British High Commisioner to India and Leicester graduate, Sir Rob Young KCMG, is to return to the campus on Thursday May 11.
Sir Rob, who gained a BA (Hons) in French and Latin in 1967, is in the city under the auspices of British Trade International and will visit a number of city organisations.
But his first stop will be at his alma mater from where his distinguished career began – he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office directly after leaving the University of Leicester.
His diplomatic career has predominantly been spent between the Middle East and Western Europe. He also had two spells in Paris, before and after the Cold War.
He has met University representatives at education fairs in India and he told the University Graduates Review that his time at Leicester was ‘the most intensive period of intellectual stimulus I’ve ever had’, looking back on it ‘with enormous pleasure’.
He said: “At Leicester I had the time to explore some of the moral and ethical issues which the demands of one’s careers afterwards make it more difficult to sustain. I think the biggest lesson I learned from those studies was the supreme value of the individual in society. And that has been a constant pole for me in my development and in my professional life.”
Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Peter Fearon said: “We are delighted to welcome back to Leicester a graduate and a friend. The University has close links with India through its teaching and research programmes and therefore Sir Rob’s visit has an added significance.
“Sir Rob’s visit will provide opportunities not simply to travel down memory lane, but to highlight ways in which the University can forge better linkages in India in order to deliver the benefits of Leicester’s excellent teaching and research programmes to a wider audience.”
Sir Rob will meet with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Burgess and other senior members of the University.
NOTE TO NEWS AND PICTURE DESKS:Sir Rob is visiting the University of Leicester on Thursday May 11 between 9-10am. There will be a brief photo/interview opportunity at approx. 9.45am. Please call Ather Mirza on 0116 252 3335.
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