The honorary doctorate of the Faculty of Arts was awarded this year to the famous Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf as a recognition for his countless and major contributions to the world of literature.
Amin Maalouf was born in Lebanon in 1949, into a family of teachers. After studying economics and sociology he worked as a reporter, covering many events around the world, such as the fall of the Ethiopian monarchy in 1974 and the last battle of Saigon in 1975. In 1984, he devoted himself to writing and publishing novels, essays and opera librettos. In 2011, the author of The Rock of Tanios, winner of le Prix Goncourt, was elected to L’Académie francaise to sit in seat 29, replacing the late Claude Lévi-Strauss.