My Master and my Friend, Mircea Maliţa



The Honorary Member of the Club of Rome Mircea Maliţa passed away on Monday 21 May.

He was a devoted path opener for the young generations, a brilliant visionary and an accomplished diplomat.
For me, personally, he is immortal. He is my Master and, above all, a true friend of an impeccable morality.

By Calin Georgescu, member of the Club of Rome

Academician Mircea Maliţa passed away on Monday 21 May, 2018 in Bucharest, Romania. He was born on 20 February 1927 in Oradea, Romania.

He undertook his undergraduate schooling in Oradea, Făgăraş, Beiuş and Bucharest. Between 1945 and 1949 he accomplished his university studies at the Faculty of Sciences (Mathematics) and the Faculty of Philosophy. In 1972 he defended his PhD thesis on “Mathematical models for negotiations”.

Mircea Maliţa was a renowned scholar, a writer, a diplomat, a founder of institutions and an initiator of great projects.
In 1949 he was a participating student in the delegation of the Paris Peace Conference, led by Mihail Sadoveanu, a famous Romanian writer; he subsequently became a secretary in the Peace Committee, whose president was Mihail Sadoveanu between 1952 and 1953. He was the director of the Romanian Academy Library between 1950-1956.

Mircea Maliţa served as a counselor of the first Romanian Mission to the UN between 1956-1961. He was further the director of the cultural department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1960-1962), deputy minister of foreign affairs (1962-1969), minister of education (1070-1972), counselor for foreign affairs and state minister and member of the preparative committees of the UN conferences for population, science, technology and development (1974-1979).

He was an ambassador of Romania to Switzerland and the UN (1980-1982) and to the USA (1982-1984).

In 1974, Mircea Maliţa was elected a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy; he became a full member here in 1994.
He was the founding president of the Black Sea University Foundation, the spiritual patron of the “Ion I. C. Brătianu” Institute of Political Science and International Relations (ISPRI) of the Romanian Academy and the president of the Commission for Future Studies of the Romanian Academy.

Mircea Maliţa was a founding member of the European Cultural Centre in Bucharest, a member of the World Academy of Art and Science, a member of the International Academy for Future Studies, member of the World Future Studies Federation and a member of the “Leonardo da Vinci” Academy in Rome.

A university professor since 1972 (title granted by the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Bucharest), he lectured on international affairs at academic centers in Geneva, Stockholm, Boston, London, Prague, Vienna, Khartoum, Moscow, New York and Tokyo. He also held lectures on international relations at the University of Oradea (1990-2000), the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest as well as the National School for Political Studies and Public Administration (Bucharest, 2000-2008).

He was a member of the Club of Rome since its foundation, together with founder Aurelio Peccei. He contributed with highly praised ideas and reports, such as “No Limits to Learning. Bridging the human Gap” (1979, together with James W. Botking and Mahdi Elmandjra) and “The Double Helix of Learning and Work (2003, together with Orio Giarini).

Mircea Maliţa is an inestimable national value for Romania, the same as he remains a world champion of free education as the foundation stone of human evolution.

Mircea Maliţa was a devoted path opener for the young generations, a brilliant visionary and an accomplished diplomat.
For me, personally, he is immortal. He is my Master and, above all, a true friend of an impeccable morality.

Vienna 24 May, 2018