Starting with the 2009/2010 academic year, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca started the first doctoral school of communication sciences in this history of the prestigious university, which in the same autumn has celebrated 90 years of existence.
Through the Ministry of Education, Research, and Innovation Order number 3675 from 13 April 2009, the University and the Journalism department were given the title of Institution that organizes Academic Doctorate Studies. Also, through the Ministry of Education, Research, and Innovation Order number 4697 from 14 August 2009, the professors Aurel Sasu and Ilie Rad were given the titles of doctorate coordinators in the field of communication sciences.
The Journalism department of the university is the third specialized institution in Romania (after the Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences of the Bucharest University, led by prof. Mihai Coman, and the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences Bucharest – the doctorate school being led by prof. Constantin Schifirnet), which have the right to organize doctoral studies in this field of expertise. This is, without a doubt, an unprecedented victory of the Journalism department, which sums up 15 years of academic and scientific efforts in Cluj-Napoca in this particular field, with the heads of the teaching department having their works published by the most prestigious publishing houses in Romania (Humanitas, Polirom, Paralela 45, Tritonic, Tribuna, Limes etc.). Moreover, there are also the dozens of events organized (“The Cluj Dialogues” which gathered important cultural and media experts from Romania and abroad), national journalism symposiums, all of them resulting in published works (feat that can only be claimed by a handful of other such institutions in Romania), various scientific programs in which the teaching department is involved (the creation of unique cultural dictionaries, the start of a literature history and publishing critique school, resulting in works that explore the media published legacy of great Romanian authors and journalists), MA programs, the radio and television fully functional studios, the first radio station ran entirely by students for education purposes, and other projects implemented with prestigious EU partners.
Not long after the doctoral program was announced, candidates from other parts of the country (Constanţa, Timişoara, Alba Iulia, Craiova etc.) stated their intent to join. This proves the fact that the Cluj based University and this emerging field of research is an attractive alternative for qualified, ambitious young researchers.
An important note must be added, that this doctoral program adheres to the highest academic and scientific standards, despite the somewhat tarnished reputation of Romanian doctoral programs.
The young researchers that attend the program benefit from lectures held by famous scholars from Cluj-Napoca’s scientific and cultural community (Mircea Borcilǎ, Mircea Muthu, Ion Pop, Mircea Popa, Aurel Sasu), and also from teachers from abroad (John Ryder, from State University of New York, Steven Knowlton from Dublin City University and many more).
Also, many of the program’s followers will have doctoral or postdoctoral scholarships, thanks to the various funding projects that the Journalism Department is part of.
Through the research topics that its followers pursue, the doctoral program tries to respond to the community’s needs, also fill in the gaps in expert literature, and enhance the journalistic value of great Romanian authors and journalists (with some monographs of great personalities within the field already being published), thus creating a unique personality in time.