KU Leuven awards honorary doctorate to Christine Lagarde, IMF chief
The university is recognising Ms. Lagarde, the current Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for her outstanding and internationally recognised leadership during times of financial crisis. She will accept the honorary doctorate at a ceremony at KU Leuven's Kulak campus on 29 October 2012.
Christine Lagarde (1956, Paris) was named Managing Director of the IMF on 28 June 2011. She is the first woman to hold this position. Previously, she served as French Minister of Finance. As Chair of the G20 in 2011, she gained the respect of political and economic world leaders. KU Leuven recognises Christine Lagarde as one of the world's most influential women.
The university is conferring the honoris causa degree on Ms. Lagarde in recognition of her strong leadership, her exceptional legal and macroeconomic vision, and her lucid analyses and straightforward proposals for understanding and addressing the current global financial crisis.
Luc Sels, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business: "Christine Lagarde plays a key role in international economic policy. With this honorary doctorate, the faculty wishes to express its admiration and appreciation for the skill and professionalism with which she fulfils that role. Her strong commitment to the wider international community makes Christine Lagarde a shining example for our students of economics."
The awarding of this honorary doctorate in Kortrijk emphasises the concept and dynamic behind Kulak’s economics programme. Vice Rector Jan Beirlant: “We are dedicated to educating young people capable of contributing creative responses to contemporary economic challenges. The new third year of Applied Economics offered at Kulak, with its specialisations such as ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ and ‘Accountancy and Law’, tie in seamlessly to this.”
Past KU Leuven doctores honoris causa from the field of economics include Alan Greenspan and Muhammad Yunus.
- Jan Beirlant, Vice Rector of KU Leuven Kulak, via the press office: tel. +32 (0) 479 59 91 53.
- Luc Sels, Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business, KU Leuven: tel. +32 (0) 479 53 15 68.