BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2007--Laureate International
Universities, one of the world's largest networks of private higher
education institutions, and the University of Liverpool today
announced the expansion of a unique partnership to leverage programs
and expertise to create the next generation of international programs
for students worldwide.
This partnership, which will foster the joint development and
sharing of study abroad programs, dual-degrees and curriculum, was
created to address the growing global need for students to
"internationalize" their education.
Laureate Online Education has served as the e-Learning partner of
the University of Liverpool since 1999. Laureate Online Education,
which includes Walden University, is Laureate's best-in-class distance
education group. Through this relationship, Laureate has developed
several international online Masters programs, using specially adapted
versions of University of Liverpool campus-taught degrees. By
extending its association to campus-based institutions, the
Liverpool-Laureate partnership will allow the two institutions to
build on their solid relationship and serve a large and growing
segment of the population.
Professor Drummond Bone, Vice-Chancellor of The University of
Liverpool stated, "Cultural awareness and understanding are critical
components to a higher education that leads to successful careers and
a better world. Our association with Laureate International
Universities seeks not only to increase the number of students who
study abroad, but also to dramatically expand the availability of
international academic programs for students who may not be able to
Raph Appadoo, Laureate President stated, "Our mission is to expand
student access to higher education with a strong commitment to
providing students with an international orientation to their chosen
field of study. The University of Liverpool shares this belief and is
known the world over for its focus and dedication to research and
instruction. We are proud to have been selected by Liverpool as its
premier partner in international higher education."
The University of Liverpool-Laureate agreement will promote the
development of a variety of additional international opportunities:
Study Abroad Opportunities - new study abroad programs for both
students of the University of Liverpool and Laureate institutions
Summer School at the University of Liverpool - a study abroad
program for students at Laureate institutions to perfect their English
language skills while earning academic credit during their summer
Dual Degrees - programs that provide students the opportunity to
earn two degrees by conducting part of their studies at a Laureate
institution and the remainder of their studies at the University of
Consulting and Curriculum Design - joint development and sharing
of leading curriculum in several fields, including health sciences,
information technology and the humanities.
University of Liverpool programs onsite at Laureate Institutions
in Europe, Latin America and Asia - expansion of Laureate students'
access to the University of Liverpool's world-renowned programs, thus
helping students who want the benefit of a UK education but are unable
to leave their home country.
About the University of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool is one of the UK's leading research
institutions. It attracts collaborative and contract research
commissions from a wide range of national and international
organizations valued at more than GBP 100 million annually.
About Laureate Education, Inc.
Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAUR) is the parent company of
Laureate International Universities, one of the world's largest
private networks of accredited campus-based and online universities
with 25 institutions in 15 countries, offering academic programs to
262,900 students through 58 campuses and online delivery. . Addressing
the rapidly growing global demand for higher education, Laureate
offers a broad range of career-oriented undergraduate and graduate
programs through campus-based universities located in Latin America,
Europe, and Asia. Through online universities, Laureate offers the
growing population of non-traditional, working-adult students the
convenience and flexibility of distance learning to pursue
undergraduate, master's and doctorate degree programs in major career
fields including engineering, education, business, and healthcare. For
more information, please visit our website, http://www.laureate.net.