The University of Miami School of Business hosted a reception earlier this month to recognize the first recipients of new scholarships for the School’s Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico. The scholarships were made available through a partnership with the José Jaime Pierluisi Foundation.
The award recipients, Gabriel de Cárdenas, Natalia Castiel, Rafael Torres, Rafael González, and Viviana Rosaly, were joined at the celebration in San Juan by alumni of the Puerto Rico Executive MBA program, as well as representatives from the School and the Pierluisi Foundation.
The Foundation provided five $10,000 scholarships for the class that began in October 2013. The $10,000 award was in addition to scholarships of up to $15,000 offered by the School of Business to the same candidates, bringing the total scholarship amount to as much as $25,000 for each awardee. The School of Business and the Pierluisi Foundation selected the scholarship recipients jointly, basing the awards on several factors including demonstrated need, previous academic experience, and leadership potential.
The school has offered its Executive MBA program in Puerto Rico since 2009, with classes held each Saturday in San Juan. The same professors who teach on the school’s main campus in Miami fly to Puerto Rico each weekend to teach the classes there. With classes held locally and on Saturday, professionals living and working in Puerto Rico can earn the University of Miami MBA degree without interrupting their careers.
The Puerto Rico Executive MBA program is designed to enhance the general business, critical thinking, decision-making and strategic skills of business executives. Emphasis is placed on global management practices; global markets; understanding information, finance, and people; and leadership development. Classes are held at the headquarters of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association in San Juan.