University Blog is written by Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. He was President of Dublin City University, Ireland, between July 2000 and July 2010.
He is a lawyer by training, and also has some voluntary and business interests. He is also known as a writer, public commentator and photographer.
Ferdinand von Prondzynski can be contacted at
What they are saying about University Blog:
“ A BREAK with the conservative traditions of academic discourse, the DCU president Ferdinand von Prondzynski has entered cyberspace with his own personal blog.
The blog – named the “Diary of a University President” – will chronicle the daily life of Dr von Prondzynski, who is one of the more outspoken figures in Irish higher education.
To date, the president has posted blogs on his own battle with lumbago as well as musings about the supposed “modernisation” of higher education.
In characteristic style, he says universities have become just about the “most conservative and reactionary bodies in society”.
The DCU president is also planning a blog on MySpace and Facebook in order to reach students in what he sees as their own natural habitats. Dr von Prondzynski, who is in the eighth year of a 10-year contract at DCU, has been hugely successful in building the strong reputation of the college, based in Glasnevin, north Dublin.”
(Sean Flynn, the Irish Times)
What an incredible ego!! The blog is unbelievable drivel.
(Anonymous, referring to University Blog on another blogsite)
[Ferdinand von Prondzynski] has not much to offer, like a retired Taoiseach no longer knows what goes on at Cabinet. He should take the other Drumcondra man’s lead, and bow out of Irish media gracefully.
(Michael Seery, Dublin Institute of Technology)