Duanmu Mei, president of the Beijing Alumni Association of Lingnan University, has been awarded the Ordre National du Mérite by the French government.
Ms Duanmu, an alumnus of the affiliated primary school of Lingnan University in the 1950s, received the Ordre national du Mérite for her devotion to the promotion of Sino-French academic exchange.
Hosting and speaking at the award ceremony in Beijing, Sylvie Bermann, the French ambassador to China, spoke highly of Ms Duanmu’s contributions to fostering academic interactions between France and China, particularly in promoting broader knowledge of French history among the Chinese. She also praised Duanmu Zheng, Ms Duanmu’s father, who was educated in France after the Second World War and later became a professor of law and history at Lingnan University in Guangzhou in the 1950s, for his endeavours to promote friendship and academic exchange between the two nations.
Founded by former French president Charles de Gaulle in 1963, the Ordre National du Mérite (National Order of Merit) is an Order of State awarded by the French president to prominent individuals with outstanding achievements in their respective areas.