Ana Dinescu

Ana Dinescu is originally from Romania and currently writes from Berlin, Germany. Ana was awarded a Ph.D. from the Faculty of History, University of Bucharest, and has a background in Political Science. She has been a journalist for ten years for Romanian daily newspapers and is currently a communications consultant and freelance author.

Besides being a regular contributor at University of Venus, she published book reviews and articles in the CEU Review of Political Science, Balkan Academic News, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, Reportage Online and Southeast European Politics Online, among others. She attended academic conferences and professional exchanges in the US, Vienna, Berlin, Bruxelles, Berlin and she worked for one year in Japan as communications consultant.

In 2010 she authored a chapter about The Coming «République des Lettres».The Academic World and the Web 2.0. Risks and Challenges ” in E-Research Collaboration, Springer Verlag, Germany, editor: prof. Murugan Anandarajan and in 2011 published in Romanian a book about communications in public institutions. She also translated books about Political Science from French and English into Romanian and edited books for Romanian publishing houses.

Her areas of interest are varied: Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy, Political Science, Ethnic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, Intellectual Histories, Public Diplomacy, Communications and Social Media. She will never resist the temptation to travel and discover new places or a new interesting book to write about.

Ana is a member of the editorial collective at University of Venus and she can be reached at anadinescu@yahoo.com

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Most Recent Articles

April 4, 2013
Picture this: one day, after a morning when you desperately tried to cope with a schedule without anything related to your academic credentials, that continued with a less academic business meeting and an even less intellectual afternoon of careful family budget planning, you have a moment of truth. For almost ten years, or even more, you had had a hard time trying to get the best grades at the university and read all the complicated and sophisticated books included in the bibliography.
March 7, 2013
Another German high-official was recently in the middle of a discussion about a supposedly problematic Ph.D. thesis. After the popular politician and defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the Education minister, Annette Schavan was accused of using other people’s works for her doctorate completed in 1980. Ironically enough, Schavan, a close collaborator of German chancellor Angela Merkel, had among other responsibilities, the duty to oversee the activity of universities, including those in relation to the awarding of doctoral degrees.
January 23, 2013
This is the time when most of us with an active social and professional life are about to plan in detail the benchmarks of the next 12 months, and evaluate what has been working and what needs improvement. Some do this by themselves, and others use professional coaching experts and consultants that can help evaluate successes and failures.
November 18, 2012
Academics, mainly those from the domain of human sciences, do not like to be reminded too much about various economic and business-like terms. However, some business models and ideas from the world of economics will help not only greatly improve the financial situation, but will also give a new impetus to the quality of the academic work as such.
September 20, 2012
Let’s say that you have spent almost 20 years of your life learning and reading and writing and now it is about time to finally be on your own, outside the university gates. Your parents are proud of you, your neighbors and friends are envious of your achievements, even though you might have no idea what you want to say in your Ph.D. paper and know even less about how the Ph.D. graduate succeeds at buying his or her clothing and daily food. On various occasions, I am asked what the medical domain is that I am covering as long as I am a doctor. Then, I should answer embarrassed that I am not ‘that kind of doctor’ and that my doctoral knowledge won’t save any life at all.
August 14, 2012
As a student, you need to learn how to write your papers properly in accordance with the highest academic standards. You write because you want to get good marks that will help you to find a well-paid job that eventually can help you to pay the debt contracted for affording your elitist university studies.
July 22, 2012
Inspired by this post by my virtual colleague at the University of Venus, I decided that once again I will address the issue of the importance of reading. At first glance, my statement sounds like an ’ideological’ statement, but it is far from being one. As someone used to reading as much as possible, regardless of the domain of study (but especially political science and history books), I find it very often painful to discover that books do not play an important role in the life and time management plans of many current students, future intellectuals and elites.
June 12, 2012
Summer time is almost here and it is time to take a good and relaxing book and forget about the usual busy schedule of a normal day during the academic semester. However, for some of us, with academic interests but non-academic jobs, summer is the best time of the year to revisit old projects, apply for new funding and, eventually, find an academic job that will put an end to this schizophrenic way of working.
May 15, 2012
Do you like being an academic editor? Honestly, I have many important reasons for a ‘no’ answer.
April 5, 2012
Any disappointment starts with a confession. I grew up infused with the idea that acquiring higher education is the most important professional aim in life. As a consequence, it is highly recommended that one share the company of people who have acquired university studies because through a dialogue with such persons, you grow up as an intellectual individual. Intellectuals always meet to discuss ideas and thoughts on how to change the world for good, don’t they?

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