The University of Miami is a private university in Southeast Florida. Founded in the year 1925, today it is considered to be the largest private research university in the United States with various facilities in the Miami area.
The main campus is located in the City of Coral Gables. Studies at UM cover a broad range of majors, from Music to Business Administration. In particular however, the medical school, the School of Marine And Atmospheric Science and the Koubek Center for Continuing Education stand out for their innovation in research and practical experience that contribute to the global and local communities.
The Miller School of Medicine, referred to as the medical campus is located in downtown Miami. It is a teaching hospital which treats 1 million patients a year. Founded in 1952, it is oriented toward education, research and care-giving and is an active healthcare provider in South Florida. As the only academic medical center in southern Florida, the Miller School provides medical personnel to a dozen hospitals and care-centers in Miami-Dade County. It has some 1,300 ongoing research projects. Among the recognition for its many accomplishments in medicine, its Bascom Palmer Eye Institute was listed by US News &World Report in 2006 as the top ophthalmologic hospital in the U.S.
The University's Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science began in 1943 when the Board of Trustees established the Marine laboratory. Today, located on Biscayne Bay, the school has a 16-building campus with state of the art computer networking and visualization abilities, an electron microscope, a 96-foot research catamaran and ocean and atmospheric science labs on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Explorer of the Seas.
400,000 invertebrate specimens are found in the on-campus research museum, one of the most extensive collections of tropical invertebrates anywhere.
Research includes satellite oceanography, global marine and atmospheric chemistry, ocean acoustics, and freshwater bio-medical sciences. The University of Miami is a leader in seismic and hurricane studies as well. Scientists at the Rosentiel School are among the best funded in the country with 48 million dollars annually in extramural research.
The Koubek Center at UM also deserves special mention as far as services provided to the community. The Koubek Center, the Division for Continuing and International education is located in Miami's Little Havana, providing non-accredited continuing education opportunities and English as a Second language to local residents.
In many ways the University of Miami is a pioneer in practical research that engages students with the world around them and contributes to the quality of life in South Florida and beyond.
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