The Ambassador of France in Argentina Claudia Scherer-Effosse decorated Wednesday at Dr. Alberto Barbieri with the insignia of Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in recognition of his professional, academic and international career and his management as Rector of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA).
The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the best known and important of French distinctions. It was established by Napoleon bonaparte in 1802 and is awarded to men and women, French or foreigners, for extraordinary merits made in the relationship with France.
Barbieri said upon receiving the distinction: “The values of France are very present in Argentine culture. Freedom, equality and education as the engine of progress are deep traces of our society ”.
The Rector of the UBA mentioned: “I emphasize the value of education because I am, in effect, a product of the public education. Everything I have achieved in my professional and academic life I owe to public education. This recognition that is granted to me is a vindication of education as a vehicle for equal opportunities ”.
Barbieri also said about the strategic link between the UBA and France: “Those same French principles and values that I have applied throughout my career also guide me in my responsibilities at the head of the University of Buenos Aires. France is a key partner in our process of internationalization and global cooperation, particularly with the European Union. The actions –among others– of the Franco-Argentine Center for Advanced Studies, the collaboration with the Luis Pasteur Institute and the multiple cooperation agreements with different French academic units, to which are added the recent strategic alliance between the UBA and the National School of Administration of France and the new UBA-Europe program are clear signs of our firm determination in the consolidation of our alliance based on knowledge, science and technological innovation ”.
The international and Argentine personalities who received the French Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor was awarded internationally to personalities of culture and art such as Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Sean Connery and Walt Disney, of painting such as Henri Matisse, of sports such as Zinedine Zidane and Michael Schumacher and of science as the co-discoverer of the AIDS virus Luc Montagnier and the explorer Jacques Cousteau.
Among the Argentines who received the Legion of Honor are the writer Jorge Luis Borges, the plastic artist Julio Le Parc, the cartoonist Quino together with Mafalda, the president of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo Stela of Carlotto, the international chef Mauro Colagreco and the tango singer Susana Rinaldi.
Barbieri was appointed Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor on June 14 by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and on Wednesday he received the medal. The French government indicated that the award “is a recognition of their work and the work they have been developing at the service of Franco-Argentine relations and university cooperation.”