Ghent University and KU Leuven confer joint honorary doctorate on Angela Merkel

(02-01-2017) On Thursday 12 January 2017 Rector Anne De Paepe (UGent) and Rector Rik Torfs (KU Leuven) conferred a joint honorary doctorate on German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel.

She received the honorary doctorate for her diplomatic and political efforts to develop the political strength of Europe, and to defend the values that allow our continent to find unity in diversity.

The academic ceremony was held in The Egg in Brussels on Thursday 12 January, in the presence of Prime Minister Charles Michel and Minister-President Geert Bourgeois.