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Vice Provost’s Message

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Florida International University’s beautiful Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC). BBC occupies a truly unique spot on the coast of higher education. Located on Biscayne Bay, BBC enjoys a close-knit community typical of a small liberal arts college with the extensive institutional resources of a major urban public research university. In essence, BBC offers students the best of both worlds.

The campus is home to nationally and internationally recognized academic programs. The Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has been regarded as one of the top hospitality management programs in the United States. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and the world choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations, expert faculty, rich curriculum and fast-track career opportunities in the international hotel, food service, and tourism industries. In August 2006, FIU unveiled the first American hospitality and tourism school in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China Program is FIU’s largest international program, with capacity for up to 1,200 students.

At the vanguard of pioneering programs, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Florida International University is led by a talented group of global educators and professionals who stress teaching and writing excellence. The SJMC prepares students to respond to the rapid and dramatic changes in the media industry. It is the role of the SJMC to lead the way and chart the path for new directions in the industry – through its community engagement, cross-disciplinary programs, education abroad, global learning initiatives and commitment to research. The SJMC has a rich history of award-winning faculty and alumni with prestigious accolades, including eight Pulitzer Prizes, a number of Fulbright scholars and many Emmys, Silver Anvils, ADDYs and Clios, among others. Since its first accreditation in 1991, the School has distinguished itself as a leader in global and digital communications. The school offers five majors: Advertising, Broadcast Media, Digital Media Studies, Journalism, and Public Relations.

And those are just our professional schools. The College of Arts, Sciences & Education (CASE) and the School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) have at their core a mission to ensure the long-term health and well-being of the planet and its societies through inspirational teaching and stimulating creative works, as well as groundbreaking research and global community engagement.

With more than 140 core faculty in the departments of Biological Sciences, Earth and Environment, and English, SEAS offers undergraduate, graduate and combined degrees in addition to undergraduate and graduate certificates. SEAS houses several programs, centers and institutes and features the nationally recognized Agroecology Program that educates high school and university students in sustainable agriculture and the Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research (FCE LTER) Schoolyard, which provides projects and lessons for K-12 students. The school’s EcoAcademy Summer Camp brings 6-14 year-old students to FIU every summer for marine science activities, arts and crafts, swimming and kayaking. The Creative Writing program at BBC is also recognized as being one of the top-five programs of its kind in the nation. Recognizing the impact of community engagement, SEAS supports numerous public lecture series and events and is vested in outreach activities.

We also have a renowned high school on campus. The Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) is the only public high school in Florida that enjoys a collaborative partnership with a public university. Located on the Biscayne Bay Campus, MAST@FIU BBC is the only magnet school in Miami-Dade County Public Schools that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the context of Marine and Environmental Science.

BBC boasts a student body of more than 5,500 and celebrates the international and multicultural heritage of our students and faculty. Beyond the classroom, BBC offers a wide array of activities for students, including a host of student organizations, recreational activities – such as day and evening Kayaking on the Bay – and a variety of academic lectures and events. We have something for everyone.

The largest public university in South Florida, FIU is the People’s University, and the Biscayne Bay Campus is no exception. We encourage community members to visit our campus, attend our events, and take advantage of the many educational and recreational activities open to the public. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute holds classes every semester for interested adults, and the Kovens Conference Center is a wonderful option for meetings, conferences and social events and features a terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay.

The Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University is an urban oasis offering high-quality academic degrees, professional programs, and community events in an amazing location. You are invited to visit us – either online or in-person at any time.

Sincerely,

Steven V. Moll
Vice Provost