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
The Hungarian Section at the Faculty of Geography of Babeş-Bolyai University (BBU) restarted in 1993, when separate places were made for the students who wanted to learn in Hungarian. Following this, the number of students learning in Hungarian constantly increased, while a strong community of teachers in Hungarian was formed too. Starting with 2005/2006, when the “Bologna System” was implemented in our University, the education followed on two levels, according to the European model. In the recent years, an average of 500 students studied in Cluj at the Hungarian Section of our Faculty. The number of full-time employee teachers is presently 10. The education is organized on three levels: since 2008/2009, the License level offers studies in three specialties: Geography, Territorial Planning and Tourism Geography. The Master level’s specialty in Hungarian is Tourism and Territorial Planning. The Phd level (doctoral school) is in charge of Professor József Benedek, member of the Hungarian Academy of Science.
The Geography specialty looks above all to form teachers, but beside teaching, graduating at Geography (with a University Diploma) allows finding jobs at a various scale of enterprises and institutions of the public and the private sector, on such fields as environmental planning, urbanism, hydrology and meteorology.
The Territorial Planning specialty is the only one in Romania to teach in Hungarian. The graduates can find jobs on work fields like territorial planning, urban and rural development, cartography, both in the public and the private sector. A special field for the graduates of this specialty is the management of the European Union’s territorial and settlement development projects.
The Tourism Geography specialty is the most popular and demanded of our sections. This is where specialists in the field of tourism are prepared. The area of tourism geography disciplines is completed by a package of economic disciplines (economy of tourism, management, marketing, communication, touristic services) and also by other connected disciplines (statistics, architecture, culture and civilization, ethnography, foreign languages).
The last two sections also offer the possibility of specializing in teaching, by participating at the pedagogical modules offered by our university, but without compulsory obligations.
Starting with the autumn of 2011, a new change took place within the organization of the Hungarian Section. According to the new Law of Education (1/2011), the former Hungarian Sections of the Babeş-Bolyai University are allowed to form separate departments. The newly formed Department of Geography in Hungarian is counting on native and foreign future students with a young staff, an increasing number of teachers, trained in the latest methods of teaching and research, with a large scale of international relations, offering possibilities for student and staff exchange and organizing a various program of field trips.
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