Education

We believe that all children, irrespective of their birth place, cultural or linguistic backgrounds, deserve the opportunity to have access to an unparalleled, rigorous curriculum designed to prepare them for college, career and global citizenship. In addition, developing creative leaders that can think critically is essential for the sustainability of these fundamentals in the world economy. The Most Serene Society of Saint-Marc (a Swiss Verein) has been formed to focus on Africa and the Caribbean islands with African populations to achieve these goals.

African MBA

The Society’s diplomatic network strengthens its relationships with the governments of the countries in which it operates. This network allows its international educational programmes to be integrated into national systems and to facilitate the importing of high-level knowledge to reach people in the most effective way.

We developed a program called African MBA. The program involves a curriculum that enables students to build a strong foundation in core business principles, such as marketing, management, finance, human resources, ethics, and law. Due to an increasingly globalized business market, many MBA programs in Africa teach from an international perspective within a diverse student environment. Generally, students taking an MBA in Africa will experience coursework, research, internship, and a thesis.

We use the Coursera platform to offer high-level online education. Coursera was founded in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors who wanted to share their knowledge and skills with the world. Professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng put their courses online for anyone to take – and taught more learners in a few months than they could have in an entire lifetime in the classroom.

Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate. If they have received the required certificates, students will obtain a state accredited MBA-degree.

The Most Serene Society of Saint-Marc

The claimant and heir presumptive of the former imperial throne of Haiti has formed the Most Serene Society of Saint-Marc (hereafter: Society). Its sole purpose is to collect funds to support students to follow the African MBA program. For every EUR 1.250,– a student is able to complete the program and obtain his/her certificates and degree. In order to show their involvement in the project, members of the Society wear the insignia which depicts the House badge of the Prince de Saint-Marc. In accordance with the hereditary birthrights and as heir presumptive and to honour the former Imperial Court as created by Faustin I, the prince de Saint-Marc has declared that he will henceforth use and be known by the title of Son Altesse Sérénissime Monseigneur le prince de Saint-Marc (His Serene Highness Monseigneur the prince of Saint-Marc). HSH will pursue his dynastic rights as mentioned above by issuing new titles of nobility and reviving the dormant imperial Orders of Chivalry as Orders of Honour. HSH will acknowledge and respect the original Haitian noble titles and armorial bearings, as issued by the emperors Faustin I and Dessalines and by king Christoph. Please Note, this is not a knighthood of Haiti, but rather a honour from a claimant to the headship of the imperial house of Haiti. All those ennobled become members of the Society and are entitled to wear its insignia.

The legal basis for the line of succession to the throne of Haiti at the time that it was in force, was the Constitution of 20 September 1849. The Constitution made the Imperial Dignity hereditary amongst the legitimate and natural direct descendants of Emperor Faustin I, by order of primogeniture and to the perpetual exclusion of females and their descendants. The Emperor could adopt the children or grandchildren of his brothers, who became members of his family from the date of adoption. Sons so adopted enjoyed the right of succession to the throne, immediately after the Emperor’s legitimate and natural sons (Les constitutions d’Haiti, 1801-1885). Faustin I had no sons and therefore adopted his brother’s son, Prince de Mainville Joseph, who, after Faustin I’s abdication, was pretender under the name “Joseph I”. Mainville’s son, Joseph Soulouque, was subsequently pretender under the name “Joseph II”. Except for the prince de Saint-Marc, no documented further claimants are known. We are in the process of obtaining state recognition for the house of Saint-Marc as a historical institution of Haiti.

Napoleonic-style nobility

The entire Imperial Haitian system was based upon and in admiration of the French Napoleonic system of the Emperor Napoleon. As Emperor Faustin I created noble titles and bestowed them upon many of his subjects in similar style and fashion to what was used in the French system. Thus Emperor Faustin used the same French titles for his own nobility system. This practice will continue in full accordance with what Emperor Faustin I created. In fact the Haitian system is the only nowadays nobility system that is in accordance with Napoleon’s system.

Contact

  • H.E. Kevin Derek Couling, Lord of the Manor of Little Neston and Hargrave, Chancellor of the Imperial Orders
  • Email: chancellor@imperialhaiti.fr