Throughout our history, Laureate and its network institutions have been committed thought leaders in the areas of higher education, globalization, entrepreneurship, and youth employment and productivity, among others. Promoting and supporting active dialogue and outcomes-oriented studies about issues that affect education and youth is an integral part of our mission to be Here for Good.
Laureate partnered with Zogby Analytics to introduce an index to track student attitudes about the present and future of higher education. It is the largest study of student perspectives on international higher education that has ever been conducted. In 2015, the survey included responses from more than 23,000 Laureate students and more than 4,000 non-Laureate students in 22 countries. This survey found that students worldwide are optimistic that their education is leading them towards a bright future.
In 2014, Laureate commissioned a study by Millward Brown, a leading third-party market research organization, of graduates at Laureate institutions representing over 60 percent of total Laureate enrollments. The primary objective of the research was to provide an overall market benchmark for undergraduate employment, and its results show that generally, Laureate students find jobs at comparable or higher rates than graduates of other institutions.
Laureate and the IFC/World Bank collaborated in 2014 and 2015 to analyze the outcomes of graduates of Laureate institutions versus graduates of other universities in a specific country. The 2014 study focused on the graduates of Laureate institutions in Mexico versus the graduates of all other universities in Mexico, while the 2015 study focused on Laureate institutions in Peru, UPC and CIBERTEC. The results of both were presented by IFC Senior Education Specialist Mohammad Khan at Laureate’s Summits on Youth and Productivity in Mexico and Peru, respectively, and showed increased upward mobility for Laureate graduates.
Laureate has led the higher education community to think about the problems of youth unemployment and social mobility internationally. Laureate campuses in Mexico, Peru and Spain have hosted summits on these issues in recent years, featuring world leaders and local authorities to discuss and promote action on the issues.