Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, received today an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow, McGill founder James McGill’s alma mater. Principal Munroe-Blum was made a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) at the University’s Commemoration Day ceremony, which celebrates the founding of the University of Glasgow in 1451.
“I am very pleased to be able to award an honorary degree to Professor Heather Munroe-Blum in recognition of her vital academic work in the fields of psychiatric epidemiology and public policy, and for her commitment to championing the role of universities in enriching society,” said Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow.
“I welcome this occasion to celebrate McGill’s Scottish roots and our numerous academic ties with one of the world’s best – and oldest – universities,” said Prof. Munroe-Blum. “I thank the University of Glasgow, and its Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli, for this prestigious accolade and wish to share it with my colleagues at McGill, whose engagement and dedication have been of tremendous support to me in my years as McGill Principal.”
“I wish to congratulate Principal Munroe-Blum on this distinction, a testament to her leadership in bringing McGill to new heights in research and scholarship and building on its international partnerships and collaborations, while always maintaining a strong commitment to its roots and heritage,” said Stuart (Kip) Cobbett, Chair of McGill’s Board of Governors.
Heather Munroe-Blum also holds honorary degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, McMaster University, École normale supérieure de Lyon, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto, the University of Edinburgh and the Université de Montréal.
McGill also celebrated its Scottish roots in May 2012 when it bestowed honorary degrees on Prof. Muscatelli and Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh. Principals Muscatelli and O’Shea at the time unveiled three commemorative benches made of Scottish granite installed in the McGill Visitor’s Garden to celebrate the longstanding ties that bind the three universities. Replicas made of Quebec granite were also installed on McGill’s Macdonald Campus.
About McGill University
Founded in Montreal, Que., in 1821, McGill is a leading Canadian post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 11 professional schools, 300 programs of study and some 38,000 students, including 8,800 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, with more than 7,700 international students making up 20 per cent of the student body. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including more than 6,700 with French as their first language. For more information about McGill University: www.mcgill.ca
About the University of Glasgow
Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Today it is a broad-based, research-intensive institution with a global reach. For more information about the University of Glasgow: www.glasgow.ac.uk.”