Laspau Launches New Identity in Honor of 50th Anniversary

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, March 22, 2016- The new image as well as the new vision and mission statements and tagline “Connecting Higher Education Across the Americas” better reflect the range of opportunities offered by the organization as well as its valuable network of individuals, institutions, leaders and organizations devoted to building knowledge-based societies across the Americas. Today, Laspau connects individuals and institutions with opportunities through admissions testing, scholarship management, university development and alliance building. Through its human network, developed over the past 50 years, Laspau aims to drive innovation and facilitate stronger connections among higher education throughout the Americas in order to more effectively address issues of access, quality and relevance.

Laspau’s Executive Director, Angélica Natera, said of the new identity, “We are extremely pleased with the outcomes of this process and our refreshed identity will allow us to more clearly communicate our work and its impact, strengthen partnerships across the region and more effectively connect with supporters.”

Laspau was honored to carry out this rebranding process with Josh Levi of Joshua Levi Design and G. David Miles of Storychanger.

Laspau Signs Agreement with American Councils for International Education

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, December 20, 2015- On December 18th, 2015, Laspau and the American Councils for International Education shook hands and signed a five-year agreement of cooperation. For those familiar with Laspau and the American Councils for International Education, the agreement comes to no surprise.

For the past forty years, the American Councils, an international nonprofit located in Washington, DC, has been providing educational opportunities such as academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and education development programs throughout over seventy countries. The nonprofit boasts of over 55,000 alumni worldwide, a group including government leaders, top international educators, business innovators, public officials, and K-12 students. All their work aims to broaden individual perspective, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding so that participants may leave programs feeling confident and ready to face the future, a goal almost identical to that of Laspau.

This agreement of cooperation between the two nonprofits will primarily focus on the creation of educational programs and administration for scholarships in higher education institutions in the United States. Through their partnership, Laspau and the American Councils will expand their institutional networks and merge their global expertise to create customized programs that meet the needs of the higher education systems in the Americas.

“We are proud and excited to partner with an organization like American Councils for International Education, which has had such an impact on international education over the past forty years,” Laspau’s Executive Director, Angelica Natera, shared when asked about the agreement. “We anticipate a long-lasting and fruitful partnership.”

First Phase of Panama STEM Education Project Comes to a Successful Close

PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, October 14, 2015- Nearly 100 professors from public and private universities have successfully completed the Panama STEM Education project. The project, which kicked off in March of 2016, aims to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in Panama through the use of student-centered learning and the creation of communities of practice in each of the 10 participating universities.

Professors benefitted from both online and in-person class sessions over the past 7 months and were required to evaluate changes in their own classrooms as a result of their learning. The program also encouraged the development of communities of practice within each institution around teaching and learning in order to foster lasting change.

The project was initiated jointly by the Association of Rectors of Panama, the Association of Private Universities of Panama and Laspau. Professor Diomedes Concepción Muñoz, Vice Rector of Research and Graduate Studies of Columbus University, led the effort along with Dr. Stanley Muschett, Rector of Universidad Interamericana de Panamá. Participating universities included Universidad de Panamá, Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí, Columbus University, Quality Leadership University, Universidad Interamericana de Panamá, Universidad Latina de Panamá, Universidad del Istmo, Universidad Santa María la Antigua, Universidad Americana and Universidad Metropolitana de Educación, Ciencia y Tecnología.

With the first phase of the project coming to a successful close, all participating institutions hope to expand the program in 2017 in order to serve more professors and ultimately, improve the learning of larger numbers of students in STEM fields in Panama.