Professor Jacqueline Lo awarded Knight of the Order of Academic Palms [fr]
On 8 December 2014, His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Australia, presented the insignia of "Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques" (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms) to Professor Jacqueline Lo.
Professor Lo was awarded this honour for her academic and research excellence, and for her great contribution to the international recognition of France’s key role in the European Union.
According to His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier, “As Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies, Professor Lo has enhanced the richness and the complexity of the relationships between France and Australia. Professor Lo is a remarkable and engaging individual. Her work has successfully bridged the distance and culture between Australia and Europe.”
Aside from her significant research in European-Australian cultural and political relations, Professor Lo has been actively supporting ongoing collaboration between the ANU and French academic institutions including the EHESS - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Sciences Po and the École Normale Supérieure de Paris.
Mr Lionel Jospin, Professor Jacqueline Lo, His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier
The award ceremony was witnessed by former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin who conveyed his warm congratulations and appreciation for Professor Lo’s work.
Professor Jacqueline Lo conversing with Mr Lionel Jospin and His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier
Professor Lo has been Director of the ANU Centre for European Studies, College of Arts and Social Sciences since 2011. The Centre was founded in 2001 and is the oldest EU Studies Centre in the region. It is co-funded by the European Union and the ANU.
The French Academic Palms
The French Academic Palms recognises those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture. For those who are named and promoted in the Order of the French Academic Palms (l’Ordre des Palmes académiques), this esteemed distinction acknowledges their merits, talents, and exemplary activities. It is the oldest non-military French decoration. Napoleon I first created the Palmes académiques as an honorary title to recognize members of the University in 1808. The Academic Palms became a decoration in 1866, under Napoléon III, at which time the honor was also extended to non-teaching persons who had rendered illustrious service to French education. By decree of President René Coty, the Order of the Academic Palms was instituted in 1955 as the first of ministerial orders recognized by the French Republic and was defined by three ranks: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), and Commandeur (Commander).