OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría was honored with an honorary doctorate from Universidad Europea
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses students at INTI International University and Colleges in Malaysia (2014)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke to students and faculty at Hunan International Economics University (HIEU), Formerly a Laureate institution, and declared that higher education is playing an increasingly important role in a globalized society.
Robert M. Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense, spoke at the Laureate Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2013.
In 2016, Monash South Africa (MSA), welcomed Ambassador Douglas Gibson, South African Ambassador to Thailand to speak about his political experiences at all three levels of government. His career includes an ambassadorship to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar/Burma and Permanent Observership to UN ESCAP (The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific).
Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state, spoke at Walden University’s commencement in July 2014, addressed students from Hunan International Economics University (HIEU) in April 2014. Dr. Rice previously spoke to students from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies and Pearl Academy, along with business and government leaders, in December 2013.
Robert M. Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense, spoke at the Laureate Leadership Summit in Orlando, Florida, on June 12 2013.
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, was awarded an honorary doctorate in political science by Istanbul Bilgi University in May 2012.
Former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez visited Universidad del Valle de Mexico and shared his vision for the future of Latin America in the context of the global economic crisis in October 2012. Dr. Arias, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, also received an honorary doctorate degree from Universidad Interamericana in 2006, addressed the 2010 Laureate Leadership Summit, earned an honorary doctorate Degree from Walden University in 2012 and spoke at Universidad de Las Américas Ecuador in 2013.
Antonio Patriota, Brazil's representative to the United Nations and former minister of external relations, spoke to Universidade Potiguar business and journalism students about international relations in April 2012.
Dr. Eric Wieschaus, who received a Nobel Prize in 1995 for his work revealing the genetic control of embryonic developement, was recognized with an honorary doctorate from Universidad Andrés Bello in January 2012.
Dr. Ernesto Samper, the former president of Colombia, Dr. Carlos Mesa, the former president of Bolivia, and Dr. Osvaldo Hurtado, the former president of Ecuador, spoke at Universidad de Las Américas in September 2011.
Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile, spoke at Universidad Viña del Mar in June 2011.
Vicente del Bosque, coach of the world champion Spanish national soccer team, visited Universidad Europea de Madrid in April 2011.
Mario Vargas Llosa, novelist, politician and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, received an honorary doctorate from Universidad Europea de Madrid in 2006 and from Universidad Andrés Bello in 2011.
José Miguel Insulza, secretary-general of the Organization of American States, spoke at Universidad Viña del Mar in April 2011.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a scholar and influential public intellectual, spoke at Walden University in March 2011.
Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, spoke at Faculdade Guarapes in February 2011.
Innovative Danish architect Bjarke Ingels spoke at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in February 2011.
José María Aznar, former Spanish prime minister, was recognized as an honorary professor by Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in 2006. Aznar was awarded an honorary doctorate by Universidad Andrés Bello in 2006 and visited the university again in 2010.
Álvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Universidad Andrés Bello in 2006. In 2010, he delivered a speech at UNITEC Honduras that was broadcast to students, faculty, and staff throughout the Laureate network.
Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez, the 1995 Nobel laureate in chemistry, received an honorary doctorate from Universidad del Valle de México in November 2010.
Dr. Cheryl L. Dorsey, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement and a former special assistant to the U.S. secretary of labor, spoke at Walden University in July 2010.
Rafael Correa, then president of the Republic of Ecuador, visited Universidad de Las Américas in May 2010.
Lenín Moreno Garcés, then vice president of Ecuador, received an honorary doctorate by Universidad de Las AméricasMay 2010.
Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, received honorary doctorates from six Laureate institutions — Universidad Europea de Madrid, Universidad Andrés Bello, Walden University, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Istanbul Bilgi University and Universidad de las Americas — during a ceremony in Madrid in May 2010.
Margaret Spellings, former U.S. secretary of education, spoke at Walden University’s winter commencementin January 2010.
King Juan Carlos of Spain received Laureate leaders at the Palacio de la Zarzuela in Madrid in June 2009.
U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain participated in the Walden University Presidential Youth Debate in October 2008.
Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico, addressed the Laureate Leadership Summit in October 2007.
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