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Miami Dade College Announces New Agreement with the University of Florida to Benefit STEM Students


MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón is shown at right signing the agreement with UF President Dr. J. Bernard Machen.

Miami, October 25, 2010 - In an effort to expand opportunities for its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students, Miami Dade College (MDC) and the University of Florida (UF) have announced today the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU). MDC presently holds more than 70 agreements with prestigious institutions across the globe, including all of Florida’s public universities. 

“This agreement exemplifies our commitment to creating new avenues to higher education for all students. With most jobs demanding college degrees, these agreements are critical to the economic growth of our country,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón. 

The agreement with UF provides assurance to any MDC student who receives an and has successfully completed majors’ biology, chemistry, and math courses, that they will be accepted into UF’s Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science degree program.  Additionally, UF will accept up to 70 credit hours of appropriate coursework toward this degree. The agreement also provides student scholarship opportunities for upper division coursework.

The most unique aspect of this program is that all upper division UF coursework will be offered either virtually or at MDC’s North Campus Science Complex. This will allow students an opportunity to graduate from UF with a BS in Microbiology and Cell Science without leaving Miami-Dade County.  MDC’s North Campus opened the doors to its $40 million Science Complex this past January. The 90,000-square-foot complex features 21 laboratories, a Palmetum, a roof-top observatory, classrooms, lecture hall, faculty and administrative offices, botanical garden, greenhouse, an outdoor plaza, and cafe.

“The Science Complex features the very latest technology and is aimed at providing exceptional learning and research opportunities for our STEM students.  We now will be able to extend these opportunities to students from UF through this magnificent partnership,” added North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente.

UF is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, it is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities.

Miami Dade College, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the nation’s largest and most diverse higher learning institution, providing its students and faculty with many opportunities for enrichment and continuing studies.  The College offers more than 300 programs of study and several degree options, including associate and baccalaureate degrees. In fact, Miami Dade partners with the University of Florida on its renowned New World School of the Arts, one of the nation’s finest arts institutions.

For more information regarding this agreement or STEM programs at Miami Dade College, please contact Heather Belmont at 305-237-1757 or

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