especially in Business Administration, Environmental Subjects, Languages and Sciences, Student and Professor Exchange programs, internships, academic and professional business visits, student trips, international speakers and dignitaries and cooperation deals with universities and institutions from other countries. Student Exchange and Internship Programs The UMET has coordinated educational opportunities with important foreign universities in the United Stars, Latin America and Europe. The Model Institution of Excellence (NSF), the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) of the Fulbright Foundation of the Department of State (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) and funds from the Federal Department of Education under FIPSE and Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program grants are assisting students, faculty and administration officers to participate in educational opportunities, trips and research programs in other countries. Following this line of international projection, the vice-dean of International and Corporate Affairs recently traveled to China with a Fulbright grant. During the summer of 2006, 75 UMET students participated in undergraduate research internships in prestigious universities and research institutes such as: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, State University of New York, Texas A&M University, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, and “Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas” in Spain among others. UMET students are participating in international research in Singapore, Spain, Japan, Chile, Italy, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Venezuela, Australia, Canada and Mexico. The University reached an agreement with the José Ortega and Gasset Foundation (FOG), in Toledo, Spain to implement a study foreign country program; as part of this agreement, four students traveled to Spain to study for a semester at the FOG. The UMET has also opened their campus to foreign students. Recently with the sponsorship of “Fondo para el Mejoramiento de la Educación Postsecundaria del Departamento de Educación de Estados Unidos (FIPSE)” the UMET has reached an accord with the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense y la Universidade Federal do Amazonas, en Brazil, to exchange students, educational material and research. Currently there are twelve (12) students participating in the exchange program with Brazil.