The Laureate International Universities Community Mourns the Passing of Former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela

A note from Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Douglas L. Becker


On behalf of the more than 800,000 students and 70,000 employees that are part of the Laureate International Universities network, we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela and reflect on his extraordinary contributions to South Africa and the world at large. Mr. Mandela was an inspirational leader who showed us the better side of humanity and his courage, leadership, and commitment to others leaves an indelible impact on us all.  

In 2010, six Laureate network institutions (Universidad Europea in Spain, Universidad Andrés Bello in Chile, Walden University in the United States, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Peru, İstanbul Bilgi University in Turkey, and Universidad de las Américas in Ecuador) simultaneously awarded him with honorary doctoral degrees at a special ceremony in Madrid. This was the first and only time a global leader has been recognized by multiple institutions from our international network at the same time with such an important distinction.

Nelson Mandela once said education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. These powerful words highlight the vital role that education has and will continue to play in every nation and community. On the occasion of his passing we commit ourselves and our ongoing work to honor his memory and his legacy through continuing to increase access to the highest quality post-secondary education programs so our students, alumni, and institutions can keep making a better world.