Class Patron

Four students of the Benjamin Franklin MATA Class of 2019 during Closing Ceremony at the College of Europe

Benjamin Franklin MATA Class of 2019

In order to underline the spirit of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs as a joint degree programme aimed at building a transatlantic community, each graduating cohort of MATA students has a class patron. This is typically a prominent transatlantic figure.  

Benjamin Franklin MATA Class of 2019.

The patron of the first MATA class of 2017-2019 is BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. 

Born in Boston, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) may be regarded as a transatlantic personality par excellence. An author, statesman, entrepreneur, scientist, inventor and philanthropist, Franklin lived his life alternately on both sides of the Atlantic. Among his countless activities figure those of a leading newspaper editor in Philadelphia, being one of the most influential founding fathers of the United States, the founder of Columbia University and first US ambassador to France in the period following the Declaration of Independence. He helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and negotiate the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War.

More information about Benjamin Franklin can be found on the website of ‘The Franklin Institute’.