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NNEdPro Scientific Director conferred the Presidential Title of Honour

The NNEdPro Group is extremely proud to share news about our Scientific Director, Prof Dan Del Rio, who has recently been conferred the title of Commendatore for Outstanding Achievements in Research.


The official title of Commendatore, literally equivalent to the English Knight Commander, is awarded by decree of the President of Italy to individuals who are given this honour in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and other orders of knighthood. The Commendatore, or Knight Commander, rank is a higher award than that of “Ufficiale” (Officer), which in turn is higher than the first level of “Cavaliere” (Knight) in this order of chivalry, which was originally established in Italy by the Royal House of Savoy. The Italian government’s orders are exceptional to the international standard in that they do not officially have special ranks or decorations for females (Dames).

The rank of Commendatore is also bestowed in several Italian dynastic orders of the royal houses of Savoy, the Two Sicilies, Parma and Tuscany. The Republic of Italy officially recognizes the Orders and titles conferred upon its citizens from the Holy See and from some of the royal houses of Italy.

Commendatore is also the Italian translation for the rank of Knight Commander in foreign orders, such as the Order of the British Empire.

Please join us in congratulating NNEdPro’s Scientific Director, Prof Dan Del Rio for this honourable achivement in research.

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