Carl Amrhein (right) receives the Order of Merit from Georg Witschel.
Germany’s ambassador to Canada was in Edmonton June 4 to recognize two University of Alberta administrators with two of his country’s highest honours.
Close to 100 people were in attendance June 4 to witness German ambassador to Canada Georg Witschel present Carl Amrhein, provost and vice-president (academic), with the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit and present Britta Baron, vice-provost and associate vice-president (international), with the German Canadian Friendship Prize.
The German Order of Merit, known as the Bundesverdienstkreuz, is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for outstanding service to the nation, on par with the Order of Canada.
“For those who know Carl, we know him to be a person of great energy and integrity,” said U of A chancellor Linda Hughes. “His devotion to excellence in higher education and research both here in Alberta and around the world is second to none.”
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