David's prestigious place to study at Dutch university; He's the 30,000th student to enrol.
Byline: GARY PORTER Flintshire Reporter gary email@example.com
A FORMER Holywell High School pupil has secured a special place in the 400-year history of the second oldest Dutch university by becoming the 30,000th student to enrol at the institution.
David Davies, a first-year Bachelor's student of Computing Science at the University of Groningen, was presented with a laptop, a bouquet of flowers and a university jumper by the president Sibrand Poppema to mark the milestone.
He said: "I was very surprised when they called me to announce that I was the 30,000th student of the University of Groningen. I am honoured that I am the one to reach this milestone."
John Weir, acting headteacher at Holywell High, spoke of the school's pride after David hit the headlines over in the Netherlands.
"We are all immensely proud of David for gaining a place at Groningen University," he said.
"He is a very mature and amiable young man and I'm sure he will be a great ambassador for Holywell and for Wales."
A total of 6,254 students enrolled for the first time with 13.2% coming from abroad.
Sibrand Poppema, president of the board of the university, said: "The University of Groningen is well and truly on the map, both nationally and internationally. I am proud to welcome even more international students to Groningen; they are an increasingly important factor in the growth of our university."
The University of Groningen was founded in 1614, which makes it the oldest in the Netherlands after Leiden.
In the past the institution has boasted a Nobel Prize winner, the first female university student in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.
university of Groningen presi-|dent Sibrand Poppema congratulates David Davies from Holywell. PIC BY MARCEL SPENJER