In a ceremony held in the "Grand Amphi" of the school in Paris on May 5, 2011, Professor Horst Hippler, Rector of University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and Eric Benhamou, former CEO of 3Com and Palm, and current AFAM President and Founder received the title of Docteur Honoris Causa . Taking a page from the book of major American universities, Arts et Métiers ParisTech started what will hopefully become a formal tradition and chose to honor two individuals, one from the world of academia, and the other from the world of industry, who have made significant contributions to the school's reputation and the value of its diplomas, both domestically and overseas. The ceremony was presided by Professor Gérard Coffignal, director of doctoral studies, under the patronage of Education Minister Madame Valérie Pecresse, and featured dignified academic garments and classical music. Director Jean-Paul Hautier awarded the doctoral degrees on behalf of the school. Louis Magne, major donor, also joined via audio link and received an honorific plaque (now displayed in the Grand Amphi) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the school.
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