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Bern University celebrates its 175th birthday

British best-selling spy author John Le Carré praised Bern University on Saturday as the "cradle of my writing skills" at a ceremony marking its 175th anniversary.

Le Carré said at the ceremony in Bern cathedral he had learnt much during his time at the university after the Second World War.

“Through the university I found my freedom and also friendship,” he said.

Le Carré, whose real name is David John Moore Cornwell, studied German literature in Bern from 1948 to 1949.

The speaker of the Swiss House of Representatives, Chiara Simoneschi-Cortesi, noted that the university had written history, particularly with Albert Einstein and Theodor Kocher who had won Nobel prizes.

She added that Bern University was still making a name for itself, especially in the fields of climate and space research.

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