DENTON — The University of North Texas was recently awarded the prestigious Global Centers of Insurance Excellence designation by International Insurance Society for its outstanding risk management and insurance program. Last year in the inaugural year of the award program, only 20 institutions from around the world were recognized as recipients of the designation.


The designation honors the world’s top collegiate risk management and insurance programs that play an integral role in promoting insurance knowledge and research and that advances the interests of the global insurance industry. To receive the designation, a program needs to excel and meet stringent criteria for consideration include course offerings, graduate employment rates, professional involvement, and faculty expertise and qualifications. UNT will be formally announced and recognized at the annual International Insurance Society Global Insurance Forum, held in Berlin from July 8 – 11.


“We are very proud of this recognition as it places our program among the most elite in the world, and it significantly enhances our visibility within the international insurance community,” said Yu-Luen Ma, the UNT Glen L. Taylor professor of insurance in the Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law of the UNT College of Business.


In addition to the designation, which is conferred for a five-year period, UNT will receive a complementary, one-year school membership to the International Insurance Society. The society provides UNT students, faculty and staff with networking opportunities and access to C-suite insurance executives, policymakers and scholars from around the world.