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HOME > News > News / 2005 > President Anzai was awarded the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government

President Anzai was awarded the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French Government

Updated July 05, 2005

On June 27, 2005, the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques medal was awarded to President Anzai (Professor of the Faculty of Science and Technology for Information and Computer Science) by French Republic. The conferment ceremony was held at the main conference room of the Mita Campus. The l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques is awarded to people who are engaged in academic activities including higher education. Of the three grades of the award: Commandeur, Officier and Chevalier, President Anzai received the Commandeur in the highest level. (See below for detailed information of the l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques.)

In 1996, Professor Anzai as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology celebrated the 10-year anniversary of academic exchange with ECN (Ecole Centrale de Nantes). In 2002, Professor Anzai as President of Keio University delivered a lecture ” La Reforme Universitaire au Japon “ at Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris. In spring in 2005, he made the framework agreement with presidents of the Intergroupe des Ecoles Centrale in Paris, Lyon, Nantes and Lille, for establishment of the double degree program. About 20 years of academic exchange between Keio University and ECN has borne fruit

At the conferment ceremony having a lot of attendants from inside and outside Keio University, there was presentation of the decoration by the Ambassador and the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques was awarded to President Anzai. After President Anzai expressed his gratitude and spoke of his thoughts upon learning, the conferment was concluded.

At the convivial party after the conferment, a toast was given by Mr. Takeshi Fukuzawa, Chairman of the council of Keio University and CEO of Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. which was followed by complementary addresses delivered by Mr. Hisanori Isomura, the founding president of Maison de la culture du Japon a Paris, Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, a member of the House of Representatives and the former Chief Cabinet Secretary, and Mr. Francoise Guelle, Academic Attache of the Embassy of France.

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The Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques is a purple medal with design of palme branches. The award is given to those who actively introduced to Japan French language education and academic pursuits performed in France, and those who contributed to cultural exchange between France and Japan. According to the homepage of the Embassy of France, “after consultation with the French Ambassador to Japan, the departments of cultural and science affairs of the Embassy of France offers a recommendation. It is then examined by the Ministry of Education, Research and Technology in France.” At the Ministry of Education, Research and Technology, there is headquarters of the association of l'Ordres des Palmes Academiques composed of total 35,000 awardees from 75 nations. Of the total awardees, there are about 110 Japanese people.

President Yuichiro Anzai of Keio University

President Yuichiro Anzai of Keio University

President Anzai and the French Ambassador to Japan, Bernard de Montferrand

President Anzai and the French Ambassador to Japan, Bernard de Montferrand

President and members of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Keio University

President and members of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Keio University

the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques medal

the Commandeur de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques medal

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