September 02, 2009 — Coral Gables — Three University of Miami graduate schools have been ranked among the top ten U.S. schools for Hispanic students by Hispanic Business magazine in its 2009 Diversity Report, published in the September issue.
For the fourth year in a row, UM’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five. This year it garnered the second spot. Only Stanford University School of Medicine ranked higher. UM’s School of Business Administration is ranked No. 3 in the nation, while UM’s School of Law went up three slots from last year, to become No. 5 in this year’s ranking.
"We are very pleased to be recognized for providing a highly desirable learning and professional growth environment for Hispanics seeking to succeed in business careers,” said Barbara E. Kahn, dean of the School of Business Administration. “The UM School of Business Administration, with its strategic location at the gateway to Latin America, diverse faculty and student body, and long-running graduate programs designed specifically for Hispanics both from the U.S. and Latin America, is fast becoming the business educator of choice for Hispanics from around the world."
The Hispanic Business rankings are based on a survey to determine which business schools offer the most to Hispanics. The UM School of Business’s full-time faculty is more than 20 percent Hispanic and nearly a quarter of the School’s full-time M.B.A. class of 2008 was Hispanic. The School is one of the only U.S. business schools to offer a Master of Science in Professional Management and an Executive M.B.A. program taught entirely in Spanish. The program draws executive participants from such Latin American countries as Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador. Beginning in October, the School will deliver an Executive M.B.A. program in Puerto Rico for executives and other professionals living in the commonwealth.
More than a quarter of the students at UM's School of Law are minorities, and many of its graduates are prominent in Miami’s Latin community. Its long-time commitment to the study of transnational and comparative law also adds to its allure for minority students.
“The University of Miami School of Law is truly multicultural,” said Patricia D. White, dean of the UM School of Law, “and we have a strong tradition of educating outstanding Hispanic lawyers. We are proud to have been recognized once again by Hispanic Business Magazine.”
"At UM Law, diversity means more than just celebrating each student’s culture,” said third-year student Audrey Pumariega. “It means understanding the needs of Miami’s multicultural community and our future clientele."
UM’s Miller School of Medicine had been ranked third for the past three years, but this year enjoys the No. 2 spot in the Hispanic Business magazine rankings.
“We are very proud to have increased our ranking as one of the nation’s best medical schools for Hispanic students,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School. “It is an honor to have our commitment to diversity recognized in this way. We work hard to make sure our student body reflects the community in which we care for patients.”
The Hispanic Business magazine’ s 2009 Best Schools for Hispanics report feature the top ten schools in the field of medicine, law, business and engineering. The rankings are based on questionnaires sent in by the schools, reporting on enrollment, percentage of Hispanic faculty, the number of programs that recruit Hispanic students, retention rates, and student services.
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