Today, 14 April 2016, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church was awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa degree of the Polytechnic University in Bucharest.
The award ceremony of the academic title to the Patriarch of Romania took place at the Museum of the Patriarchs in the Patriarchal Residence, in the presence of Rector Mihnea Costoiu and of the president the University Senate, Ecaterina Andronescu.
“The Senate of the Polytechnic University has unanimously adopted this decision. It is a great honour for me to award you, today, together with the Rector, the insignia of the title of Doctor Honoris Causa. Please, allow me to acknowledge that I was very impressed by the projects that Your Beatitude have dedicated to this country, either as professor, or as Metropolitan of Moldova and Bucovina, as well as Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the dignity that you hold today, and to which we bow down our foreheads with respect. It is an honour for us to award you this diploma, because School and Church have always worked together for the young generation or for the less young one, and this is important”, Ecaterina Andronescu said.
After receiving the academic insignia, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel thanked the Polytechnic University for the title awarded.
“We accept these Honoris Causa Doctor’s titles in order to underline the importance of the relationship between University and Church for the common welfare of our society. We do appreciate the performances of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, as well as the fact that this University has an Orthodox church dedicated to Saint Gregory Palama who is one of the greatest Orthodox theologians of the communion between God the Creator and the entire creation”, His Beatitude Daniel said.
“The development of the inter-disciplinary research concerning the dialogue between theology, philosophy and science is cultivated today also within the Polytechnic University of Bucharest. There are lots of graduates of the Polytechnic University who attended the courses of the Faculties of Orthodox Theology as well. There are also academic expressions and research projects in the inter-disciplinary field. It is worth pointing out the fact that the activity of the Centre of Dialogue and Research in Theology, Philosophy and Science of “Patriarch Justinian” Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Bucharest also includes cooperation with the professors from other universities (University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Academy of Economic Sciences), as well as with the members of the teaching staff of the Polytechnic University of Bucharest”, Patriarch Daniel showed in his lecture.
His Grace Varlaam Ploieşteanul, Assistant Bishop to the Patriarch and senior lecturer dr. Adrian Lemeni attended the ceremony for the awarding of the honorary degree.