Laspau Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Gabriela Montero in Concert

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, October 1, 2016- Laspau is celebrating fifty years of providing individuals and institutions with quality higher education opportunities across the Americas. In order to commemorate this important milestone, Laspau is pleased to feature the world-renowned pianist and Latin Grammy Award winner Gabriela Montero in concert at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre on Monday, October 17th at 4pm.

Ms. Montero is celebrated for her ability to improvise, composing and playing new works in real time as well as for her sustained efforts to advocate for human rights, as evidenced by her 2015 appointment as the first “Honorary Consul” of Amnesty International. She is the recipient of the 2012 Rockefeller Award for her contributions to the arts and played at Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Inauguration.

“Laspau is honored to be able to celebrate this momentous occasion with such an accomplished artist who also has a deep commitment to Latin America.” notes Angélica Natera, Laspau’s Executive Director.

Laspau started in 1965 as a bold educational experiment to bring 39 Colombian students to pursue undergraduate degrees at universities in the United States. Since then, the organization has helped open educational opportunities for thousands of individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean and built a network of over 1,000 institutions, 17,000 scholars and 5,000 educators devoted to building knowledge-based societies across the Americas. The organization focuses on scholarship management, admissions testing, and university innovation. Each year, Laspau helps universities across the region to improve their quality and effectiveness by connecting them with the pioneering faculty.

Laspau collaborates closely with governments, foundations and educational institutions across the Americas including partners such as the Fulbright Program of the U.S. Department of State, the Organization of American States, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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.”

Laspau, EDUCA and the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo open CONNECT DR program

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, November 24, 2015- Laspau and EDUCA, in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy of the United States, have inaugurated a unique program, CONNECT DR, to promote collaboration and knowledge exchange among leaders from the private sector, higher education, government and civil society.

CONNECT DR aims to foster collaboration among the private sector, higher education and government in the Dominican Republic as well as to increase exchange between the Dominican Republic and the United States. One of the long-term goals of the program is to create a sustainable ecosystem of collaboration between the private sector, the universities and the government of the Dominican Republic, in conjunction with the Embassy of the United States. This program will be centered on the implementation of President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, 100,000 Strong in the Americas, which is aimed at enhancing hemispheric competitiveness, increasing prosperity, and providing study abroad opportunities to better prepare a globally aware and culturally competent workforce.

The CONNECT DR program consists of two conferences that will feature a series of working roundtable discussions with the individual sectors as well as panel discussions. The first conference for the program was held on November 21st and 22nd, 2015 in Santo Domingo and featured prominent leaders from the private sector, government and local universities. The second conference will be held in 2016.

The partnership between Laspau and EDUCA effectively leverages the local and international of both organizations, and includes important support from the U.S. Embassy. EDUCA is serving as the local partner for the program and is ensuring the engagement of key stakeholders and decision makers in the Dominican Republic. The organization has extensive experience in the promotion of alliances between the public and private sector in education in the Dominican Republic. Laspau is serving as the international partner and facilitating the inclusion of key international experts in higher education in the discussions. Laspau has previously created contexts for successful collaboration between key stakeholders throughout the hemisphere and has access to an extensive international network of higher education experts.

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.