On May 8 1949, newspaper El Mundo announced the Puerto Rico Junior College Foundation, which was located in RÃo Piedras next to the Puerto Rico High School of Commerce.
Industry and Politics IN PUERTO RICO (1958-1969) On May 1 1959, Puerto Rico Junior College received accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
On November 21 1959, the new PRJC buildings were inaugurated in Cupey and housed the Administration and Arts and Sciences divisions, with 825 newly registered students.
1960 - 1969
Acquired the main building of the Puerto Rico High School of Commerce. Before the end of the decade, the number of students had increased to 3,370. The number of professors and staff increased as well.
On January 11 1967, the Cupey campus inaugurated the JesÃºs T. PiÃ±ero Student Center.
PRJC opened its third campus in Gurabo.
During the middle of 1968, the Junior College moved temporarily with 207 students to the Turabo valley.
The Puerto Rico Junior College Foundation was established.
For the 1976-1977 academic year, student registration reached 4,445. The University offered three Bachelor Degree programs: Liberal Arts, Education, and Business Administration.
1980 - 1989
The PRJC Campus in Cupey became Colegio Universitario Metropolitano, and was later named (1985) Univerisdad Metropolitana (UMET), becoming the second AGMUS institution to offer Bachelor Degree programs.
The Computer Center was established in the first floor of the main administrative building. The installation of 40 computer terminals, 33 of which operated in the usersâ€™ offices, became a reality.
Universidad de Turabo
When Colegio Universitario del Turabo began offering programs at the graduate level, the institution changed its name to Universidad del Turabo (UT).
In 1981 the Museum and Center for Humanistic Studies was created to conserve and exhibit archeological collections from the Middle East and also promote cultural and artistic work within the university community and throughout the region.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredited this program and in 1983 received in the United States the Program Excellence Award from the National University Continuing Education Association.
Signed a letter of intent with the University of Californiaâ€™s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and Mississippiâ€™s Jackson State University to create a Science Consortium.
Channel 40 (WMTJ-TV)
The System established Channel 40 (WMTJ-TV), the first non-government educational channel in Puerto Rico. Classes were inaugurated through Channel 40 on April 22.
Initiated the Distance Education program with the Televised Studies Center project.
UMET began offering Master Degree programs.
1990 - 1999
Universidad del Turabo (UT) established the School of Engineering.
Channel 40â€™s Interactive Television System is established.
Puerto Rico Junior College became Colegio Universitario del Este (CUE), whose campus was located in Carolina. CUE included the International School of Tourism and Hotel Management.
Under the new Vision 2005 strategic plan, students were defined as clients and became the central focus of all efforts, with total client satisfaction seen as the Systemâ€™s major goal.
Model of Excellence
The National Science Foundation selected UMET as a Model Institution of Excellence (MIE).
On July 31 1996, through an agreement with the Tourism Company, CUE established the International School of Tourism and Hotel Administration.
Channel 40 was able to transmit interactive television coast to coast in Puerto Rico. This same year, the Educational Resources Center was inaugurated through an agreement with TelevisiÃ³n del Pueblo de Puerto Rico Channel 6 and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
2000 - Actualidad
Elsewhere, UT established its first Masters Online program through the Internet at the Graduate School of Administration.
UT had demonstrated its leadership in the field of sports with six championships and four sub-championships in Interuniversity Athletic League Games during the previous decade, and in 2002 inaugurated the Turabo Community Sports Complex.
In addition, the Caribbean Stranding Network, with headquarters at UMET, developed research in the ecology, life history, stranding, mortality, pathology, management and conservation of marine mammals in the Caribbean.
The International School of Tourism and Hotel Administration made an agreement with Universidad de las Islas Baleares in order to provide the School with an international scope.
In August 2003, UT received permission to begin its first Doctoral Degree programs in Business Administration and Doctorate in Education.
For the first time, a University Center was opened in Orlando, Florida and was named Metro Orlando University Center, offering bilingual and accelerated studies, as well as Bachelorâ€™s and Masterâ€™s degrees.
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