The new Rector of the Babes-Bolyai University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca (western Romania) is Professor Ion Aurel Pop, PhD, who is on the staff of the Faculty of History and Philosophy.
The UBB Pro-Rector, Professor Cristina Ciumas, PhD, got 595 aye votes (47.45 percent).
1,274 voters of the total 1,581 cast their votes. Twenty votes of all the votes that were cast were annulled.
Professor Ion Aurel Pop, PhD, is a member of the Romanian Academy and manager of the Center of Transylvanian Studies of the Romanian Academy. He was a visiting professor with the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1991-92), manager of the Romanian Cultural Centre in New York (1994-95), manager of the Romanian Instituted of Culture and Humanistic Research in Venice (2003-2007) and since 2003 he has been an associate professor with the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice.
He published more than 30 books and numerous articles in Romania and abroad. Here are some of his reference works: ‘Romanian Mediaeval Institutions. Knez and Nobility Assemblies in Transylvania of the 14th-16th Centuries’ (1991), ‘Romanians and Hungarians in the 9th-14th Centuries. Origin of the Mediaeval State in Transylvania’ (1996), ‘History of Mediaeval Transylvania: From Ethno-Genesis of the Romanians till Michael the Brave’ (1997), ‘History, Truths and Myths’ (2002) and ‘Contributions to the History of Romanian Culture (Brasov Chronicles of the 17th-18th Centuries)’ (2003).
Historian Ion Aurel Pop’s project for the UBB managing position started from the prerequisite that ‘the university is a great solidarity.’ From his point of view the mission of a rector, who is ‘the first among equals,’ is to ensure the development of the community of professors and students and observe the tradition of academic independence and university autonomy.
Professor Ion Aurel Pop, PhD, wants to achieve a ‘re-humanization of the university, in the spirit of some natural relations among people and of a détente,’ the more so as UBB has strategic lines that were drawn a long time ago as well as the privilege of being the first in the Romanian hierarchy.
Professor Ion Aurel Pop, PhD, also said that the efficient use of the UBB real estate heritage would be a challenge to the new managers and stipulated ‘the preservation of a correctly sized infrastructure.’ He does not want an antagonism of UBB specialties and subjects as a consequence of the differences in drawing extra-budget resources.
During the debates of ideas occasioned by the competition for the UBB managing position the Professor emphasized the fact that the Rector-Senate relation would be ‘a key to success and cooperation.’