FIU expands footprint onto Brickell

MIAMI (Sept. 16, 2011) – Florida International University has expanded its footprint eastward with the Sept. 16 inauguration of a new location at 1101 Brickell Ave.

“As an anchor institution in South Florida, FIU needs to be where our students are,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “Our growth strategy focuses our teaching, research and creative energies in service to and engagement with our community.”

This fall, FIU welcomed 46,000 students, its highest enrollment in history, and 141 new faculty members. The new location augments existing facilities on two campuses, two other centers and The Wolfsonian-FIU on Miami Beach. FIU is expected to add 2,000 students a year for the next five years and award 100,000 new degrees by 2020.

FIU Downtown on Brickell is home to graduate programs in public administration and business, as well as the School of International and Public Affairs’ flagship program, the Master of Arts in Global Governance. The Metropolitan Center, a public affairs center focused on economic development, land use, housing, and applied social research, is also housed at 1101 Brickell.

“We are delighted to be able to bring our extraordinary MAGG degree to professionals already working in the area,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kenneth Furton. “We are also pleased that the Metropolitan Center, which has a long history of working with our urban leaders, will continue to serve that community at this new location.”

FIU Downtown on Brickell encompasses 32,000 square feet of space that house classrooms, case rooms, faculty and administrative offices and dining facilities. The space was built to FIU’s specifications and displays reproductions from The Wolfsonian-FIU collection. Click here for a video tour of FIU Downtown on Brickell .

“Downtown Miami is now a vibrant urban center where people not only work but live — with 200,000 workers in the area daily and more than 70,000 residents calling it home,” said Miami Downtown Development Authority Director Alyce Robertson. “As an international destination, downtown will benefit greatly from the increased access to higher learning.