23/05/2013

QUB To Honour Former US President

Queen's University Belfast is to name a building after former American President, Bill Clinton.

Mr Clinton said he is honoured by the move.

The university said it wanted to mark his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.

It is understood the new leadership institute will be called the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall.

Mr Clinton said: "It will prepare future business leaders for a time that requires economic innovation and, in the process, will demonstrate the determination of Queen's in Northern Ireland to seize the opportunities that peace has made possible."

QUB President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Peter Gregson, added: "Queen's is proud to honour President Bill Clinton for the part he and his administration played in helping deliver the Northern Ireland peace agreement.

"President Clinton's role should not be underestimated and Northern Ireland owes him a great debt of thanks."

The former US President visited Queen's in 2001 when he received an honorary degree from the university.

(JP/CD)

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