Clinton honoured by Liverpool Uni

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Former US President Bill Clinton. Pic © Bill Clinton / Twitter

Former US President Bill Clinton. Pic © Bill Clinton / Twitter

Former US President Bill Clinton has received an honorary degree from the University of Liverpool for his aid work and international contributions.

He was awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his charity, the Clinton Foundation, as well as his campaigning to improving health care globally and encouraging protection of the environment.

The American politician and third-youngest president received the accolade during a ceremony held at the British embassy in Washington DC, hosted by the British Ambassador to the United States, Sir Peter Westmacott.

Sir Peter said: “It is a privilege to welcome President Clinton and the University of Liverpool, especially on such a momentous occasion.

“This honorary degree from a British university reflects the depth, breadth and longevity of the unique ties between the United States and the United Kingdom – links that have long been especially strong in higher education.”

Before embarking on his political career, President Clinton attended Georgetown University in Washington, as well as studying at Oxford and Yale Law School.

At the end of his time in office, President Clinton had the highest presidential approval rating of any since the Second World War.

He remains popular with voters today, with a recent poll suggesting that Americans believe that Clinton would be the best equipped to deal with the problems the country currently faces.

The 42nd president has also served as United Nations envoy for both efforts in Haiti and the tsunami recovery.

University of Liverpool researchers have established new links to address problems of major diseases in Africa, such as HIV and malaria, in support of the work of the Clinton Foundation.

University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Howard Newby, said: “We are proud to honour one of the great leaders of our age, an inspirational man who has worked tirelessly in the support of research and education to improve the lives of people around the world.”

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