Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (UBB) is organising into Academic Schools/Science Schools, designed as cross-institutional mechanisms meant to encourage academic coordination and cooperation between the 21/22 faculties of UBB (and dozens of other academic units), for increasing major impact development and integration, thus avoiding or better managing overlap, fragmentation, and waste of academic resources.
“UBB has a complex profile, from arts and humanities, to social and natural/life/hard sciences, all the way to engineering and technology. Besides encouraging diversity, by emulating prominent American universities, the structuring into Academic/Science Schools aims to streamline UBB resources in order to provide us with competitive advantages and to connect with other relevant actors in the fields represented by these Schools. Therefore, without interfering with the current autonomy of the faculties, the Academic/Science Schools will coordinate and concentrate the diversity of the UBB programmes, a diversity which is significant and encouraged, for national and international developments. As seen from an analysis of the Schools that have emerged in UBB, when we concentrate the existing resources in UBB – some resources taken individually might be known to a lesser extent -, the Schools acquire consistency and increased academic strength, becoming a platform of excellence in national and international competition and/or cooperation,” stated the UBB rector, Professor Daniel David, PhD.
The new academic/science schools of UBB are organised considering the major fields of research, each school being coordinated by a council of the deans of the faculties/programmes (or their representatives):
(1) School of Arts and Humanities/School of Liberal Arts will include the Faculty of Letters, the Faculty of History and Philosophy, the Faculty of Theatre and Film, as well as the art programmes of the theology faculties within UBB.
(2) School of Social Sciences will include the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, the Faculty of European Studies, the Faculty of Business, the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, the Faculty of Geography (through human geography and tourism), respectively the Faculty of History and Philosophy (through the Department of International Studies and Contemporary History).
(3) School of Sciences and Life Sciences will include the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Faculty of Physics, the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, the Faculty of Biology and Geology, the Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Geography (through physical and technical geography and territorial planning).
(4) School of Engineering and Technology will include the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (through the engineering component: the chemical/biochemical engineering field), the Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering (through the engineering component: the environmental engineering field), the Faculty of Physics (through the engineering component: the technological physics programme), the Faculty of Biology and Geology (through the engineering component: the industrial biotechnology/ molecular biotechnology/ geological engineering programmes), but also the Faculty of Engineering (Reșița Extension).
(5) School of Health will include the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (through the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy – clinical/health programmes), the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences (through the Department of Public Health), the Faculty of Physics (through the medical physics programme), the Faculty of Biology and Geology (through the quality management programme in medical laboratories/nutrition sciences/medical biology), the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport (through the physical therapy programme), the Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering (through the environmental health component), respectively the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (through food chemistry and clinical chemistry programmes).
(6) School of Theology/Divinity includes the four faculties of theology within UBB: Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Faculty of Greek-Catholic Theology, Faculty of Reformed Theology, Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology.