Laureate International Universities recently sponsored 12 students to attend the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting April 1–3 at the University of California, San Diego. Students from six universities in the LIU network— all of which have hosted visits from President Bill Clinton and are leading institutions in their own countries —were selected based on their leadership skills, commitment to social justice and academic track record. The student participants included:
- Cecília Mendes Barros from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi
- Raul Nobrega from Universidade Potiguar
- Alyssa Ong and Marveen Kumar Paransothy from INTI International College
- Jesús Alejandro Zápata Aucar and Karen Alejandra Rodríguez Granados from Universidad del Valle de México
- Kocfa Chung and Fernando Rengifo Villanueva from Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
- Guillermo Rodríguez Lorbada and Chanel Kelly from Universidad Europea de Madrid
- Cem Demirayak and Didem Aydurmus from Istanbul Bilgi University
More than 1,000 students from 90 countries participated in this year's CGI U, which is organized annually to educate and motivate young people to make a positive impact in the world. The event offered panel discussions and skill-building sessions on topics such as fighting poverty, improving public health and education reform. The attendees also took part in a community service project at the San Diego Food Bank.
In his remarks to the attendees, President Clinton noted the impact young people have had in providing relief to victims of the earthquake in Haiti and in fostering political and social change in the Middle East. "Young people have a greater ability to do public good as private citizens than ever before," said Clinton. "I think this is the most exciting time in human history."
"I am so proud of our students," said Douglas L. Becker, chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, Inc. "I am always inspired by their commitment to social justice and public service and am delighted we were able to have such strong participation in the CGI U."
To view videos of the event's plenary sessions, please visit: http://www.cgiu.org/multimedia/webcasts/2011/view_webcast.asp?id=99