Laudację wygłosiła prof. Janina Jóźwiak (tekst wystąpienia poniżej).
prof. dr hab. Janiny Jóźwiak
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I’m really honoured to be given this special opportunity to introduce our Honorary Doctor. Let me say a few words about his excellent achievements as a scientist, university teacher, organizer of academic international cooperation, a person involved in many activities aimed at solving contemporary environmental problems.
First, let me start with some information about his scientific career.
Professor Sandor Kerekes has been working for more than 40 years at the Corvinus University in Budapest – partner institution of our School – where he occupied many important positions – both as scientist and as administrator. He used to be (twice) the Dean of Business Administration Faculty, Vice-rector responsible for academic affairs and Vice-rector for international affairs. Since 2006 he has been the Academic Director of the MBA Programmes of the Corvinus School of Management. Being involved in problems of business education, he was the Chairman of the Business Administration Committee of the Hungarian Accreditation Body.
One of the most important successes of Professor Kerekes in his activity for his University was its integration into the international academic community through incorporating the Corvinus University – as the first economic university in Central Europe – into CEMS network in the mid 1990ies. As the prominent scientist in the area of environmental economics and management, Professor Kerekes performed many important duties in Hungary and international settings. He used to be the national coordinator of the UNIDO’s programme on the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies and now he is President of the National Environmental Council and a member of the Environmental Scientific Council of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Professor Kerekes worked as the UNDP expert in Eastern Europe and Asia preparing and evaluating a variety of development projects. He was leading many projects on environmental regulations, environmental management, resource economics and among others, he was the leader of a project on environmental consequences of the accession of Hungary to the EU.
Professor Kerekes as the founder of the Department of Environmental Economics and Technology introduced environmental education and research at the Corvinus University in the early 1990ies. He contributed also into development of environmental education for business students at the European level as co-founder of the CEMS Environmental Challenge Interfaculty Group – chair of which he was for almost 15 years.
Professor Kerekes has a considerable number of publications in top national and international journals as well as a substantial number of books and chapters in books. Results of his scientific works are internationally recognized. In his scientific publications professor Kerekes combines theoretical and practical approaches. He has a very significant contribution to development of theoretical concepts of environmental economics and to creating a theoretical framework for corporate environmental and sustainable management.
In his applied studies he focuses on applications of theories to optimization of policy responses to problems of natural environment protection, sustainable development and economic growth, optimization of use of natural resources, role of innovations and new technologies in sustainable development.
Particularly, in his recent publications professor Kerekes gives a special attention to complex interrelationships between sustainability – in a broad sense: environmental, economic, societal – and economic growth and social modernization. This problem seems to be of great importance for countries of our region. Moreover, in this context, Professor Kerekes analyzes relations between sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
One of recent concepts of Professor Kerekes is linking sustainability to tensions between globalization and regionalization, and, in his opinion, these tensions can be relaxed through shifts towards more sustainable regionally oriented economic systems. Professor Kerekes is a visionary scientist and one of the leading academics in Environmental Economics and his pioneering works in this field in a significant extent contributed to a better understanding of importance of sustainable development for our contemporary and future lives.
Scientific achievements and virtues of Professor Kerekes for international academic community are not questionable.
However, from our perspective, even more important are his close and friendly relationships with our School. Professor Kerekes has been collaborating with many of our colleagues in research projects and teaching since many years, he was always partisan of our School in international contacts and we think about him as a great friend of the Warsaw School of Economics. All this justifies admitting him into academic community of our School and we are proud to confer the degree of doctor honoris causa of the Warsaw School of Economics upon Professor Kerekes.