Dr Loïc Guyon, Head of the Department of French Studies at MIC, awarded National Order of Merit by French Government
Dr Loïc Guyon, Head of the Department of French Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick was recently admitted to the rank of Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite. Dr Guyon’s award was officially presented to him on 15 June at a ceremony in the residence of the French Ambassador, M. Jean-Pierre Thébault.
L’ordre national du Mérite is a French order of merit instituted in 1963 by President Charles de Gaulle. After the Légion d’honneur, it is the second highest civil award to be bestowed by the French state. Its purpose is to reward ‘distinguished merit’ and to honour individuals from all fields of activity, to reflect the dynamic diversity of French society, its different cultures and social origins, and to reward innovation and special contributions to the renown of France.
This significant honour comes three years after Dr Guyon was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’ordre des Palmes académiques.
Loïc Guyon was born in Romans (France). He took his Licence and his Maîtrise de Lettres Modernes at Université Stendhal-Grenoble 3. He then spent a few years at the University of Kent at Canterbury during which he obtained an MA in Comparative Literary Studies and a PhD in French as well as a Doctorat ès Lettres from the Université de Paris 8. In 2002 he was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship thanks to which he spent one year in the Moore Institute (NUI Galway) researching on Travel Literature. He taught French at University College Cork, NUI Maynooth and University College Dublin before being appointed to a permanent position at the University of Ulster in 2006. He was appointed Head of the Department of French Studies at Mary Immaculate College in August 2009.
According to Darach Sanfey, French Lecturer in MIC;
“We are proud to congratulate our colleague, Dr Loïc Guyon, on this significant honour. The order has approximately 187,000 members around the world; needless to say, we are extremely proud to have one of them right here in MIC. Félicitations, cher collègue!“
Dr Loïc Guyon being presented with his award of Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite by the French Ambassador, M. Jean-Pierre Thébault.