Ana G. Méndez University

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Universidad Ana G. Méndez
Universidad Ana G. Mendez (UAGM)
Latin: Universitas Anagmendezdina
Former names
Puerto Rico High School of Commerce
MottoStudium ral lux ( Latin)
Motto in English
Light of enlightenment
TypePrivate university
Established1941; 79 years ago (1941)
AffiliationNon-sectarian
ChairmanDr. Félix Rodríguez Schmidt [1]
PresidentJosé F. Méndez Méndez [2]
President EmeritusJosé F. Méndez González [3]
Students24,700
Location,
ColorsOrange Velvet
Website anagmendez.net
UAGM-logo.png

The Ana G. Méndez University (UAGM) is a private university system with its main campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Campuses

The Ana G. Méndez University system has campuses in the following cities in Puerto Rico and mainland United States.

Campus Former Name Location Refs
Ana G. Méndez Online   Online  
Cupey Campus Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
Gurabo Campus Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR [4]
Carolina Campus Universidad del Este Carolina, PR [5]
Capital Area Campus   Wheaton, MD [6]
Dallas Area Campus   Dallas, TX [7]
Metro Orlando Campus   Conway, FL [8]
South Florida Campus   Miami Lakes, FL [9]
Tampa Bay Campus   Egypt Lake-Leto, FL [10]

On January 2, 2019 the institution announced that the Universidad Metropolitana, Universidad del Turabo and Universidad del Este would cease to exist as independent entities of each other and would join to become the Ana G. Mendez University System. [11]

The University also operates a television station, WMTJ, in Rio Piedras, San Juan, PR.

Universidad Ana G. Méndez in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Gurabo campus

The Gurabo campus, usually referred to as the Universidad del Turabo, covers 140 acres with fifteen buildings. The campus includes a library with a computer center, two museums, four auditoriums, a bookstore, two cafeterias, one café, and dedicated computer centers and studying rooms in some academic departments. The university also has a sports complex with its respective gym, weight room, running track, 25-meter swimming pool, baseball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, and other green areas for student recreation. The University consists of seven major colleges:

Museums and libraries

The University has libraries available for the use of students as well as a virtual library where books and useful information is readily available or easily requested for specific researches or projects. The main library includes a computer room, studying areas, conference rooms, and the library itself. There is a library-museum named after the former governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Rosselló, as " Biblioteca Museo Dr. Pedro Rosselló", which includes a museum, library, studying area, and an auditorium. There is also a main museum with a center for humanistic studies named " Dra. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez" and the entrance is free of charge.

History

University of Turabo

Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Gurabo
Universidad del Turabo
University of Turabo logo.png
MottoPensar es Crear la Luz de la Vida
Motto in English
Thinking is Creating the Light of Life
TypePrivate University
Established1972
RectorE. David Méndez
Academic staff
150 full-time
Administrative staff
200 adjunct professors
Students16,000
Undergraduates13,000
Location,
18°14′23″N 66°00′23″W / 18.239647°N 66.006259°W / 18.239647; -66.006259
Latitude and Longitude:

18°14′23″N 66°00′23″W / 18.239647°N 66.006259°W / 18.239647; -66.006259
Campus140 acres (main campus)
Colors         
MascotTaínos (from Taíno)
Website ut.suagm.edu

University of Turabo (now the Gurabo campus) was established in 1972. [12] In 1974 it earned accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Puerto Rico Higher Education Council.

In 2004, it began the doctoral program in Environmental Sciences and the advent of the Strategic Plan for Scientific Research. Today, enrollment exceeds 15,000 students of which over 450 are doctoral level.[ citation needed]

In 2018, the National Science Foundation announced a partnership between the University of Turabo and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source at Cornell University (CHESS). [13]

It offered academic studies from technical certificates to doctorates degrees in seven schools: Engineering, Science and Technology, Health Sciences, Education, Business and Administration, Design and Architecture, and Social Sciences.

Metropolitan University

The Metropolitan University —or Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in Spanish— is a private, non-profit, and secular university system in Puerto Rico which is now part of the Ana G. Mendez University. It has five campuses:

  • Aguadilla
  • Bayamón
  • Jayuya
  • San Juan - the main campus and usually referred to as the Metropolitan University itself as it was the first campus and is the largest one.
  • Comerio

Universidad del Este

Cabo Rojo campus

Universidad del Este (UNE) was a private non-profit institution of higher education. Founded in 1949 as Puerto Rico Junior College, it grew into a four-year institution in 1992 and finally evolved into a university in 2001. Universidad del Este offered occupational, liberal arts, education, health, science and business programs leading to certificates, associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs in different disciplines. Its main campus was located in Carolina, Puerto Rico. The university also maintained five off-campus sites located in Yauco, Utuado, Cabo Rojo, Manatí and Santa Isabel. In August 2003, Universidad del Este established its first branch campus, Metro Orlando University Center located in Orlando, Florida.

Athletics

The university offers athletic scholarships to outstanding freshman athletes with strong academic potential in swimming, basketball, volleyball, cross country, and others. It has participated in the Puerto Rico Inter-university Athletics League (LAI) (Spanish: Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico) since 1975.

Notable alumni

In 2013, the United States army noted that graduates of the University of Turabo often become leaders in the US army. [14]

  • Alfredo Alejandro Carrión - Puerto Rican politician and the current mayor of Juncos, PR. Completed a bachelor's degree in business administration at UT.
  • Narden Jaime Espinosa - Puerto Rican politician affiliated with the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Completed a bachelor's degree in business management, with a major in marketing, from UT.
  • José Luis Caldero - Superintendent of the Puerto Rico police, completed a master's degree in public affairs at UT.
  • Eduardo E. Cintrón Suarez - Puerto Rican politician and the current mayor of Guayama, completed a master's degree in business administration at UT.
  • Luis Vargas Velásquez - artistic gymnast who participated in '04 Summer Olympics, completed a master's degree in health promotion at UT.
  • Pedro Rosselló - Physician and politician who served as the seventh Governor of Puerto Rico from 1993 to 2001. He was president of the New Progressive Party from 1991 to 1999 and 2003 to 2008, and served as senator for the District of Arecibo from 2005 to 2008. At UT, Rosselló completed his doctorate in education, with a specialization in educational leadership.

References

  1. ^ " Junta Directores". (Spanish). Universidad Ana G. Méndez. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  2. ^ " Presidente José F. Méndez Méndez" (Spanish). Universidad Ana G. Méndez. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  3. ^ " President Emeritus". (Spanish). Universidad Ana G. Méndez. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  4. ^ " Sobre Nosotros" (Spanish). Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Gurabo. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  5. ^ " Recinto de Carolina" (Spanish). Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Gurabo. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  6. ^ " Our DC Campus". Ana G. Méndez University. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  7. ^ " Dallas Area Campus". Ana G. Méndez University. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  8. ^ " Metro Orlando Campus". Ana G. Méndez University. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  9. ^ " South Florida Campus". Ana G. Méndez University. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  10. ^ " Tampa Bay Campus". Ana G. Méndez University. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  11. ^ "La UMET, la UNE y la Universidad del Turabo cambian de nombre". El Nuevo Dia (in Spanish). San Juan, Puerto Rico: GFR Media. January 2, 2019. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  12. ^ https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/universidad-del-turabo-11719
  13. ^ "NSF awards forge partnerships between minority-serving institutions and leading research facilities". www.nsf.gov.
  14. ^ "College graduates become leaders in the US Army". www.army.mil.

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