Baltimore, Maryland — May 15, 2013 — President Bill Clinton spoke to hundreds of students and faculty yesterday at the official inauguration of the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) San Isidro campus—a modern, state-of-the-art facility in Lima, Peru. The campus will serve 7,500 students who are working to complete degree programs in engineering, communications, business administration, law and economics.
At the San Isidro campus inauguration, President Clinton praised the work UPC has undertaken to become a leader in the Peruvian higher education system, and talked about the vital role that university graduates will play in Peru’s continued development. “Peru has been a great success story here in Latin America,” said President Clinton. “I have no doubt that the students at UPC will play an important role in continuing to help shape their country’s future.”
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, which is part of the Laureate International Universities network, is recognized as being among the top private universities in Peru. It serves more than 30,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and working-adult degree programs in architecture, business, communication, engineering, health sciences and medicine. The university’s students strive not only for academic and professional excellence, but also are committed to making a profound positive impact on their local communities. UPC medical students, for example, provided free or inexpensive medical care to more than 2,500 community members as part of their studies in 2012.
“We are delighted President Clinton took the time to visit UPC and participate in the inauguration of this important campus,” said Douglas L. Becker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Laureate Education, Inc. “This campus will allow for more Peruvian students to receive a world class education and will continue in the great tradition of academic excellence and innovation that UPC embodies.”
As Honorary Chancellor of Laureate International Universities, President Clinton acts as an adviser on social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education. President Clinton visited UPC’s Monterrico campus in 2009 to speak to students, faculty and community members. He has delivered his inspirational message to students and faculty at other institutions in the Laureate International Universities network in Cyprus, Morocco, Spain, Turkey, Malaysia, Brazil, Honduras and the United States. Next week, on May 21, 2013, President Clinton will visit Universidad Europea in Madrid, Spain, to participate in “The Laureate Summit on Youth & Jobs in Europe.” For more information about this event, please visit www.laureate.net/youthandjobs.
Laureate International Universities
Laureate International Universities is a trusted global leader in providing access to high quality, innovative institutions of higher education. The Laureate International Universities network includes 70 accredited campus-based and online universities. Laureate’s more than 780,000 students are part of an academic community that spans 29 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Laureate universities offer hundreds of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in fields including architecture, art, business, culinary arts, design, education, engineering, health sciences, hospitality management, information technology, law and medicine. William J. Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, serves as the Honorary Chancellor of the Laureate International Universities network, offering advice on social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education. For more information, visit www.laureate.net.