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Miami Dade College and Spain’s José Ortega y Gasset – Gregorio Marañon Foundation to Open School of Government in Miami for Public Service Leaders from throughout the Americas and Beyond

EJP Pérez de Armiñán

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón formally signed an agreement with Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, the Foundation’s director.

Miami, January 22, 2014 - Keeping with its mission to provide a truly international perspective to students and the community, Miami Dade College (MDC) will open a School of Government in partnership with the renowned José Ortega y Gasset – Gregorio Marañon Foundation from Spain, establishing an education program for government leaders from throughout Latin America and beyond.

MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón formally signed an agreement with Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán, the Foundation’s general director, at a ceremony today. Perez de Armiñán expressed his pleasure at the creation of this center of higher learning that would benefit elected officials, government and business leaders from Latin America and the larger Hispanic community in the United States, and that it would be located in the city known as the Gateway to the Americas.

“We are extremely pleased to enter into a partnership with the College, especially since it is the institution that graduates the most Hispanics in the United States,” said Pérez de Armiñán. “We will provide all our cultural knowledge of the Spanish language, to jump-start the program as soon as possible, plus specially designed curriculum materials for public servants.”

The Ortega  – Marañon Foundation is a cultural organization in Spain focused on the social sciences and humanities. It will contribute its vast network of cultural resources and educational services to the new School. MDC will contribute its proven teaching experience and its great influence and prestige as an institution known for promoting social development.

The new School will also benefit from the expertise of Enrique V. Iglesias, the former secretary general of the Iberoamerican General Secretariat, who will serve as an “honorary collaborator” in the endeavor. In the near future, MDC will share details of the initial steps being taken to open the School and receive the first class that will benefit from this groundbreaking initiative.

Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado was also present at the ceremony and expressed his support for this new program. The new School also has the support of several international organizations.

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