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Miami Dade College and Ortega-Marañon Foundation to Launch the Goberna Las Americas-Miami School of Good Government at MDC this Fall with an Inauguration

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Miami, July 10, 2014 - Keeping with its mission to provide a truly international perspective to students and the community, Miami Dade College (MDC) will officially launch GOBERNA Las Americas – Miami, a school of government created in partnership with the renowned Ortega-Marañon Foundation from Spain, establishing an education program in Spanish for government leaders from throughout Latin America and Hispanics living in the United States.

The inaugural event, titled “Encounter on Democracy and Citizenship,” will take place November 13 and 14, 2014, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami and will be followed the next week by the beginning of two executive courses on Migration as well as on Citizen Security. Among those expected to participate at the inaugural event are very high-ranking government officials from the U.S., Latin America and Spain. The King of Spain and President Obama have also been invited. Many important topics will be discussed at the inaugural event, including economic prosperity, human rights, gender equality, public/private partnerships, and others.

The two institutions formed a partnership earlier this year to create a unique center of higher learning that would benefit elected government officials, and business and civil society leaders from Latin America and the larger Hispanic community in the United States. Programs, which combine face-to-face courses and distance learning, aim to strengthen the design, management and implementation of policies by analyzing real cases and policy approaches from Latin America and the challenges to Hispanic-related issues in the United States.  

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, the higher education institution with the largest campus-based enrollment in the U.S. and which graduates the highest number of Hispanics, will contribute its proven teaching experience, its location and 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 Iberoamerican Secretary General, who will serve as an “honorary collaborator and advisor” in the endeavor. The primary goal of the first encounter is to facilitate the discussion of various common challenges as well as promoting consensus-building around the various visions of Latin American leadership and the U.S. Hispanic world. The Goberna Las Americas-Miami School at MDC will be fully operational in February 2015 with a full slate of exciting programs. 

For more information on courses, please contact Ms. Laia Aguiló at 305-302-1315. A new website will launch soon with more information.       

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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