From now on Professor, Vice-President for Research at ISM University of Management and Economics Leonidas Donskis is a proud holder of the highest appreciation rank – an honorary doctorate – at already two European universities. At the beginning of November honorary doctorate (Doctor Honoris Causa) regalia – a diploma and a medal – were handed to Mr. Donskis at Valahia University of Târgovişte, Romania. Back in 2011 Mr. Donskis also received an honorary doctorate from Bradford University in Great Britain.
Valahia University of Târgovişte has around 10 thousand students and is recognised for its dynamics, innovations and strong tradition in humanitarian sciences. The university made a decision to grant an honorary doctorate to Mr. Donskis for his contribution to European humanities and humanitarian sciences, bringing studies of Eastern Europe and Baltics to a higher level, multidisciplinarity and promotion of humanities ideals in politics.
“I highly appreciate the attention my Romanian colleagues have shown to me. The honorary doctorate received from Valahia University I see also as my admission to the community of the university as well as Romanian academia. I feel close to them in terms of perspective, as I see myself as a person of Western mind, but with Eastern European existential and political experience. The same is with Romanian intellectual experience. During centuries it was oriented to Western world and only geopolitical perturbations of XX century tried to re-orient Romanians towards East”, - states Leonidas Donskis.
ISM Vice-President for Research also sees the received honorary doctorate as an instrument and human bridge which would facilitate introduce Lithuania to young Romanians, who could consider choosing Lithuanian university for their studies or academic research.
Leonidas Donskis is not a new name in the Romanian academic world. Târgovişte publishing house “Editura Cetatea de Scaun” has published in Romanian two his books: “Power and Imagination: Studies in Politics and Literature” (2012) and “Forms of Hatred: The Troubled Imagination in Modern Philosophy and Literature” (2014), both of them were quickly acclaimed among Romanian readers. Currently, a book of L. Donskis aphorisms is being prepared for publishing in Romania. Close academic bonds connect Mr. Donskis with Romanian Association of Baltic and Nordic countries studies and its director professor Silviu Miloiu. Under their invitation Leonidas Donskis has given several public lectures at Romanian universities and academic organisations. During current visit, after the honorary doctorate ceremony Leonidas Donskis also gave a public lecture “Devil in Politics” at the Romanian Science Academy in Bucharest.
During his visit in Romania Leonidas Donskis was honoured by a company of the Lithuanian Ambassador in Romania, former Chief of Lithuanian Army Arvydas Pocius. Lithuanian Embassy in Bucharest contributed to the organisation of Mr. Donskis visit.
You can see photos from honorary doctorate award ceremony here.