On 2 May 2019, the Ambassador of France, H.E. Frédéric Laplache, conferred, Dr. Patricia Nora Riget, Senior Lecturer from Department of Asian and European Languages, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya (UM) the Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques).
This decoration recognises Dr. Patricia’s noticeable contribution to the strengthening of cooperation in the field of French language and culture between France and Malaysia. During her career, she has contributed to building many bridges between France and Malaysia: signing of a double degree with Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris and of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UM and University of Franche-Comté (UFC), supporting students to further their studies in France after their bachelor’s degrees at UM and also organising events within the university to give exposure to the students on French language and culture. At the national level, she has assisted the Ministry of Education in writing the curriculum for French language, which has been implemented in all the schools in Malaysia since 2017. Her contribution to the French teachers’ community of Malaysia has also been invaluable. She has contributed to the launch of IFPROF Malaisie, a website for French language teachers in Malaysia and the organisation of the first ever French language teachers congress at UM in 2016 in collaboration with the Embassy of France.
The intimate ceremony which was held in the Residence of France gathered around 35 guests, family members of Dr. Patricia, her friends, colleagues as well as her former classmates in France. The Director of International Relations Office, Professor Dr. Yvonne Lim Ai Lian and the Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Assoc. Professor Dr. Hajjah Jariah Mohd Jan also attended the event.