Laureate Education, Inc., formerly known as Sylvan Learning Systems Inc, is a private company that is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The company works in the education industry.
The company was founded by Douglas L. Becker. The company was originally created by Sylvan Learning Systems in 1998 as an operational division to focus on post-secondary institutions and called Sylvan International Universities. When the division was created, Sylvan was a public company primarily focused on educational services for students in primary and secondary education through company owned and franchise locations.
The company’s first investment was Spain’s Universidad Europea de Madrid in 1999, quickly followed by investments in post-secondary institutions in Mexico's Universidad del Valle de México, Chile's Universidad de Las Américas and Switzerland's Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and its first investment in online higher education, Walden University in the United States.
In March 2003, Sylvan Learning Systems decided to focus exclusively on post-secondary education.  and sold its K-12 business units and transferred the Sylvan name and trademark, which were very closely connected to primary and secondary education. to a new company, Educate, Inc. In 2004, Sylvan changed its name to Laureate Education, Inc.. 
In 2007, the company was acquired by an investor group led by Douglas Becker.
Institutions and pperations
See Laureate International Universities