Welcome to the Faculty of Geography cyberspace! Once arrived, with your permission and to our satisfaction, you have the possibility to discover easily some of the educational and scientific milestones that define us as School of “Knowledge” and “Life”. Briefly, we would like to bring to your attention several issues that are important in our opinion.
Geography, as an academic field of knowledge, has a definite and long-lasting tradition in Alma Mater Napocensis. It started back in 1872 (see History), recently celebrating its 90th anniversary since 1919, when two eminent geographical personalities of the time, Emmanuel de Martonne and George Vâlsan, laid the foundations of modern geographical education in Romanian language within “Dacia Superior” University, founded in the first year after the Great Union.
The tenacious, passionate and responsible work of several generations of scholars and researchers, their scientific work and their life examples have imposed, in a convincing manner, the advantage of tradition: professionalism, experience, prestige, and national and international recognition. But the nowadays Faculty of Geography, as entity of the famous and prestigious “Babeş-Bolyai” University, certainly has the advantage of “youth” as well: dynamism, ingenuity, openness, and pragmatism.
These have been felt especially after 1994, when our faculty became an autonomous institutional structure within “Babeş-Bolyai” University. If until 1990 the Faculty of Geography had no more than 100 students in one undergraduate programme (Geography), today there are more than 3,000 students that study in our faculty and attend five undergraduate programmes, four master’s programmes and the Doctoral School. Since then, in order to meet students’ needs, the elite teaching staff has been considerably invigorated and the study facilities in libraries, lecture halls, laboratories and the students’ practice bases have been brought to the highest standards, both in the “mother” faculty and in the university branches established in Bistriţa, Gheorgheni, Sighetu-Marmaţiei and Zalău, created for the young who, for various reasons, decide to study close to their place of origin.
The almost exponential growth, which we mentioned above, is not random at all. There are several explanations for it and we consider that at least some should be emphasized. The first one is the emergence of Geography as a field of knowledge. Once accused of easy encyclopaedism, excessive descriptivism and practical inability, in the last decades, Geography has recorded a genuine scientific relaunching by focusing its concerns on finding practical solutions to some imperious topical issues arising in the context of a multiplication of threats against the increasingly more fragile balance between man and nature.
Thus, from an utmost contemplative, observant discipline that studied reality in the past, in the last four-five decades, Geography imposed itself unequivocally as an active, innovative science, deeply involved in the diagnosis, prognosis and practical management of a wide range of crucial issues faced by the contemporary society, such as: management and capitalization of natural resources, non-conventional energy, territorial planning, environmental protection, study of hazards and risks induced by geographical factors, global climate change, etc.
The second one is the professional manner in which the geographers from Cluj-Napoca have assimilated the above-mentioned trend and have proceeded to concrete institutional developments. Perceiving promptly the paradigm shift in the field and the redefining of the social request, including that of the labour market, the Faculty of Geography has innovated and introduced for the first time new specializations at Bachelor’s and Master’s level that answered those requirements. It is not at all by chance that those study programmes were quickly assimilated in most of the other Faculties of Geography in Romania: Cartography and Cadastre, Environmental Science, Territorial Planning, the Geography of Tourism, Hydrology and Meteorology (Bachelor’s level), Tourism Planning and Development, Planning and Regional Development, Geomatics, Resources and Risks in Hydro-Atmospheric Environment (Master’s level), including the new Master’s level programmes promoted in the Babeş-Bolyai University branches.
Prof. Dănuţ Petrea, Ph.D.
Dean of the Faculty of Geography
Clarifications on the complaints addressed by students to the Faculty Board
Regarding the conditions for settling certain student complaints, the Faculty Board makes the following clarifications:
- The Faculty Board supports unconditionally the exchange of opinions with students and/or their representatives meant to find operative solutions to any dysfunction, objective complaint or dissatisfaction notified by students.
- Complaints can be addressed orally (during the audience schedule) or in writing to the Dean, the Vice Deans, the Faculty Chancellor and/or to the Students’ Chancellor.
- When addressing written complaints, authors are asked to take responsibility of the issues reported, stating the name and the address where they can receive the answer. The Faculty Board guarantees the confidentiality of information and of persons’ identity in the case of any discussion or complaint likely to generate risks to the author/authors of the complaint.
- The Faculty Board cannot give credit to anonymous complaints even if they might raise real issues.
- The Faculty Board would like to thank students for sharing opinions on institutional issues of common interest, in compliance with the above-mentioned conditions.