Department of Regional Geography and Spatial Planning (DRGSP)
DRGSP has become an independent department within the Faculty of Geography in the academic year of 1996-1997 due to Prof. Dr. Virgil Gârbacea’s strong endeavor and dedication. Gradually, the initial nucleus of regionalist specialists has expanded to what it is today, its 16 members (teaching staff) along with 1 technician focusing on research and teaching.
The foundation of this department is the rigorous and profound perception of the current development paradigms of the geographical science in general, with a visible trend toward the issues of problematic regions, as a possible future substitute for the national states. Regional development, development regions, critical or disadvantaged areas are keywords frequently used in the current vocabulary of geographers and non-geographers as promoters of development (politicians, economists, sociologists, engineers, and architects).
Since its establishment, DRGSP has sought to distinguish itself in the academic field, both through teaching and scientific research, with significant results. This department fully manages the undergraduate Spatial Planning programme and the Planning and Regional Development master programme substantially supporting the other specializations and masters of the faculty.
Scientific results are well acknowledged through the numerous research grants and contracts among which we underline three major research projects focused on issues of spatial planning and regional development strategies, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Pompei Cocean namely: ICSP (Inter-County Spatial Plan – 1997-1999), SPNWR (Spatial Plan of the North-West Region – 2000-2004) and ZSP (Zonal Spatial Plan – Bistriţa Municipality – 2005). Such approaches, in which the fundamental and the practical sides of geographical science are perfectly interrelated, have contributed to the setting up of the Centre for Regional Geography, acknowledged by CNCSIS in 2004, where the high-level scientific investigation has all conditions to assert itself.
By joining the other two previously established departments of the Faculty of Geography, the Department of Regional Geography and Spatial Planning aims to represent the third pillar for a geographical structure acknowledged through its performance and equilibrium.
Prof. univ. dr. Pompei Cocean
Department of Human Geography and Tourism (DHGT)
Associate professor dr. Deszi Ştefan
Department of Physical and Technical Geography (DPTG)
Along with other natural sciences, Geography has changed in recent decades. From a nice, pleasant and spectacular science it turned into a pragmatic, practical and realistic one forced to respond to the demands of today's society. Thus, the geographical space has increasingly become a prominently and anthropocentrically conducted system. The individual interferes both quantitatively and qualitatively in the natural systems, which are intrinsically complex. Qualitative analyzes are no longer accepted without a thorough quantitative assessment.
DPTG has a long tradition in teaching and research on the natural components of the geographical space. Following its illustrious predecessors’ legacy of ideas and work, this department has approached some new research issues. Along with the traditional analytical study of geomorphosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and pedosphere, we have developed new methods, concepts and even new teaching courses aiming to answer the complex demands of the national and European economies. We are directly involved in the assessment and management of natural resources, in analyzing the effects of human intervention on the natural environment, in the identification and prediction of extreme natural phenomena including risk assessment, and also in expressing the dimension of natural processes. All these contribute to the processes of planning or crisis management, to surveying and cartographic rendering of the realities and changes that occurred in the geographical space. To achieve these qualitative results, we had to evolve in the theoretical and practical study of the geographical space.
Therefore, the Department of Physical Geography evolved as well. Not coincidentally we have changed its name and added the 'technical' element. The basic education programmes that are functioning under the guidance of the department are the following: Geography, Cartography, Hydrology and Meteorology. They are designed to provide pragmatic teaching and research guidelines, complying with the labour market demands and offers. Only this way we can be still useful to society.
Since nowadays university training is no longer complete without a master degree, graduated students from the basic specializations of our faculty may continue their studies by enrolling in master studies like Geomatics and Resources and Risks in the Hydro-atmosphere, with courses lectured by the teaching staff of our department. We underline that a significant number of graduate students come from other universities. And, after completing the master studies, these students have the opportunity to enrol in doctoral studies under the coordination of our teaching staff.
The teaching staff of the department consists of highly qualified specialists who cover a balanced range of disciplines. The significant number of young colleagues is open to any novelties in the field and tends towards new aspects of research and education. Practical work takes place in well-equipped laboratories with characteristic equipment and facilities and also in the field, which is an annual activity of great importance for our programmes at all levels.
Prof. univ. dr. Pandi Gavril