CUSE began as the Business Administration Faculty (BAF) in 1998. The mission: provide university education in English with the same quality as found in US universities and to provide a less costly alternative to studying abroad. When the person behind the idea, Edward Lis, suddenly left Nicaragua, I was asked to direct the project. I had no office, no office staff and most of the 17 students, Prof Lis had recruited were in the process of transferring to US universities. On the positive side, there was a pool of highly qualified professors and the UAM administration gave me the flexibility necessary to build a quality program. The American adage; “if you build it, they will come;” soon proved valid.
The success of BAF graduates exceeded expectations. They include one vice-president of a large US bank, entrepreneurs of new businesses, and successful graduates of master’s degree programs in the US and Europe. Additionally, many graduates are in positions of leadership here and abroad. Because of these successes, the BAF became CUSE in 2009 with an expanded mission to offer this high quality education in careers beyond just business degrees. The fact that CUSE now attracts many foreign students is fulfilling my dream that someday CUSE will become a truly international component of UAM, attracting higher percentage of students from Central America and the rest of the world.