Friday, June 10, 2016

Bill Clinton's relationship with for profit Laureate University, a diploma mill, netted him $16.5 million. Also see the other sleazy characters involved like George Soros and convicted inside trader Steve Cohen .

Laureate International Universities

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Laureate International Universities
IndustryHigher Education
FounderDouglas L. Becker
HeadquartersBaltimore, MDU.S.
Area served
North AmericaLatin AmericaEuropeAsia PacificMiddle East and North Africa
Number of employees
Laureate International Universities are the for-profit universities and colleges owned and operated by Laureate Education, of Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States. By 2014, the company owned and operated more than 80 institutions, both campus-based and online, in 30 countries, with total student enrollment of more than 800,000 students.[1]

Corporate history[edit]

The company, Laureate Education, was founded by Douglas L. Becker. The company was originally created by Sylvan Learning Systems in 1998 as an operational division to focus on post-secondary institutions and called Sylvan International Universities. When the division was created, Sylvan was a public company primarily focused on educational services for students in primary and secondary education through company owned and franchise locations.[2]
The company’s first investment was Spain’s Universidad Europea de Madrid in 1999, quickly followed by investments in post-secondary institutions in Mexico's Universidad Tecnológica de México (UNITEC)Universidad del Valle de México, Chile's Universidad de las Américas and Switzerland's Les Roches International School of Hotel Management and its first investment in online higher education, Walden University in the United States.[3]
The first acquisition of Laureate Education, Inc., at that time known as Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., was of 54% of Universidad de Europea de Madrid, which had about 6,000 students, for $51 million in 1999.[4] In 2000 Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in SwitzerlandUniversidad de Las Américas in Chile and Universidad del Valle de México were acquired.[5]
In March 2003, Sylvan Learning Systems decided to focus exclusively on post-secondary education.[6] The company sold the K-12 business units, as well as the Sylvan name and trademark, to a new company, Educate, Inc., formed by Apollo Management. In 2004, Sylvan changed its name to Laureate Education, Inc, to reflect the change in focus.[7]
In 2007, the company was acquired by an investor group led by Douglas Becker and Citigroup Private Equity.[8][9]
By 2010 the company owned more than 50 institutions, both campus-based and online, in 21 countries, with a total enrollment of about 550,000 students.[10] In 2010, former U.S. President Bill Clinton became the "honorary chancellor" of the network, for an undisclosed compensation.[11]
In January 2013, the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, made a $150 million equity investment in Laureate to expand access to quality higher education in emerging markets.[12][13]
Coursera, a provider of massive online open courses, announced in July 2013 that it raised $43 million in investments from a group that included Laureate Education, Inc., the World Bank’s investment arm, LearnCapital Venture PartnersGSV Capital and venture capitalist Yuri Milner[14]
Arizona-based Thunderbird School of Global Management announced a partnership with Laureate in March 2013 to set up a joint venture that will provide capital support to Thunderbird to open multiple international instruction sites and expand its executive education and online programs.[15]
In December 2013, Laureate announced that its shareholders elected three independent directors: Robert B. Zoellick, former World Bank president;[16] Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation;[17] and George Muñoz, principal of the Muñoz Investment Banking Group.[18]
In 2015, Laureate filed an Initial Public Offering.[9]

Relationship with Bill Clinton[edit]

Though former United States President Bill Clinton's role as a chancellor of Laureate was officially described as "honorary", from 2010 until early 2015, Bill Clinton brought in just short of $16.5 million for his role as honorary chancellor, including $2.5 million in 2011. These numbers were disclosed in his publicly released tax returns.[19][20][21] [22]
In April 2015, Clinton ended his ties with Laureate amidst ongoing financial problems at four of its six U.S.-based universities.[23]
Clinton appeared at the Laureate Summit on Youth & Jobs at Universidad Europea de Madrid in 2013,[24] Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in 2013,[25] Université Internationale de Casablanca in 2013,[26] European University Cyprus in 2012,[27] Universidad del Valle de México in 2012,[28] Walden University’s 2011 commencement ceremony,[29] Istanbul Bilgi University in 2010[30] and INTI International University in 2010.[31]


Universities in the group teach various subjects at both undergraduate and graduate level. Subjects covered by some of its colleges include design,[32] business,[33] culinary and hospitality.[34]


According to the Washington Post "Laureate is backed by several of the biggest names in finance, including Henry KravisGeorge SorosSteve Cohen and Paul Allen" all of which view profits as more important than providing its equivalent value. [35] Laureate’s annual revenue is approximately $4 billion.[35] The company holds $3.5 billion [36] to $4.7 billion in debt.[9]
Laureate spends in excess of $200 million per year on advertising, including television commercials, online campaigns and billboards.[35] Laureate Education is highly dependent on adjunct faculty and contingent labor. For example, more than 90 percent of Walden’s faculty is employed on a part-time basis.[37]
The Sylvan/Laureate Foundation was created in 1997 as a non-profit foundation to provide education, training and community support.[38]
Students from many of the network institutions have participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University, including students from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, Universidade Potiguar, INTI International College, INTI International University, Universidad del Valle de México, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Istanbul Bilgi University, Stamford International University, Walden University, Université Internationale de Casablanca, The National Hispanic University, and Universidade Salvador.[39][40]
Laureate has schools in Turkey and Chile, even though for-profit schools are banned.[35] In Brazil, the Rio State Legislature’s Investigative Commission on Private Universities issued a report criticizing for-profit colleges like Laureate for firing professors.[35]

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