The title “Doctor Honoris Causa” is one of the most ancient university traditions. In France, it was made official by decree during the Third Republic on the 26th June 1918.
This honorary title is awarded to foreign personalities to thank them for their contribution to the arts, literature, science and technology as well as to France or the establishment that grants the title.
The University of Bordeaux has a long tradition of Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC), that goes back before the merger of its three universities (Université Bordeaux 1 Sciences et Technologies, Université Bordeaux Segalen and Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV) on the 1st January 2014.
Nearly 150 awards have been granted over the past 40 years and since the new establishment of the University of Bordeaux, the tradition continues.