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Germán Ramírez

Chief Academic Officer
Laureate Europe

Germán Ramírez holds an Ed. D. from Harvard University.  He also holds a M.P.A. from the National Institute of Public Administration (Spain), a Law degree from Los Andes University (Colombia) and a B.B.A. from CESA Business School (Colombia). Ramírez has an extensive academic background and more than 30 years of professional experience in the fields of business, law, public administration and higher education. He has been a university lecturer and a business school dean in Colombia. Ramirez joined Laureate Education Inc. in 1999. Between 2000 and 2004 he was deeply involved in the development of Laureate’s global business strategy and the implementation of the network concept across Laureate universities. Ramírez was President of Laureate, Central America between 2004 and 2006. In this role, he oversaw the operations of Universidad Interamericana (Costa Rica and Panama), ULACIT (Panama) and UNITEC (Honduras). Between 2006 and 2008, he was President of UDLA, Chile, where he led the process that successfully concluded in the institutional accreditation of the university by Chilean authorities. Ramirez served in the board of trustees of UDLA between 2006 and 2012. Between 2008 and 2015 Ramirez led the creation of the Laureate Network Products & Services-LNPS unit (now LNO), which mission is to leverage the unique attributes of the Laureate network by enabling collaboration and providing value-added services aimed at enhancing the student experience and outcomes, academic quality, digital learning, internationality and employability across our universities. Ramirez served in the board of directors of the National Hispanic University between 2010 and 2014. Since 2015 Ramirez is Chief Academic Officer, Laureate Europe where he leads the implementation of a harmonized academic model based on 4 pillars: Internationality, Experiential Learning, Personalization and Innovation.