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  • 31 December 2013, 0:23

Prince William To Attend Cambridge University

The Duke of Cambridge is going back to university in the New Year, Kensington Palace has announced.

Prince William will become a full-time student at Cambridge University for 10 weeks from early January until mid-March.

He will learn about the issues facing rural communities and the farming industry through 18 to 20 hours of lectures, seminars and meetings a week.

Essays and field trips are also likely to form part of the course, which is run by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), an institution within Cambridge University's School of Technology.

The Duke, who graduated with a geography degree from the University of St Andrews in 2005, has signed up as preparation for his future role in running the Duchy of Cornwall, which he will eventually inherit from his father.

A palace spokesman said William was "very much looking forward to" his studies.

"The executive education programme of seminars, lectures and meetings will draw on the strengths of academics across the university," the spokesman added.

"It will start in early January and run until mid-March.

"The course has been designed to help provide the Duke with an understanding of contemporary issues affecting agricultural business and rural communities in the United Kingdom."

The costs for the course, which does not lead to a formal qualification, will be met privately.

William is expected to live in Cambridge for some of the time while he is studying at the university, but will still carry out a number of royal engagements.

He is due to visit Australia and New Zealand with the Duchess of Cambridge in April. The couple's son, Prince George, is expected to join them.

William gave up operational duties with the air force in September after completing a three-year tour as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.

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