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Archbishop of Canterbury makes Jubilee visit to Christ Church

09 March 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University's Jubilee celebrations continued with a special visit from the University's Chancellor, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams.

The Archbishop of Canterbury taking questions from the University's staff and students.
The Archbishop of Canterbury taking questions from the University's staff and students.

Hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robin Baker CMG, the Archbishop spent time discussing the topic of toleration in liberal societies with staff and students from the University’s Politics and International Relations programme, before attending a question and answer session open to all staff and students.

During his open question and answer session, Dr Williams answered questions on topics such as the importance of religious education within the national curriculum and how it can help build an understanding and respect of different religions; the role that the Christian faith can play in a new world order; and its responsibility in helping to promote religious tolerance and equal civil rights for all.

Professor Baker said: “We are enormously fortunate at Christ Church to have Archbishop Rowan as our Chancellor.  His understanding of universities and students is deep and his willingness to debate the vital questions of the age with our students was hugely appreciated by them."

The Archbishop of Canterbury with staff and students from the Department of Politcs and International Relations.
The Archbishop of Canterbury with staff and students from the Department of Politcs and International Relations.

Dr David Bates, Programme Director of Politics and International Relations at the University, added: “It was a great opportunity for our students to question a leading world figure. They asked a variety of challenging questions and Dr Williams was open and encouraging in his responses, arguing that the Church of England can perform a positive role in promoting both diversity of religious beliefs and practices within a tolerant, multicultural society.”

The Chancellor was joined on his visit by the Primates of the Indian Ocean, Most Revd Ian Ernest; of Rwanda, the Most Revd Onesphore Rwaje; and of Southern Cone, Most Revd Hector (Tito) Zavala.

Canterbury Christ Church University was established by the Church of England in 1962 as a teacher training college on one site, with just nine members of staff and 70 students. The University has grown in size and reputation with 20,000 students studying a wide range of subjects in Education, Health and Social Care, Social and Applied Sciences, and Arts and Humanities, across Kent and Medway.

The Archbishop of Canterbury continues discussions with a student.
The Archbishop of Canterbury continues discussions with a student.

To celebrate 50 years of higher education and innovation, the University has produced an exciting programme of events to mark this momentous year, with music being central to the Jubilee celebrations.

For more information on events and how to get involved in the University’s celebrations visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/About/GoldenJubilee

 

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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