Laureate International Universities

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Laureate International Universities
Industry Higher Education
Founded 1999
Founder Douglas L. Becker
Headquarters Baltimore, MD, U.S.
Area served
North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa
Number of employees

Laureate International Universities are the universities and colleges owned by Laureate Education, of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States.


The first acquisition of Laureate Education, Inc., at that time known as Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., was of 54% of Universidad de Europea de Madrid, which had about 6,000 students, for $51 million in 1999.[1] In 2000 Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland, Universidad de Las Américas in Chile and Universidad del Valle de México were acquired.[2]

By 2010 the company owned more than 50 institutions, both campus-based and online, in 21 countries , with a total enrollment of about 550,000 students.[3]

In 2010, former U.S. President Bill Clinton became the "honorary chancellor" of the network, for an undisclosed compensation.[3]

Clinton appeared at the Laureate Summit on Youth & Jobs at Universidad Europea de Madrid in 2013,[4] Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in 2013,[5] Université Internationale de Casablanca in 2013,[6] European University Cyprus in 2012,[7] Universidad del Valle de México in 2012,[8] Walden University’s 2011 commencement ceremony,[9] Istanbul Bilgi University in 2010[10] and INTI in 2010.[11]


Universities in the group teach various subjects at both undergraduate and graduate level. Some have received media recognition.

Architecture, art and design[edit]

Domus Academy was ranked by BusinessWeek as one of top design schools in the world.[12]

Media Design School has been featured in fourth place in the YoungGuns top 10 advertising schools worldwide.[13]

Business and management[edit]

Business School São Paulo’s M.B.A. program was ranked #1 in Brazil and #2 in Latin America by international employers.[14] América Economia recognized BSP among the top 3 business schools in São Paulo.[15]

École Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur (ESCE) was recognized one of the top 10 private schools of international business in France.[16]

The M.B.A. program at UNIFACS was recognized nine years in a row as being among the top in Brazil. The law program is the only one in the region that is recommended by the Brazilian National Organization of Lawyers.[17]

Hospitality management[edit]

Kendall College was the only culinary school restaurant in the 2013 Michelin Guide Chicago.[18]

Both Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management were reported as ranked among the top four hospitality schools in the world for an international career.[19]

Other activities[edit]

Sylvan Laureate Foundation[edit]

The Sylvan/Laureate Foundation was created in 1997 as a non-profit foundation to provide education, training and community support.[20]

More than $10 million in grants have been provided to more than 100 non-profit organizations, including the Port Discovery (museum) in Baltimore, Maryland; the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which is dedicated to helping children with brain and spinal cord disorders; and Teach For America.[citation needed]

International Youth Foundation[edit]

In 2010 Laureate Education announced its support of the YouthActionNet program of the International Youth Foundation, and committed to launch programs for young social entrepreneurs at several schools within the network.[21]

Istanbul Bilgi University,[22] Universidade Anhembi Morumbi,[23] Universidad Andrés Bello,[24] Universidad Europea de Madrid,[25] Universidad del Valle de México,[26] Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC), Universidad Latina de Costa Rica[27] and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas[28] have all created YouthActionNet programs at their individual universities.

Clinton Global Initiative[edit]

The Laureate International Universities network has been a sponsor of the Clinton Global Initiative since 2008.[29][30]

Students from many of the network institutions have participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University, including students from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, Universidade Potiguar, INTI International College, INTI International University, Universidad del Valle de México, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Istanbul Bilgi University, Stamford International University, Walden University, Université Internationale de Casablanca, The National Hispanic University, and Universidade Salvador.[31][32]

The students participate in panel discussions and skill-building sessions at the meeting. All participants attend a day-long service project.

Visits by world and business leaders[edit]

Many global business and government leaders have held speeches at Laureate International University network institutions.


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  4. ^ abc / madrid (2013-05-21). "Bill Clinton visita hoy al Rey y coincide con el Príncipe en un foro" [Bill Clinton today visit coincides with the King and Prince in a forum] (in Spanish). Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Presidente Bill Clinton asistió a la inauguración oficial del Campus San Isidro de la UPC" [President Bill Clinton attended the official opening of the San Isidro Campus of the UPC] (in Spanish). Businessempresarial. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Edito: Clinton et Benkirane. L'avenir du Maroc est dans la tolérance et la modernité" [Editorial: Clinton and Benkirane. The future of Morocco is within tolerance and modernity] (in French). 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2014-03-07. 
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  20. ^ "Sylvan Learning Foundation | Sylvan plans nonprofit education foundation Philanthropy: Sylvan Learning Systems puts $7 million into a national foundation to improve schooling.". Baltimore Sun. 1997-06-05. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
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  30. ^ "New Commitments Announced at Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting | News | PND". 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  31. ^ "Estudante da Unifacs participa de encontro com Bill Clinton nos EUA" [Students of Unifacs participate in meeting with Bill Clinton in the U.S.] (in Portuguese). Gente & Mercado. 25 Feb 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
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  38. ^ "José Miguel Insulza justifica decisión de EEUU de lanzar el cuerpo de Osama Bin Laden al mar" [José Miguel Insulza justifies U.S. decision to launch the body of Osama Bin Laden at sea] (in Spanish). BioBioChile. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
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  41. ^ "La Universidad Europea de Madrid entregará hoy a Erdogan el título de Doctor Honoris Causa" (in Spanish). 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  42. ^ "Tony Blair visita la UEM de Villaviciosa de Odón" (in Spanish). 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
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