Laureate Education is heralding the selection of Mario Vargas Llosa for the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. The Peruvian writer is Director of the Catédra Real Madrid at the Real Madrid International Professional School-Universidad Europea de Madrid, which is a member of Laureate International Universities network.
The Nobel Prize in literature is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. The Swedish Academy awarded Llosa the Nobel Prize "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat." The Nobel Prize in literature has previously been awarded to Jose Saramago, Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway and Sir Winston Churchill, among others.
"Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded an Honorary PhD by our School of Arts and Communication at Universidad Europea de Madrid in 2006 in recognition of his contribution to Spanish literary creation and his personal commitment to individual freedom," said Miguel Carmelo, president of Universidad Europea de Madrid. "But in addition to being a great Spanish-language novelist, he is also a gifted and inspiring educator. His academic leadership and personal commitment to our students have made a great impact on our university. It gives me great pleasure to congratulate him and thank him for the magnitude of his literature and contributions to our university."
"We celebrate this wonderful recognition by the Nobel Foundation for one of the truly great writers of our time," said Douglas L. Becker, chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education. "Mario Vargas Llosa has long been an important contributor to the Laureate International Universities network. To us, he is a leader in making quality education accessible. His academic excellence, his brilliance as a teacher, and his commitment to education have contributed to our institutions being among the best and most trusted in the world."