FIU: A university that grows with immigrants

Students at commencement

As the first and only public research university in Miami, FIU offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees to its students from around 142 countries. President Mark Rosenberg states, “Diversity is in our DNA.”

Many immigrants arrive in Miami with the dream of continuing their studies, and FIU has been a university that supports them in pursuing their education.

With almost 54,000 students, it is ranked among the 10 largest universities in the country. More than 200,000 people have graduated from this center, of which 115,000 reside and work in South Florida.

Currently, the predominant community in the student body is Hispanic, with 61 percent, followed by non-Hispanic whites (15 percent), African-Americans (13 percent) and others.

FIU has more than 300 academic associations, honorary and professional societies, cultural organizations, as well as three museums.

The university also has the only submarine laboratory in the world, called Aquarius, located 60 feet deep and six miles from the coasts of Key Largo, for marine habitat research. 

Dean Michael Heithaus told DIARIO LAS AMÉRICAS, “This laboratory is the only place on the planet where marine scientists can live among their research and conduct topics on marine life, among other issues.”

Eduardo Gamarra, professor of Politics and International Relations, said, “Now there are different waves of immigrants, like Peruvians, Central Americans, Colombians and Venezuelans. But everyone has that same spirit of having left their countries, and finding in FIU the opportunity to get ahead.”

To read the full story by Grethel Delgado, visit Diario Las Americas.