Leading CEE Public Administration scholar György Jenei awarded with TUT Honorary Doctorate
On 16 September the Tallinn University of Technology conveyed an Honorary Doctorate onto Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. György Jenei (Corvinus University of Budapest) in recognition of his contribution to teaching and research in Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe and especially at the TUT Department of Public Administration.
György Jenei’s merits for DPA lie in an unwavering, active support looking out for the best interests of the department and its members, including his aid in the smooth transfer of a significant part of the department from Tartu to Tallinn in 2006-2008, as regards networks and organizations, such as the European Master of Public Administration Program (EMPA). He has been in Tallinn many times, for instance as a keynote speaker of the 1st EGPA-NISPAcee Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on the Neo-Weberian State in early 2008, and he serves on the Advisory Board of our journal, Halduskultuur – Administrative Culture.
Professor Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. György Jenei is one of the small, 15-people cadre of scientific leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, having preserved the field of Public Administration in Soviet era and having led it again to prominence since 1989 with persistence, integrity, and style. His most recent contributions to the field include holding the NISPAcee Presidency during the crucial years of the height of the Crisis.
The TUT Department of Public Administration celebrated Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. György Jenei’s award by a public lecture about his role as a principal advisor to Hungarian Prime Minister Miklos Németh during the fateful summer of 1989. His personal resolve and courage, based on knowing what is right and what really matters, contributed directly to the triggering of the great revolution of the late 20th Century and the collapse of the Soviet Empire and its colonial system, including the Estonian Republic’s regaining of independence.