Thursday, December 5th, 2013, the Romanian National University of Political Sciences and Public Administration (NUPSPA), confirmed again the highest duty of respecting distinguished Romanian personalities by providing another important learning opportunity in considering their significant contributions made for our Country, Romania. It is indeed salutary this constant NUPSPA (SNSPA) concern for bringing in the deserved light such distinguished high public functionaries engaged in making national identity robust and communicable thanks to their professional stature and vitality. In fact, on this special occasion NUPSPA (SNSPA), our Governmental School, sent a clear message that the ultimate responsibility for the nation brand’s success lies with its citizens, and expressed its joy of honoring true Nation Brands’ Ambassadors who have made a real and valuable contribution to our society.
It is natural therefore that Prime Minister Victor PONTA was attending this remarkable ceremony, by highlighting from the very beginning the significant contribution of both former Romanian Ministers of Finance, Florin GEORGESCU (who was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of NUPSPA on November 21, 2013: www.ibr-rbi.ro/news/decernarea-titlului-doctor-honoris-causa-d-lui-prof-dr-florin-georgescu-prim-vice-guvernator-bnr/) and Mihai TĂNĂSESCU, giving personal recognition and appreciation for the specific contribution brought into our country’s relations with international financial institutions.
The ceremony dedicated to granting the title of “Doctor Honoris Causa” of NUPSPA (SNSPA) to Mihai TĂNĂSESCU, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), was hosted by the Aula Magna of the Central University Library of Bucharest. It is well known that the EIB is the European Union’s bank, the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the EU Member Statest, working closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy, and being the largest multilateral borrower and lender by volume, providing finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects which contribute to furthering EU policy objectives (www.eib.org/about/index.htm).
The ceremony was opened and led with well-known professionalism and elegancy by Professor Alina BÂRGĂOANU, Rector of NUPSPA. Professor Iordan Gheorghe BĂRBULESCU, President of NUPSPA Senate, read the contents of the Diploma in Latin, and Dean Nicoleta CORBU, College of Communication and Public Relations, NUPSPA, read the Laudatio.
The acceptance speech “Lectio Prima” – “Eurozone, between past and future” – given by Mihai TĂNĂSESCU with his well-known competence, high rigor and high relevance, reconfirmed both, his unique combination of practical experience and knowledge, and his passion in serving and promoting a real culture of excellence, capturing the audience’s attention, including by inviting Romanian citizen to give an important message to Europe by proving their involvment in „the right project”.
The ceremony was attended by Vice Prime Ministers Gabriel OPREA and Daniel CHIȚOIU, the Minister of National Education, Professor Remus PRICOPIE (who gave a challenging speech on this very special occasion), Senator Mircea GEOANĂ, Chairman of the Joint Committee of the Romanian Senate and Chamber of Deputies regarding Romania’s Accession to the Schengen Area, Mihnea Costoiu, Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Technological Development, the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner HOYER (proving with his speech the EIB team spirit and the collegial atmosphere which made possible the EIB excellence in leadership), the Governor of the National Bank of Romania (NBR), Mugur ISĂRESCU (who underlined the remarkable skills and competences of the honored person), First Deputy Governor of BNR, Florin GEORGESCU, Nicolae Dănilă, Member of the Board of Directors of NBR, Professor Vasile PUŞCAŞ, Head of Institute for International Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, and Romanian Chief Negotiator with the European Union (during 2000-2004, when the honored person was Minister of Finance), Dean Florina PÎNZARU, College of Management, NUPSPA, Professor Pavel NASTASE, Rector of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Professor Paul DOBRESCU, Former Rector of NUPSPA, Sorin DRAGNEA, Chief Secretary of NUPSPA, other distinguished representatives of NUPSPA and Bucharest academic community, and the last but not the least NUPSPA students, whose listening carefully, learning and thinking accordingly is already well-known.
The ceremony opened and ended framed by the eternal symbol of university life of “Gaudeamus Igitur”, being enjoyed by the qualified audience.