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Universidad Metropolitana (UMET)

 

UMET University at San Juan, Puerto Rico, CaribbeanUMET University at San Juan, Puerto Rico, Caribbean

Universidad Metropolitana forms part of SUAGM which consists of the following campuses. 

  • Universidad del Este is the youngest institution in the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS), with its creation resting on the historical and educational prestige of Puerto Rico Junior College -- the first institution on the island to offer Associate Degree programs (1949).
  • Universidad del Turabo (UT) - Originally established as a secondary campus of the former Puerto Rico Junior College (1969); Universidad del Turabo (UT) became autonomous in 1972 under the name Colegio Universitario del Turabo (CUT). In 1982 the school was authorized to change its name to Universidad del Turabo (UT).
  • Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) was originally established as a secondary campus of the former Puerto Rico Junior College (1969). In 1980 the school gained autonomy under the name Colegio Universitario Metropolitano (CUM) and in 1985 received authorization to change its name to Universidad Metropolitana (UMET). In 1988 it offered the first graduate programs in Education and Business Administration.
  • The Metro Orlando Campus of Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez represents a continuation of our commitment to bring access to quality, university-level education for adult Latino students.
  • The South Florida Campus of Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez represents a continuation of our commitment to bring access to quality, university-level education for adult Latino students.

 

UMET
http://www.suagm.edu/umet

The Birth of the Institution

Ana Gonzáles de Méndez, along with Alfredo Muñiz Souffront and Florencia Pagán Cruz, founded what was then called the Puerto Rico High School of Commerce in Río Piedras in 1941. This institution would later officially be named the Puerto Rico Junior College (PRJC).

History of UMET
http://www.suagm.edu/en/historia.asp?cn_id=488

UMET

The Cupey campus of the PRJC became the Metropolitan College (Colegio Universitario Metropolitano), which later (1985) was named Metropolitan University (Univerisdad Metropolitana [UMET]). It was the second institution of the AGMUS to offer Bachelor’s programs.

1995

Model of Excellence

The UMET was named Model Institution of Excellence (MIE) by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

2002

Also, the Caribbean Network of Beached Sea Mammals (Red Caribeña de Varamientos), an organization headquartered at the UMET, has developed research projects on the ecology, life history, beaching, mortality, pathology, as well as management and conservation of Caribbean sea mammals.


Vision and Mission 

Our Vision

  • To position ourselves as a community university that is continuously evaluating and responding to social, economic, and political changes that affect student development.
  • To be recognized for our commitment to environmental issues and as a leader in science and technology.
  • To be recognized as an institutional innovator in technology education through the use of telecommunications and distance education solutions.
  • To be recognized as a leading institution in undergraduate research in Puerto Rico.

Our Mission

  • Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) is a private non-sectarian non-profit higher learning institution that offers a variety of academic programs, including certificates, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. The institution is distinguished by the local and global relevance of its academic programs, providing its students and faculty with educational opportunities of local and international character. The curriculum is continually updated in harmony with changes in technology, the economy, job market, demographic changes, as well as global challenges and opportunities.
  • UMET’s mission is to provide students an environment of academic freedom and intellectual challenge that allows them to develop high ethical and cultural values, a responsive attitude, intellectual curiosity, linguistic and technological capabilities, and the professional and personal skills necessary to easily and successfully find employment. The educative experience is sustained by innovative technology used in teaching, learning, and process assessment. Our commitment to teaching quality, scientific research at the undergraduate and graduate levels, provide internship opportunities both in and outside Puerto Rico, promote student and faculty exchange programs with prestigious international institutions, and encourage community service as distinctive aspects of our institutional task. UMET is an institution committed to environmental conservation and sustainable development.
  • UMET’s admissions policy is flexible and offers a variety of study options and various curricular categories, making a quality education accessible to sectors of the population at our main campus and university centers, which are supported by a highly qualified faculty, committed to teaching excellence. Our academic and student support services are provided in an integrated manner that is aimed at helping students reach their academic goals and develop both socially and culturally. UMET recognizes its responsibility to provide on-campus and distant education services through its university centers to expand higher education options in Puerto Rico.
  • UMET is a learning community that responds with agility to the needs and interests of its students, faculty, and administrative personnel, which includes adequate, secure, and attractive facilities. We are characterized by teamwork, a profound sense of pertinence amongst the various integrated groups, and a commitment to the professional and personal development. UMET also recognizes that learning is a lifelong process and values adult education as one of its great contributions to non-traditional higher education.
    UMET promotes individual and collective commitment to excellence in all facets of university life; in a highly challenging intellectual environment with ample opportunities for developing talent and human potential.
     

