On March 26, 2013, IES Abroad Nantes Center Director Dr. Thibaut de Berranger was promoted to the grade of Officer of the Order of Academic Palms at the University of Nantes by Dr. Michel de Villiers, who teaches PO372 Government and Politics in France since 1958 at IES Abroad. Dr. Marc Joyau, who teaches PO/EC382 The European Union and France at IES Abroad, was nominated to the grade of Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.
The Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is a French Order of Chivalry for academic, cultural, and educational figures, founded by Emperor Napoléon on March 17, 1808, to honor eminent members of the University. The award recognizes major contributions to French national education and culture.
Since 1955, the Ordre des Palmes Académiques has comprised three grades (from highest to lowest):
- Commandeur (Commander) — medallion worn on necklet
- Officier (Officer) — medallion worn on ribbon with rosette on left breast
- Chevalier (Knight) — medallion worn on ribbon on left breast
Decisions on nominations and promotions are decided by the Minister of Education. These honors are announced on July 14, which is Bastille Day.
Félicitations, IES Abroad Nantes!