Message from the Dean
It is my pleasure to introduce you to this great university, to our remarkable college, and to the extraordinary opportunity you have to earn one of the country’s most respected degrees in political sciences, public administration, public health, communication / PR / advertising or journalism. Our faculty care deeply about providing an exceptional education to all our students, preparing them for productive and rewarding future careers in the public, non-profit or business sectors. We all aspire to excellence in teaching, research, and community outreach because the challenges we face today are so important that we must insist on the highest standards of analysis and integrity.
Our educational programs (BA and MA) set the standard for both their quality and breadth and stay on the leading edge and adapt to societal and major policy changes. The College promotes research and education that is multidisciplinary in nature. We encourage multidisciplinary collaborations among all our departments, other institutions, industry and government to ensure the school is well poised to succeed in our rapidly changing world. Our faculty members work on major governance issues of effective public and non-profit management, innovation and performance, public-private partnerships, and institutional reform.
We distinguish ourselves as a college that turns knowledge-into-action
Dr. Călin Hințea
The College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences (FSPAC in Romanian) consists of 5 departments: Public Administration and Management, Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Journalism, Political Science, and Public Health. Also, the faculty has 3 extensions located in Transylvania: Bistrita, Satu-Mare and Sfantu Gheorghe, where Bachelor courses from the Public Administration Department are tought. Our educational offer consists of: Bachelor Programs (6 semesters), Master Programs (2-4 semesters), and a PhD Program. The study languages are:
Political Sciences: Romanian, English, and Hungarian
Public Administration: Romanian, English
Leadership in the Public Sector: English
Communication and Public Relations: Romanian, Hungarian and German
Journalism: Romanian, Hungarian, German, and English
Public Health: English
From the beginning, the professionals from the Political Science Department were specialized in various domains such as history, philosophy, sociology, psychology, economics and law. The cooperation agreements established with foreign universities provided the staff with the possibility to participate and complete its training at European and American universities. All 4 departments hosted foreign professors who taught courses, conducted research projects and collaborated with Romanian professors. Some of the foreign professors are: prof. Ronald King, Prof. Paul Sum (Tulane University, USA), Prof. Jeffrey Mondak (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Prof. Peter Wagner, Prof. André Miroir (UniversitéLibre du Bruxelles, Belgium), Prof. Chiatello Giussepe (University of Genova, Italy), Prof. Richard Hall (Indiana University, USA), Prof. David Ringsmuth (California State University,USA), Prof. Michael Cain (University of Mississippi,USA), Prof. Rita Moore (University of Portland,USA), Prof.Roger Hamlin (Michigan State University,USA), Prof. Robert D. McEvoy, Prof. John Rohrbaugh (State University of New-York at Albany,USA), Prof. Alan Rosenbaum (Florida International University), Prof. Carole Neves (Smithsonian Institute), Prof. Frank Boenker, Lecturer Kosima Lempke (University of Viadrina, Frankfurt Oder/Germany).
The curricula of the College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences was developed in order to facilitate the training of specialists in the fields covered by our departments. The curricula was advanced in accordance with the Babes-Bolyai University Carta and with the help of some American specialists (academic professors and international consultants) who visited the faculty within the Curriculum Development Program in Social Sciences supported by USAID and administered by IREX/ACLS.
Each curricula includes mandatory disciplines (which offers fundamental knowledge for every student), optional disciplines (students have the possibility to choose according to the specialization they follow) and facultative disciplines (chosen from the general offer of courses of the university).
Usually, a course lasts a semester. The curriculum is structured to offer the students the practical knowledge and abilities required by the professions for which they study. The College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences adapted to the European model by functioning on the basis of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Moreover, the curricula provide the opportunity to intern at different institutions (media, private institutions, central and local administration). According to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, each discipline has a specific number of credits. The minimum number of credits needed for each semester is 30. The disciplines included in the Bachelor exam are credited separately. The credits obtained by the students who are the beneficiaries of a scholarship in a European Union member state are recognized.
Transatlantic Institute for Public Management and Sustainable Communities
- a post-graduate program for professionals interested in communication management in the public sector; the program is developed by FSPAC, together with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research (University of Georgia);
- a pilot program that targets city managers; the program is provided by MSU and BBU, in partnership with the International City/Country Management Association;
- the strategic planning of the city of Cluj-Napoca for 2013-2020, together with FSPAC.