Mrs Lilas Bernheim, Deputy Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau (left), presents the award to Mr David Santandreu.


法國駐港澳總領事館副總領事Lilas Bernheim女士(左)頒發棕櫚教育軍官勳章給桑戴維先生

Date: 23 Jun 2015 (Tuesday)

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Mr David Santandreu receives prestigious academic award from French Government

桑戴維先生獲法國政府頒發學術勳章

Mr David Santandreu, Director of the Da Tong Project of the Faculty of Arts, was awarded Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Officer in the Order of Academic Palms) by the French Prime Minister and Minister of Education for his outstanding contributions to Higher Education. According to the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau Mr Santandreu is the first Officier (Palmes Académiques) in Hong Kong history.

Mr Santandreu is pleased to receive the award, he said: “I am absolutely ecstatic. I couldn’t believe it at first when I was informed that the Prime Minister had decided to promote me to Officer, which is similar to an OBE in the UK. I was even happier when the Deputy Consul General told the audience at the ceremony that it was ‘exceptional’ to be promoted at my age.”

Mr Santandreu has extensive experience in teaching and learning, having held senior academic and administrative roles in institutions in Hong Kong, Australia and South Korea. He has received prestigious teaching awards and was knighted by the French Government for his contribution to education.

The Order of Academic Palms is the oldest and most highly respected award presented to scholars by the French government. It recognises those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture.

文學院「打通計劃」主任桑戴維先生最近獲法國總理和教育部長頒發「棕櫚教育軍官勳章」,以表揚他對高等教育的貢獻。根據法國駐港澳總領事館的資料,桑戴維先生是第一位在香港獲得該勳章的人士。

桑戴維先生對於獲頒勳章表示高興,他說:「我既感驚喜,也不敢相信,因為這個勳章等於英國的OBE勳銜,令我更高興的是副總領事在頒獎禮上說,在我這個年紀就獲得這個勳章是十分罕有的。」

桑戴維先生曾在香港、澳洲和南韓的院校擔任學術和行政高職,教與學經驗豐富,並曾獲教學獎和法國政府頒授的爵士勳銜,以表揚他對教育的貢獻。

棕櫚教育軍官勳章是法國政府頒給學者的高級榮譽,旨在表揚在法國教育和文化上有傑出貢獻的人士。