School of Environmental Affairs 

Welcome to the School of Environmental Affairs (SEA)
SEA seeks to train professionals, develop environmental awareness, and work to solve environmental problems faced by our society. As a result, SEA has developed a number of academic, research, community impact projects, and professional education components.
Universidad Metropolitana has been a pioneer in establishing and declaring environmental policy, and is the only academic institution in Puerto Rico that has a high-ranking academic division dedicated to the environment. The SEA was created in 1996 and has since graduated more than 110 environmental managers and 50 environmental educators in Puerto Rico.

SEA has developed more than 45 community-related environmental research and education projects in order to provide counsel and alternatives to solving environmental problems. These projects have generated data and knowledge that has been printed in close to 22 scientific-environmental publications. Continuing professional education is one of our school’s primary objectives, and we have trained close to 700 teachers for the Department of Education. 

We characterize ourselves by our high external image, which has been validated by various distinctions such as the Environmental Quality Award, which is given by the Environmental Protection Agency and recognizes professionals and community groups in Puerto Rico’s scientific-environmental field.

Carlos M. Padín Bibiloni
Dean
  

Academic Programs 
  
Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM)

The Master of Science in Environmental Management requires that students take 42 credits distributed as follows: 15 credits in core studies, 15 in specialty courses, 6 in electives, and 6 in the research component. The program is structured in 9-week terms, and all classes of the graduate program meet once a week in 4 ½ hour sessions during evenings and Saturdays. This Master's degree has three specializations: Environmental Planning, Environmental Evaluation and Risk Management, and Natural Resource Conservation and Management.

Master of Arts in Environmental Studies (MAES)
Specialization in Environmental Education
The Master of Arts in Environmental Studies program with a specialty in Environmental Education integrates Environmental Science with teaching and Cultural-Social dimensions. Offers academic preparation that allows the student to acquire the necessary knowledge in environmental education: environmental, economic, historical, social, political, cultural, and ethical aspects. The program is in line with professional standards in Environmental Education, as stated by international organizations.

Environmental Planning (EP)
Specialization in Environmental Planning
This program develops professionals through theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge for interpreting, designing, and participating in planning processes, organization, and environmental measures in local, regional, and statewide settings. Graduates can work as advisors, consultants, and analysis and planning experts for various state and municipal agencies, as well as for institutions and private companies.
Graduates will also be eligible to take the exam to obtain their Planners License, under the Puerto Rico State Department’s Examiners Board of Planners.
 
Agreements and Memorandum of Understanding 

The following list represents a sample of the agencies or institutions with which we have formed agreements and environmental research, planning, and education work or project collaborations.

Universities and Organizations

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Mount Sinai Medical School, New York.
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
  • Rutgers University.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • University of Granada, Spain.
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Universidad Livre do Meio Ambiente, Curitiba, Brazil.
  • Universidad Federal do Amazonas, Manao, Brazil.
  • Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Río de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • National Registry of Environmental Professionals.
  • Sierra Club.

Local Government Agencies

  • Department of Natural and Environmental Resources.
  • Solid Waste Management Authority.
  • Environmental Quality Board.
  • Planning Board.
  • PR Power Authority (PREPA).
  • Commissioner of Municipal Affairs (COMA).
  • Department of Education.
  • Higher Education Council.
  • Department of Health.
  • Municipality of Caguas.
  • Children’s Trust.

Federal Government Agencies

  • National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • National Institute of Health (NIH).
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Private Sector

  • Bacardi Corporation.
  • Ford Foundation.
  • Toyota Foundation.
  • Iniciativa Tecnológica del Centro Oriente (INTECO).
     
