BALTIMORE, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of 9 Laureate International Universities students from Latin America and Europe has been selected by the Clinton Global Initiative to serve as volunteers at the CGI Annual Meeting that will take place in New York on September 20–22. Selected for their leadership skills, commitment to social justice, and academic track record, the students hail from Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and Portugal.
Laureate has been a sponsor of the past three CGI Annual Meetings in New York, the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego in 2011, and the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in Hong Kong in 2008. The company has made two Commitments to Action through CGI: a $10 million pledge for Laureate institutions in twelve countries to provide 1,000 scholarships to teachers worldwide; and a further $10 million to recognize 500 social entrepreneurs by operating the International Youth Foundation's YouthActionNet® awards program in 13 countries by 2014.
The Laureate volunteer team for CGI 2011 is comprised of:
- Renan Gianotto de Oliveira – Universidade Anhembi Morumbi
- Leandro Pinheiro di Martins – Universidade Potiguar
- Leonardo Cupertino de Lima – Centro Universitario Ritter dos Reis
- Anna Maria Izurieta – Universidad de las Americas Chile
- Costa Rica:
- Jonathan Hartman – Universidad Latina de Costa Rica
- Andrea Maria Flores Turcios – UNITEC Honduras
- Elisa Padilla – Universidad del Valle de Mexico
- Carlos Ruiz – Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas
- Ana Filipa Tomas Labrusco – Instituto Superior de Linguas e Administracao
"We are thrilled that our students will contribute their skills to this event's success and benefit from the learning experience offered by being a part of the Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting," said Douglas L. Becker, chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, Inc. "This is such a unique opportunity and will expose our student leaders to the ideas and dedication required to make global, social change."
Participation in the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting is by invitation only. It is limited to a select and diverse group of heads of state, CEOs, media voices, philanthropists, foundation heads, religious leaders, academics, original thinkers, and those who run highly effective non-profit organizations.
"For our students to volunteer at an event with such prominent decision makers and leaders is truly an honor," Becker said. "We are proud to have them represent Laureate International Universities and for this opportunity to continue to build our relationship with President Clinton, the Honorary Chancellor of Laureate International Universities."
About Laureate International Universities
Laureate International Universities is a trusted global leader in providing access to high-quality, innovative institutions of higher education. The Laureate International Universities network includes more than 55 accredited campus-based and online universities. Our more than 640,000 students are part of an academic community that spans 28 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Laureate universities offer more than 130 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in fields including architecture, art, business, culinary arts, design, education, engineering, health sciences, hospitality management, information technology, law and medicine. President William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, serves as the Honorary Chancellor of the Laureate International Universities network, a role in which he offers advice on social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education.
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