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Haarde receives honorary doctorate from University of Minnesota

Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde received honorary doctorate from the University of Minnesota at a special ceremony at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík yesterday, three hours after the new coalition was established.

“This has been a great day,” the Prime Minister, who graduated with a Masters in economics at the University of Minnesota in 1977, told Morgunbladid.

Haarde received the honorary doctorate from the President of the University of Minnesota, Robert H. Bruininks. Bruininks said in his speech that Haarde had been given the honorary doctorate for his contribution to Icelandic society and for furthering the reputation of the university.

The University of Minnesota and the University of Iceland have cooperated for 25 years. Bruininks and the University of Iceland President Kristín Ingólfsdóttir signed an agreement regarding continued cooperation yesterday.

Haarde said it is very important for Icelandic society that university students study abroad. “Learning from other countries is an invaluable part of the educational development in Iceland and the development of our society,” the Prime Minister said.

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