Andrei Stsiapanau, Doctor of Social Science and lecturer at the European Humanities University’s Social and Political Sciences Department, has been named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Knight of the Order of the Academic Palms) by the French government. This award is bestowed in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of French culture. The decision is made by the Prime Minister of France on the advice of the Minister of Education.
The Academic Palms distinction was founded as a decoration by Napoleon I in 1808 to honor university lecturers and lyceum teachers, and was made an Order by decree of President René Coty on October 4, 1955. The Order comprises three grades (Knight, Officer, and Commander) and is bestowed upon both foreign and French nationals working abroad.
Among other recipients of the award are Sergei Pankovski, Dean of the EHU’s French-Belarusian Department, and EHU Rector Professor Anatoli Mikhailov.