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Press Release for Wednesday, May 17, 2006

UNF Announces Two Business Flagship Programs

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida will announce today that the Transportation&Logistics Program and the International Business Program, both in the Coggin College of Business, have been selected as the University’s latest flagship programs.

“These two business programs are of the highest caliber,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “Each has the potential to draw talented students from around the world, tackle cutting-edge research projects and help solve problems facing today’s businesses.” Delaney will make the noon announcement today at The River Club during the 9th Annual Prime F. Osborn III Distinguished Business Leaders Award Luncheon, which is hosted by the Coggin College.

This recognition of excellence will allow these business programs to grow and expand. A total of $1.25 million dollars annually has been set aside for these programs and other flagship programs. Another flagship program will be announced this summer.

“Both the International Business and the Transportation&Logistics programs are an incredible testament to the hard work of our faculty in the Coggin College and the relevance of the programs to our students, alumni and the business community,” said Dr. John McAllister, dean of the Coggin College.

Last fall, the Transportation&Logistics Program was ranked 13th best in the country, ahead of programs at prestigious colleges such as Stanford and Harvard. This innovative program prepares students for careers in supply chain management, international logistics, transportation and distribution.

Because of the flagship designation, Transportation&Logistics will receive an additional $330,000 over the next five years. With this additional funding, UNF will be able to establish a Logistics Information Technology Solutions Laboratory, the only such facility in the state. The lab will help advance curriculum, improve student learning and professional development as well as enhance existing classroom space. The lab will have 25 computer workstations, which will be outfitted with logistics software.

UNF’s International Business Program was created 10 years ago and has quickly become a leader in preparing students for careers in the global marketplace. A national exam that all of the University’s International Business graduating seniors take places them in the top 5 percent, against more than 100,000 other seniors, in understanding global business concepts.

The International Business Program prepares students for careers in the global marketplace by supplementing their knowledge of general business issues with courses that teach functional business areas from an international perspective.

As a result of the flagship designation, the International Business Program will receive $300,000 to expand and enhance study abroad activities, starting with new opportunities for intensive language study, both on campus and abroad, for students. The business program also plans to expand its award-winning GlobalMBA program, which won a national Best Practices in International Education award. This program currently focuses on Europe but Latin American and Asian varieties will be developed in the coming years. Additional faculty will be added as well as a director to lead the International Business Program into the future.

Last summer, UNF named Community Nursing as its first flagship program. A few months after the flagship designation to the School of Nursing, Brooks Rehabilitation donated $3.6 million to the Brooks College of Health, which was matched by the State of Florida, bringing the total to $7.2 million. That money allows UNF to endow faculty positions, expand teaching and research and establish a distinguished professorship.