With a flourishing College of Engineering & Computing (CEC), entrepreneurship incubator programs, and a student population predominately hailing from and intending to stay in South Florida, Florida International University has long been a major feeder for the Miami Tech movement.

Now, with a $10 million investment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the university’s newly named Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (KFSCIS) is poised to accelerate its role in developing technical talent at scale to meet the demands of industry and of Miamians seeking to advance their tech skills.

Florida Lieutenant Governor and FIU alumna Jeanette Nuñez

On February 24, the university hosted a socially distanced ceremony at the site of the future engineering and computing building to announce the gift and unveil the new KFSCIS at the CEC. The event featured leaders from the university, the Knight Foundation and Miami’s tech industry; and elected officials, including Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez ’94, MS ’08, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez ’01, and Fla. State Rep. Ana Maria Rodriguez ’99.


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