In his introductory remarks, Rector Martin Täuber remembered that the University of Bern had awarded the honorary doctorate to Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel within the framework of its 175-year anniversary in 2009. The title was awarded for the first time on behalf of the entire university. Täuber says the fact that diploma will only be ceremoniously presented today within the framework of a political visit also has its good sides: “The past years have impressively confirmed that the decision was more than justified from today’s point of view.”
Committed to climate change mitigation
The Federal chancellor shares to commitment to climate change mitigation with the University of Bern, explained Täuber. The University of Bern has pursued climate research on a high international level for a long time. The PhD physicist strongly advocated climate change mitigation as Minister of the Environment from 1994 – “quite early in her career, at a time when this was still not a matter of course”, emphasised Täuber.
In the laudatory speech the Rector paid tribute to the Federal Chancellor as a politician who consistently intercedes for the good of the public in the most varying functions and pursues a policy of dialogue. Moreover, she is a personality who is involved with great dedication to the European integration process, emphatically draws attention to human rights and resolutely counters anti-Semitic tendencies. She also advocates equal opportunities for women. Under thunderous applause the Rector presented the Federal Chancellor the red scroll with the diploma.