Simona Miculescu, who is the representative of the UN Secretary General and the Director of the UN Office in Belgrade, will be awarded on March 28, 2019 the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa Beneficiorum Publicorum by the West University of Timisoara.
The distinction is a recognition of her significant contributions in the world of diplomacy, in promoting Romanian culture and values in the world, as well as the manner by which the West University of Timisoara chose to value her contribution in defending the main objectives of the United Nations: ensuring world peace, the respect of human rights, international cooperation and the respect of international Law.
Being Doctor Magna Cum Laudae in Letters at the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (1999) and a graduate of George Washington University with the Public Relations Professional, Washington DC, USA diploma (1995-1997), Simona-Mirela Miculescu’s has a career that was marked by several premieres. In 1993, she became the first woman in the position of a spokesperson in the history of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; in 1995 she became the coordinator of the Romania’s first official website on the Internet, made as the first woman who was a press attaché of the Romanian Embassy in USA; in 2001, she became the author of the first Romanian academic course of International Public Relations. 2002 was a key moment. It was the moment when Simona-Mirela Miculescu became the first woman in Romania’s diplomatic history who received the diplomatic rank of an Ambassador. Starting from 2008, she was also the first woman who ever headed Romania’s Standing Mission attached to the United Nations; in 2015, she became the first Romanian woman appointed in a high rank position at the UN Secretariat.
Accomplishing the undertaken diplomatic mission was always supported by Simona-Mirela Miculescu also through a remarkable appearance in the public space, marked by a high civic and moral responsibility, which gave her a special human and intellectual profile of a prominent personality of the Romanian diplomacy and the status of a landmark for the young generations.
Granting her the title of Doctor Honoris Causa Beneficiorum Publicorum is also the manner by which the West University of Timisoara honors the special importance of the role of the Romanian diplomats, including especially women in this profession, in promoting Romanian and universal values.
Simona-Mirela Miculescu has published seven volumes in the field of the International Public Relations and dozens of articles, studies and essays on communication, diplomacy, foreign policy or literature, translations and adaptations in various publications or volumes of studies.
Throughout her career, Ambassador Miculescu was awarded the National Order “The Star of Romania” in rank of Knight, granted by the Romanian President (2002), the Order “Rio Branco” in rank of Commander, granted by the President of the Federative Republic of Brazil (2002), the National Order “The Star of the Italian Solidarity” in rank of a High Official, granted by the President of the Italian Republic (2004), and the National Order “The Diplomatic Merit” in rank of Knight, granted by the Romanian President (2007).