Honoris Causa Titles awarded by the University of Montpellier since January 01, 2015
An “honoris causa” doctorate (derived from the latin “causa”, meaning the source of or the reason for, preceded by the genitive of honor, honoris), is an honorary degree awarded by a university or a faculty to an eminent personality.
The degree of Doctor Honoris Causa gives French universities the opportunity to honor foreign eminent scientists who have rendered valuable services to science, literature and the arts. It is one of the most prestigious distinctions awarded by French higher education institutions.
Etoiles de l’Europe
Two UM researchers are among the 12 winners of the Étoiles de l’Europe, which recognize European commitment and the coordination of international projects.
Created by the decree on 26 June 1918
The decree of 26 June 1918 authorizes, under Article 1, to award the title of Doctor Honoris Causa without conferring on the holder any right granted by laws and regulations to doctoral degree holders.
According to Article 2, the title of Doctor Honoris Causa could only be awarded to foreigners as form of recognition of their outstanding services rendered to sciences, letters and arts, to France or to the university awarding it.
Among the other provisions of the decree, one distinguished the origin of the proposal, depending on whether it came from one of the faculties or from the university itself.
It seems that from the beginning, during the solemn ceremony, at the same time as he received his diploma, the holder received the doctor’s insignia: a shoe or epitoge generally in the colors of the university or faculty.
The origin of this tradition could date back to the 17th century.
Nowadays this title is awarded to foreign personalities. This choice underlines the fact that universities have a vocation to reach beyond borders and are increasingly getting global.
The common practice is for only 4 titles per year to be awarded in order to maintain the prestige of this distinction.