President Bill Clinton speaks to students at Laureate’s Universidad Latina in Costa Rica

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Universidad Latina de Costa Rica’s (ULatina) new School of Health Sciences facility in San Jose and addressed a group of more than 400 students, faculty and local business and government leaders on the importance of education in a competitive and constantly evolving global labor market. ULatina is ranked among the top 200 universities in Latin America by QS Rankings.

In 2014, the university is proud to celebrate its 25th anniversary. ULatina enrolls more than 28,000 students in a number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, in fields needed for the country’s continued growth and development, ranging from business administration to medicine and culinary arts. The new health sciences facility President Clinton visited was built to foster a new model in health sciences education in Costa Rica. The building includes 32 simulation laboratories, two auditoriums, five experiential consultation rooms and a library. The facilities will serve the university’s students that are enrolled in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, and psychology, among many other programs. The new facility also includes a dental clinic that will join many other university clinics that provide free and low cost treatment and services to members of the community who would otherwise do without. 

As honorary chancellor of the Laureate International Universities network, President Clinton advises Laureate on social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education. He has spoken to tens of thousands of students and faculty members at 15 other institutions in the Laureate network, including institutions in Germany, Spain, Turkey, Malaysia, Brazil, Peru, Portugal and the United States. This was President Clinton’s first visit to ULatina.