Carleton University President Roseann O’Reilly Runte was awarded the Belgian Commander’s cross of the Order of the Crown today at an event marking the official start of the university 75 years ago.
“This award is truly an honor for Carleton University and I share it with all my colleagues, especially Dr. Matthias Neufang whose brilliant and assiduous efforts have played a key role in the unique program we have established with our partner university in Belgium,“ said Runte.
The award, bestowed by Belgian Ambassador Raoul Delcorde, was given on behalf of King Philippe on the recommendation of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Members of the Carleton community and supporters gathered at the Fairmount Chateau Laurier to reflect on Carleton’s success since its founding on June 18, 1942. The recognition took place during the reception’s formal proceedings.
The Order of the Crown is a national order of the Kingdom of Belgium. One of the country’s highest honours, it is equivalent to the Order of the British Empire. The Commander’s cross is awarded in recognition of artistic, literary and scientific merit, and for services rendered.
Dr. Runte’s award especially recognizes her strong support for establishing international student and faculty partnerships between Belgium and Canada, particularly for developing an exchange program between the Université Catholique de Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve and Carleton University.
The five-year agreement, recently signed by the two universities, supports efforts to intensify academic co-operation, as well as develop joint research projects and exchange programs for faculty and students.
Dr. Runte is an accomplished academic, a member of the Royal Society, past-president of several universities and a recognized author who received a poetry prize from the Académie française. She has been a leader in international organizations, including the executive of the Club of Rome, the international advisory board for EXPO 2000, presidency of UNESCO Canada, the executive of WUSC and chair of the board of the Foundation for International Training.
Her contributions to economic and scientific growth include service to numerous organizational and commercial boards, as well as economic development councils. Her work on the environment and international understanding and dialogue has been recognized by a number of awards, including several honorary degrees.
Dr. Runte is leaving Carleton University this summer to head the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
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