President conferred with honorary doctorate of laws by Leicester University
Visibly moved, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca was conferred with a doctor of laws degree honoris causa by Leicester University in the presence of hundreds of graduates during a ceremony in Leicester itself.
Expressing her appreciation to Leicester University for the sense of inclusion it practices through promoting the most important value of humanity, including human dignity, President Coleiro Preca described this moment as truly memorable in her life, and one she would always treasure.
“Thank you so much for this honour. I feel so privileged and I’m so proud of this university that upholds human dignity at its centre”.
The President added that this doctorate will strengthen her links with the university and pave the way for the possibility of collaboration with the University of Malta. She dedicated the honour to all children, especially those denied their fundamental rights.
“To all the children in Malta and the United Kingdom, and all over the world, but in particular, and especially, to the 264 million children around the world who, as yet, do not have access to education,” Dr coleiro Preca added.
During this visit, President Coleiro Preca addressed the members of the Oxford Union, and spoke about the importance of human rights in light of last year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The President also spoke about the importance of unity, human dignity and respect.
In Oxford, the President met with representatives of the Maltese Culture Centre and later visited the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Leicester University Hospital. She also met with a group of Maltese doctors at this hospital who are continuing with their training, through a collaboration programme, in a number of areas including ophthalmology, plastic surgery and sexually transmitted diseases.