       

Batista, C, C. Morales & C. Padín [editores]. 2003. Compendio de presentaciones del primer Simposio de Humedales, de la montaña al mar. Los humedales trabajan para nosotros. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en acuerdo legal con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental. [Formato CD].

Batista, C, C. Morales, A. Díaz, G. Ortiz & C. Padín. 2005. Plan de Manejo para la Ciénaga las Cucharillas. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en acuerdo legal con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental.

Batista, C, T. Marrero, C. Morales & G. Ortiz. 2003. Libro de colorear: Conoce la plantas y animales de la Ciénaga Las Cucharillas. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en acuerdo legal con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental.

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sustentable. 2005. [Traducción al español] Cómo alcanzar el desarrollo inteligente: 100 políticas para su implantación. Parte I. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Agencia de Protección Ambiental y la Internacional City County Management Association.

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sustentable. 2005. [Traducción al español] Cómo alcanzar el desarrollo inteligente: 100 políticas para su implantación. Parte II. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por Agencia de Protección Ambiental y la Internacional City County Management Association.

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sustentable & Estudios Técnicos Inc. 2002. Puerto Rico en Ruta hacia el Desarrollo Inteligente: el impacto del desparrame urbano en el área metropolitana de San Juan. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana.

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sustentable & Estudios Técnicos Inc. 2002. Video La Tierra se está Acabando: el Impacto del Desparrame Urbano. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Agencia de Protección Ambiental. www.proyectorambientales.info

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sustentable. 2004. Inventario de Atractivos Naturales y Culturales y recomendaciones para un Plan de Ecoturismo en Vieques y Culebra. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana.

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sustentable. 2005. [D. Morales, editora]. Infraestructura verde y nuestros parques. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por el Instituto de Dasonomía Tropical del Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos.

Centro de Estudios para el Desarrollo Sustentable. 2005. Compendio de incentivos para la conservación de recursos naturales en terrenos privados en Puerto Rico. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos., el
Servicio de Pesca de los Estados Unidos y el Fideicomiso de Conservación. www.proyectorambientales.info

Diaz, A & C. Batista. 2003. Inventario de flora y fauna. Banco de Datos en formato CD. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en acuerdo legal con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental.

Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales . 2002. Una Experiencia de Ambiente y Educación. Proyecto Educativo Ciénaga Las Cucharillas . Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Nacional Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Video ganador del Environmental Quality Award, EPA, 2003.

Ortiz, M. & M. Pérez Asuntos Ambientales . 2008. Guía de Actividades Ambientales para Maestros de Ciencia. Universidad Metropolitana, Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez

García E., M. Quiñones [editoras]. 2007. Las Ciencias Terrestres y la Educación. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Mtetropolitana. Auspiciado por Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium.

Juncos, M. 2001. El Karst y Puerto Rico. Acta Científica. Vol.15 # 1.

Morales C., C. Batista & C. Padín. 2004. Documento de designación de la Reserva Natural Ciénaga las Cucharillas. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en acuerdo legal con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental.

Morales C., C. Batista, G. Ortiz, A. González & C. Padín. 2004. Perception and knowledge study of flood situation in Juana Matos and Cucharillas communities in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Junta de Planificación y la Agencia Federal de Emergencias Ambientales.

Morales C., C. Batista, G. Ortiz & C. Padín. 2005. Plan Maestro para el desarrollo de Cataño. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en acuerdo legal con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental.

Morales, C. A. González & C. Batista. 2003. Capas de información de la Ciénaga Las Cucharillas. [Formato CD]. Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales, Universidad Metropolitana. Auspiciado por la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica de Puerto Rico en acuerdo legal con la Agencia de Protección Ambiental.

Ortiz, M & I. Torres. 2005. Guía de requisitos, normas y procedimientos para la redacción de trabajos de tesis. Programa graduado de Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales. Universidad Metropolitana.

URS & School of Environmental Affairs. 2002. Integrated Hazard Assessment for the Island of Puerto Rico. Auspiciado por la Agencia Federal de Emergencias Ambientales.

Vilches-Norat M. et al. 2003. Integración de la Educación Ambiental. .Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico. Departamento de Educación.