Former US President to visit Belfast

Published Wednesday, 15 January 2014
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Former US President Bill Clinton is to visit Belfast later this year.

Former US President to visit Belfast
President Clinton received an honorary degree from Queen's in 2001. (© Queen's)

Clinton, who played an instrumental role in the peace process, will arrive in March to open the university's leadership institute, which has been named after him.

The William J. Clinton Leadership Institute, based at Riddel Hall in south Belfast, aims to promote economic growth in the local business community.

Following the announcement the institute was to be named after him, President Clinton said: "I am honoured to be associated with this Institute.

"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."

Speaking about the visit, Queen's acting president and vice-chancellor, Professor James McElnay, said: "Queen's is honoured to once again welcome President Clinton to the university.

"He has a long and proud association with both Queen's and Northern Ireland and he will have the opportunity to see at first hand our leadership institute to which he has given his name.

"The aim of the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen's is directly aligned to the goals of the Clinton Foundation.

"It provides a focus at the heart of the local business community, supporting economic growth and the ongoing development of the knowledge economy."

After President Clinton left office in 2001, he established the Clinton Foundation.

He, along with his wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea, work to help build partnerships between government, private individuals and organisations to help improve communities across the world.

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