Baltimore, Maryland — May 3, 2013 — The Honorable Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, addressed students, faculty, and community leaders at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) today in Lima, Peru. Mr. Blair spoke at length about the opportunities available to youth today, the challenges they face, and the crucial role education plays in enabling young people to reach their goals in an increasingly globalized world.
During his speech, Mr. Blair discussed the importance of earning a university degree as a catalyst for future success, especially in a fast-changing world. "The chief characteristic of today's world is the scope, scale and speed of change," said Mr. Blair. "Universities need to teach students not only the skills to pass the test, but how to be open-minded and how to relate to others. This is what the universities in the Laureate network are doing."
"Mr. Blair is a remarkable world leader and someone who can speak so eloquently about our changing world," said, Douglas L. Becker, Chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, Inc. "We are honored that Mr. Blair had the opportunity to visit UPC—an institution known for its academic excellence and innovative approach. His presence will have a lasting positive impact on our students and the university."
This was Mr. Blair's first visit to Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. Currently, more than 35,000 students are enrolled at UPC in a variety of undergraduate, graduate and working-adult degree programs. Mr. Blair has previously spoken at five other Laureate institutions: BiTS (Business and Information Technology School) in Iserlohn, Germany; Universidad Europea in Madrid, Spain; Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey; Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São Paulo, Brazil, and Universidad del Valle de México in Coyoacán, Mexico.
Since leaving office in 2007, Mr. Blair has continued to be active in public life. He has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East, representing the United States, the United Nations, Russia, and the European Union, in an effort to promote peace and help prepare Palestine for statehood. He also launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect and understanding among the major religions and to make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world.
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