Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. secretary of state, in New Delhi recently addressed students from the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) and Pearl Academy, along with business and government leaders. Rice shared insights from her experience as America’s top foreign policy official, in addition to thoughts on business and youth engagement.
Born into the segregated American South, Rice became an international affairs expert. Rice served as a Soviet Union specialist to U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. From 2001 to 2005, she was President George W. Bush’s national security advisor. From 2005 to 2009, Rice was the 66th U.S. secretary of state – the second woman and second African American to hold the position. After leaving the U.S. government, Rice returned to Stanford University, where she is currently a professor of political economy, and directs the Global Center for Business and the Economy. She was Stanford’s provost from 1993 to 1999.
“Dr. Rice’s deep global perspective was insightful and useful to our students and community stakeholders,” said Neel Broker, Chief Executive Officer of Laureate India. “We were honored to host Dr. Rice at an event attended by our students in India, as we contribute to building the next generation of leaders for India– and the world.”
This is Rice’s second time addressing Laureate network students. In 2012, she was keynote speaker at the BiTS Campus Symposium in Germany
The University of Petroleum & Energy Studies was founded in 2003, and was one of the first Indian schools to provide undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs for high-growth sectors such as energy, infrastructure, and information technology. UPES is known as the “Nation Builder’s University,” and its campus is in the Himalayan foothills. The Pearl Academy is ranked among India’s top fashion and design institutes, and has campuses in several major Indian cities, including New Delhi, Jaipur and Chennai.
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