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UL set to award six honorary doctorates



UL set to award six honorary doctorates at the end of the month. The recipients include world renowned dancer Michael Flatley, Chernobyl Children activist, Adi Roche, Irish activist and wife of rock star Bono, Ali Hewson, hotelier Peter Malone, former Revenue chairperson and head of the policing authority Josephine Feehily and John Cleland Watson Wylie. Just last year UL awarded rugby legend Paul O’Connell with an honorary doctorate of science after his retirement from International rugby.

UL announced just last week that the University has been ranked in the top 150 of the 2016 Times Higher Education Young Universities of the World. Although the ranking has not been disclosed it is still a huge achievement for the university. UL vice-president academic and registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon announced the University has been named in the ‘Top 150 under 50’, established in 1972. University Limerick is one of the top ranked Universities and was the Sunday Times University of the year 2015. UL continues to grow each year as one of the most popular universities in Ireland and internationally.

“This latest accolade comes during a period of increasing international recognition of the growing status of the university. We are widely recognised for the outstanding student experience we offer to all our students, the excellence of our research and the impact UL is making on our society and our economy,” said Professor Paul McCutcheon on the universities recent success.

University Limerick was also recently ranked 139th out of 800 educational institutes worldwide based on an international outlook indicator, institutes are ranked based on their placing of internationalism high on their agenda.


On Friday April 28 University Limerick will award the honorary doctorates to the six individuals.

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