São Paulo, Brazil; Madrid, Spain; Lima, Peru, June 16, 2009 - President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, challenged students in Peru, Spain and Brazil to become citizen activists for the environment, their communities and those in need. He delivered his message of social entrepreneurship during speeches at three Laureate International Universities schools: Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru; Universidad Europea de Madrid in Madrid, Spain; and Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São Paolo, Brazil.
At each appearance, President Clinton called on those in the audience to get involved in effecting positive change locally and globally. “We all have a responsibility to do what we can to make the world better,” said President Clinton. “Every private citizen has a public responsibility. That is the meaning of civil society: to fill in the gaps in what government in the public sector cannot do alone.”
During these visits, President Clinton spoke directly with students, encouraging them to get involved and make a positive impact in people’s lives. His appearances on the Laureate International Universities campuses were seen by more than 40,000 students in Brazil, Spain and Peru.
Social activism on a global scale is the mission of the Clinton Global Initiative, which asks leaders in government, business, technology, science and education to make a commitment to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Last December, Laureate International Universities made a commitment to provide 1,000 scholarships to teachers to help them earn an advanced degree in education.
“The mission of Laureate International Universities is to make education more accessible and affordable so that more students can pursue their dreams,” said Douglas L. Becker, chief executive officer of Laureate Education. “It’s a mission we believe will help make the world a better place, because when our students succeed countries prosper and societies benefit.”
Read more about President Clinton’s visit to Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru at http://www.upc.edu.pe/home_upc.aspx; Universidad Europea de Madrid in Madrid, Spain at http://www.uem.es/es/noticias/1092; and Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São Paolo, Brazil at http://portal.anhembi.br/.
About Laureate International Universities
Laureate International Universities is a global network of 43 accredited campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs to nearly 500,000 students around the world. Laureate International Universities' students are part of an international academic community that spans 20 countries and more than 100 campuses throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Laureate International Universities offer more than 130 career-focused, undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in fields including engineering, education, business, medicine, law, architecture, health sciences, hospitality, culinary arts, and information technology. For more information, visit www.laureate.net.
About the William J. Clinton Foundation
The William J. Clinton Foundation is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization, founded by President Bill Clinton with the mission of strengthening the capacity of people throughout the world to address pressing global challenges. Working in collaboration with governments and other partners, the Foundation applies a unique problem-solving method to each of its seven initiatives, which work to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic, fight climate change, and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. In the U.S., the Foundation works to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic and helps to expand economic opportunity by increasing access to low-cost financial services and empowering entrepreneurs. Through these efforts, the Foundation has helped 1.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving treatment, 40 cities fight global climate change, and nearly 4,400 schools promote healthier educational environments. Learn more at www.clintonfoundation.org.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,400 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already improved the lives of 200 million people in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to affect almost 160 million people. The CGI community also includes CGI University (CGI U), a forum to engage college students in global citizenship; CGI Asia; and MyCommitment.org, an online portal where anybody can make their own Commitment to Action. CGI will hold its Fifth Annual Meeting September 22-25, 2009, in New York City. Learn more at www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.