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It Is A Privilege To Be Educated -Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Laureate International Universities, which claims to educate nearly 800,000 students in 30 countries across the America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, in various fields,  and UPES,  hosted address by the former US secretary of state Dr. Condoleezza Rice in New Delhi. At this event, the students, members of the Indian government, prominent business and academic leaders, were invited to engage them in a discourse with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, on issues of economic prosperity, foreign policy, global trends in education and the importance of quality higher education. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Honourable Minister of State for Human Resource Development also graced the event.

Dr. Rice & Neil Broker, CEO, Laureate India

At this event, Dr. Rice spoke about her views on India, global interconnectivity and the importance of higher education, which the Laureate Universities and UPES provide.  She said, “It is a privilege to be educated. It is because you are among the educated that you have amazing opportunities to contribute towards moving your country forward. There is nothing like a high quality education to transform you into something that you otherwise might never have been, but in order to be fully transformed in your education you have to take some responsibility as you become educated”. 

“It is an honour to have Dr. Rice in our midst, to provide an insight to our students on the importance of higher education and the need for responsible global citizenship. It was very fulfilling today to witness 100 of our students sharing thoughts, ideas and inspiration with a world leader. Laureate International Universities’ mission is to expand access to quality higher education globally. We are fortunate to now be able to do so in India through our partnerships with UPES and the Pearl Academy. ”, said Neel Broker, Chief Executive Officer at Laureate Education India

Dr. Parag Diwan, Vice Chancellor of UPES said “In the past 6 months, our students have had the opportunity to interact with the Hon’ble President of India at our 10th Convocation, and to engage in dialogue with Dr. Rice. This is indeed a privilege for us all, and a sign of positive things to come. Dr. Rice addressed the issue of quality education, technology as an enabler, and the need for innovation – each of these are part of our DNA at UPES”.

 Dr. Rice took questions from students in the audience on topics ranging from energy independence to the rise of India and China. In response to a student’s question about whether education should be completely nationalized, she said, “Higher education must have a combination of both public and private colleges in order to keep competition, variety and better options. Online education plays a huge role in providing economy in education; it saves money and enables one to shorten the length of a course if required. Private universities have an extremely important role to play in maintaining quality in the system as a whole, as it rapidly evolves.”  


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