EDINBURGH - Donald Trump is to receive an honorary degree in business from a Scottish university on Friday despite protests from local residents who say his massive 750 million pound (NZD$1.6 billion) golf resort could force them out of their homes.
Critics at Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen argue that the US reality star and property tycoon doesn't deserve the degree, but the university counters that students have much to learn from his business savvy.
Trump himself sounded upbeat about the award, telling reporters: 'It's a great university, it's a great honor and a great place.'
Local home owners claim Trump wants to force them to make room for his luxury resort, which features a five-star hotel, more than 1,000 homes and two golf courses and is expected to open in the summer of 2012.
David Kennedy, a former head of the university, argued that Trump ignored the local planning committee to build the golf resort near the residential Menie Estate north of Aberdeen. 'That is not the work of an honorable businessman,' he said."
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