Great universities understand that they are truly the sum of their parts. They are home to programs that uplift communities and translate scientific discoveries into practical applications. These programs drive local and state economies and serve as job creators. A truly special program is more than a bragging point for advocates and alumni. It is a beacon and a catalyst.
With that in mind, Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton made the identification and support of FIU’s great—or “preeminent” programs in university parlance—a key component of the university’s 2015-2020 strategic plan, FIUBeyondPossible2020.
Last fall, Furton invited university programs to apply for the distinction and appointed a universitywide committee to review the applications. After months of consideration, President Mark B. Rosenberg and Furton announced the inaugural group of FIU preeminent programs.
“These programs are enhancing the university’s reputation, both nationally and internationally, and providing distinctive learning opportunities, conducting pioneering research and fostering engagement, and expanding the university’s financial base,” said Rosenberg and Furton in an email announcing the programs. “These programs, in addition to others across the university, are impactful programs that are enhancing lives around the globe.”
The inaugural preeminent programs are as follows:
- The Bridge Engineering Program
- The Center for Children and Families
- The Extreme Events Institute
- The Institute for Water and Environment
- The STEM Transformation Institute