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Acclaimed Canadian author receives Edinburgh honorary degree

June 24, 2014 | by SRB



Booker Prize winning  author Margaret Atwood has been awarded an honorary degree  from the University of Edinburgh. 

The award-winning  writer was one of four prominent Canadians from the fields of  literature, politics, law and business to be honoured by the University at a  ceremony in Toronto on Friday.  Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin; former Chairman of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning,  General  John De Chastelain; and investment banker Garret Herman also received honorary  degrees. 

The ceremony was part  of a series of events being held to coincide with the  University of Edinburgh’s General Council Meeting in Toronto. The events have allowed graduates and friends from across Canada to reconnect with and  celebrate  their links to Edinburgh.  Other events have included a debate titled ‘Lessons for and from Canada’, which focused on the forthcoming Scottish independence referendum.

A formal  Memorandum of Understanding between the Universities of Edinburgh and Toronto has also been signed.  Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, University of Edinburgh Principal and  Vice-Chancellor, said: “The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with Canada, and I am delighted that we have been able to celebrate these not  only by  holding the General Council meeting in Toronto, but also by recognising the work  of these honorary graduates.” 

The University of  Edinburgh is currently home to 450 Canadian students studying  a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Notable graduates include  Nova Scotian physician and Canadian parliamentarian William Johnston Almon; Sir  Charles Tupper, the sixth Prime Minister of Canada; and Andrew Fernando Holmes,  one of the founders of the Montreal Medical Institution. 

The General Council  Meeting has underlined Edinburgh’s commitment to North  America, which will be further strengthened in October when the University opens an office in New York.



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