Lech Walesa to get honorary degree

London Metropolitan varsity to present the degree

He `started a process of change and growth for Poland’

7th December 2009: London Metropolitan University is all set to present an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy to Lech Walesa in recognition of his outstanding contribution to international relations in Europe and the wider world.

The degree is to be handed over at a ceremony scheduled to be held on 8th December at London’s Barbican Centre.

Commenting on the award, varsity Vice-Chancellor Alfred Morris said: “Lech Walesa started a process of change and growth for Poland, which continues to this day. British society and British Universities are richer for the contributions made by Poles, and we seek increasingly to develop dialogue and academic exchange between our two countries.”
London Metropolitan University and the Association of Polish Entrepreneurs & Companies UK have been working together to strengthen commercial and academic links with Poland and to put together the details of Lech Walesa’s visit to the UK, during which he will also be meeting a number of Polish students. 
"We are delighted that London Metropolitan University has chosen the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of communism in Central and Eastern Europe which started in Poland due to the trade union Solidarity, to give President Lech Walesa, founder of Solidarity, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and past President of Poland, such an honour in recognition of his outstanding achievements."  said Elizabeth Walker, Chairman of the Association of Polish Entrepreneurs and Companies UK .

London Metropolitan University is London’s largest single university, and more than 700 Polish students add to the diversity of its student body. In recognition of the award made to him of an Honorary Doctorate London Metropolitan University has announced a new scholarship programme for outstanding Polish students in  Lech Walesa’s name. The scholarships will offer full and partial tuition on a range of masters degree courses to outstanding Polish students.

London Metropolitan University also has close relationships with Polish universities including an agreement with Jagellonian University for staff and faculty exchange in the areas of international relations, providing research opportunities and teacher exchange between the two Universities; and a student exchange programme, funded through the EU’s Socrates Erasmus programme, with Wroclaw University.

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