- Former US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has become the 11th chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
- With the new position, she has also set a record as the first woman to get the appointment in the university's 175-year-old history
- In her appreciation statement, Clinton said she is very proud of the new role, adding that she has had a great fondness for the institution for years
Former US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, has been appointed the new chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast.
According to Daily Mail, she would be taking on the ceremonial post in Northern Ireland, the site of the peace process that was one of the successes of her husband’s administration.
It should be noted that with the new development, she has become the first woman to hold the position, in the institution’s 175-year-old existence.
"It is a great privilege to become the chancellor of Queen's University, a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years," she said in a tweet.
During her time as secretary under the Barack Obama’s administration, Clinton paid a visit to Belfast to give support to the 1998 Good Friday peace accord.
The accord put an end the 30-year-old violence between Catholics wanting a union with Ireland and Protestant unionists who wanted Northern Ireland to remain a part of the UK.
“The university is making waves internationally for its research and impact and I am proud to be an ambassador and help grow its reputation for excellence,” she said.
With the new position, she has become the institution’s 11th chancellor.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that German chancellor Angela Merkel was named the most powerful woman in the world in 2019 by Forbes.
The German politician was recognised for her role in standing up to US President Donald Trump by allowing more than a million Syrian refugees to enter Germany, a decision that was opposed by the Republican leader.
On Thursday, December 12, Merkel beat Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank to second place with Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as speaker of the House in the US in 2007 ranked third.
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