04.04.2012 - ODG

The Director-General pays tribute to the memory of Richard Descoings

It was with deep sadness that UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova learned of the passing of Mr. Richard Descoings, former Director of “Sciences Po Paris”.

“Mr. Descoings used his charisma and talent to serve modern education. Thanks to him, ‘Sciences Po’ became recognized worldwide, opening the doors of this school to a new generation of students from all backgrounds and from across the world. He was convinced that true excellence is nourished by diversity and equality,” said the Director-General. “He came to UNESCO to present his vision of the role of culture and education for development. His career is a lesson and an encouragement to all policies of educational modernization -- it reminds us that the most equitable education systems are also the most effective”.

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