French Order of Academic Palms Awarded to M.Ogorodov and L.Chitakhova

French Order of Academic Palms Awarded to M.Ogorodov and L.Chitakhova

7 April 2021

April 7th, MGIMO hosted a ceremony during which the Head of the department of the French language M.Ogorodov and Associate Professor of the department L.Chitakhova were decorated with the Order of the Academic Palms of France. Bestowed on behalf of the Minister of National Education, Youth and Sports of France, the awards were presented in a solemn atmosphere by the Ambassador of France to Russia Pierre Levy.

The Ambassador was introduced to the audience by the Rector A.Torkunov, who spoke about the long-running history of Russian-French cooperation and the opening in 1993 of the first Russian master's dual degree program between MGIMO and Sciences Po. Congratulating his colleagues, the Rector emphasized: “This is a high-level appraisal by the French side of the tireless work performed by M.Ogorodov and L.Chitakhova. It makes us proud!"

Ambassador Pierre Levy noted in his speech: “It gives me great pleasure to be at this prestigious university today; its international reputation is the pride of those who preside over it, of the teachers who teach here, and the students who attend it. I did not hesitate when I received your invitation to attend this day dedicated to the French language." He praised the successful teamwork of MGIMO’s French department. The award presented to two of its teachers testifies to the quality of the work of the department. The Ambassador also underlined the significant contribution of M.Ogorodov and L.Chitakhova to the development of Russian-French relations, in particular to the activities of the Trianon Dialogue.

During the visit of the delegation of the French Embassy to MGIMO, the parties discussed current projects of the Trianon Dialogue in the field of environmental protection, the opening of a new Russian-French MA in Environmental Management in the Corporate Sector (jointly with the Russian State Hydrometeorological University and the University of Paris-Saclay), and further prospects for cooperation. The sides also agreed to set up a course of lectures on the mechanisms guiding France's foreign policy.