Trinity College Dublin welcomed the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, last week (Friday, March 7th, 2014). Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was joined by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, on her visit to Ireland’s leading university where she addressed Trinity students on the topic of ‘Europe in a Globalised World’.
Welcoming Chancellor Merkel, Trinity’s Deputy President, Professor Linda Hogan, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Chancellor Merkel to Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s leading university which has produced some of the world’s great leaders across the sciences and humanities, including two Nobel Laureates, Samuel Beckett in literature and Ernest Walton in science. At the frontier of research and education, Trinity together with our international collaborators, will continue to tackle the major global challenges of our day, the challenges of ageing, energy and environmental sustainability. As Ireland’s economy recovers we will work with Government to serve societal and economic development needs.”
“We are particularly honoured by Chancellor Merkel’s visit to Trinity today where over 250 German students are attending the University and enrich the diversity of the College’s multicultural campus.”
More than 190 students gathered at the special event hosted by Trinity’s oldest student debating society, the Philosophical Society, to hear the Chancellor’s address. Among those gathered were many of the University’s German students.
Trinity’s Deputy President, Professor Linda Hogan, opened proceedings and Ireland’s Prime Minister, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, also spoke, following which Chancellor Merkel addressed the students. The discussion was opened to students and there was a question and answer session.
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About Trinity College Dublin:
Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s leading university across all international rankings, and is ranked 61st globally in 2013 QS World University Ranking. Founded in 1592, it is situated in an historic campus at the heart of Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. Many of its alumni have helped shape history and include two Nobel prize winners – Ernest Walton for physics and Samuel Beckett for literature. Today, Trinity College Dublin offers a multicultural environment with 16,646 students from 122 countries. It is recognised internationally as Ireland’s premier university. Cutting-edge research, technology and innovation places the university at the forefront of higher education in Ireland and globally. It encompasses all major academic disciplines, and is committed to world-class teaching and research across the range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science, social and health sciences. In areas such as immunology, materials science, and molecular biology and genetics, Trinity is among the world’s leading research institutions, and, in Ireland, almost one quarter of all spin-out companies in higher education institutions come from Trinity. Trinity ranks in the world’s top 1% of research institutions in 18 STEM fields, including immunology, materials science, and molecular biology and genetics. (Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators, in terms of research impact as measured by citations)