Downtown Center opens for business.

The landmark Macy’s building at 22 East Flagler Street has a new tenant: Florida International University’s College of Business Administration.

Occupying three-quarters of the sixth floor, the business school’s Downtown Center, conveniently located amid Miami’s top firms, puts an array of graduate degree programs within easy reach of students who work in or near downtown, or in areas east of the Palmetto Expressway, such as Coral Gables.

From the vibrant city outside to the tiered, state-of-the-art technology-enhanced classrooms and lounge outfitted with wireless Internet access inside, the site embodies the energy of the college and its exciting partnership with forward-looking Macy’s Florida.

Student lounge

“The building, constructed in 1912, is being reshaped to meet modern needs,” said José de la Torre, dean of the Chapman Graduate School. “The president and executives of Macy’s Florida have been very supportive as we’ve developed a partnership in which they benefit from our technology enhancements to the building and we benefit from their location.”

The Center’s first students in the Downtown MBA, the Executive Master of Science in Taxation, and the MBA for Public Managers began their degree work in late August. Recruitment is underway for a Master of Science in Finance, with a focus on international banking, and a Master of Science in International Real Estate—both due to launch at the Center in January. By the time these students begin classes, phase two of the construction, yielding a brand new tiered case room and four breakout rooms, will have been completed.

“We welcome visitors who would like to see the new classrooms and offices or to learn more about the offerings face-to-face from a Chapman School representative,” said Lourdes Herrero-Matus, program manager of the Downtown MBA. “We’re usually here between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. or later. Those who prefer to call for more information can reach us at 305-577-1681.”

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