Edinburgh University awards honorary degree to Clinton

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Former US president Bill Clinton has been awarded an honorary degree by Edinburgh University.

The two-term leader 
received the degree of Doctor honoris causa during a recent visit to university. The award, presented by university principal and vice-chancellor Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, was in recognition of his work with the Clinton Foundation, which aims to improve global health and protect the environment.

The presentation of the award took place on Friday.

Sir Timothy said: “It is a privilege to welcome president Clinton to Edinburgh and to present him with an honorary degree. It recognises his charitable work to develop partnerships which will improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness and protect the environment.”

In a separate engagement on Friday, the former president addressed the Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh. During the speech, he urged both sides of the Scottish independence debate to respectfully weigh up the pros and cons without “tearing the place apart”.

“When you get a question like this, how respectfully you treat it, and how honestly you try to listen to other people and then come to the practical conclusion, is sometimes as important as the decision that’s made,” he said. “You just have to run up the pluses and minuses and do it in a way that doesn’t tear the place apart while you’re trying to reach an agreement.”