The Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies (Asociatia Română pentru Studii Baltice si Nordice) is the leading Romanian organization involved in the advancement of Scandinavian studies in Romania. ARSBN organizes, starting with 2010, a yearly international conference of Baltic and Nordic Studies, publishes the bi-annual peer-reviewed Journal for Baltic and Nordic Studies, edits monographs, volumes of documents, translates Scandinavian and Baltic authors into Romanian, coordinates the Summer School of Nordic and Baltic Studies in Romania. It also organizes various events, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and book presentations with subjects related to Nordic area studies. It offers grants and prizes in order to encourage the development of Scandinavian research in Romania. It has also set up a small library of Baltic and Nordic studies which is continuously enhanced and updated. Thus, ARSBN has an extensive web of partners within research institutions and universities in Scandinavia and around the Baltic Sea area, which it seeks to develop by networking and engaging in common ventures. The Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies has achieved already a large number of research and educative projects in the field of Scandinavian and Baltic Studies. ARSBN has so far organized five editions of the Annual International Conference of Nordic and Baltic Studies (2010-2014):
It has also organized two sessions of the Nordic and Baltic Summer School whereby 50 students from Romania and Republic of Moldova have been taught Scandinavian, Finnic, and Baltic languages, history, culture, the latter session being funded from the EEA Grants
ARSBN has been successful in achieving finance for projects dealing with Romania’s relations with Nordic and Baltic countries and has the most valuable expertise in this field. The results of its researches have been twice chosen as the Book of the Month by the Romanian Foreign Ministry and once by the Latvian Foreign Ministry:
Accomplished research projects in this respect are the volumes dedicated to the Romanian-Lithuanian relations, Romanian-Latvian relations, the histories of Finland and Lithuania, the diaries of Marshal Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim and General Titus Garbea etc.
ARSBN has also organized a large number of conferences, seminars and exhibitions dedicated to Romania’s relations with Nordic and Baltic nations and cultures. For instance, it is highly relevant that ARSBN has cooperated in the celebration of playwright Henrik Ibsen (http://arsbn.ro/celebrare-henrik-ibsen.htm), Edvard Munch (http://arsbn.ro/edvard-munch-150-de-ani-de-la-nastere-2.htm) and has organized the Norwegian Culture and History Week in 2013 (http://arsbn.ro/saptamana-culturii-si-istoriei-norvegiene-2013.htm).
Furthermore, the ARSBN has been a partner in a project designed by the Romanian Embassy in Oslo to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations at the embassy level between Romania and Norway.
International Summer School of The University of Oslo, Norway
The University of Oslo was founded in 1811 as the first in Norway. Today it is the country’s largest public institution of research and higher learning with 27 000 students and 6100 employees. The University of Oslo has an operating annual budget of NOK 6.6 billion, and most of its funding comes from the Norwegian Government.
As a classical university with a broad range of academic disciplines, UiO has top research communities in most areas. Moreover, UiO currently has 8 National Centres of Excellence and a strategic focus on interdisciplinary research in the field of energy and life sciences in particular. As a broadly based, non-profit research university, UiO has access to good public funding schemes. Lab and office facilities, libraries and technical support are at the high end.
UiO offers more than 800 courses in English at all levels, around 40 Master’s degree programmes taught entirely in English and several PhD programmes. UiO focuses on research-based education and attracts highly qualified students from all over the country.
UiO attracts students and researchers from all over the world. As of 2012, 13 percent of the student population is from foreign countries. 17.5 percent of the academic staff and 26 percent of the PhD candidates are from abroad.
International Summer School of The University of Oslo has an experience of 68 previous sessions in organizing summer schools and various events such as conferences, seminars etc: http://www.uio.no/english/studies/summerschool/. More than 550 students from Norway and from over 85 countries take part in the summer school, conferences, seminars the university organizes.
Faculty of History and Political Sciences of Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania
"Ovidius" University of Constanta is a multidisciplinary public institution of higher education, institutionally accredited and having been awarded the High Level of Trust,by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
The University bears the name of the Roman poet Publius Ovidius Naso, who lived the last years of his life in Tomis, a former Greek colony that later became the city of Constan₫a.
The mission of the university is to promote the creation and dissemination of knowledge through education, scientific research and artistic creation at European level standards of performance. The university is an institution in the service of the regional community and it also has a profound international impact in the Black Sea area and beyond.
Organized on the principles of university autonomy, academic freedom, ethics, fairness and transparency, "Ovidius" University aspires to become a center of culture and creation, open to a dynamic world, characterized by ethnic and religious diversity.
Some of the values that guide the university are inspired by the life and works of Ovid, who showed creative freedom and the desire to leave a permanent and unique trace, capable of enduring the passage of time.
Ovidius University of Constanya aspires to be recognized as the European University of the Black Sea. In this context, the university has been conducting an intense activity of establishing bilateral partnerships, showing an active involvement in the regional university networks. OUC is a founding member and holds the General Secretariat of the Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN) and is a member of the European Universities Association (EUA), etc.
The International Relations Office deals with the development of international partnerships in education and research, the preparation and implementation of joint programs or joint degrees and aims at making study programs compatible with those in other universities.
The Community Program Office has facilitated an increase of academic and student exchanges, an aspect which has been constantly developed at Ovidius University of Constanya and, at present, our institution has concluded more than 400 agreements for various partnerships involving mobilities and scientific cooperation, academics, guests and visiting scholars’ mobilities.
The Foreign Students Department is in charge of recruitment, admission and completion of documents, offers assistance in solving various social or health problems faced by our international students and the grantees of the Romanian state.
Faculty of History and Political Sciences develops through its programs the general mission of the university and is involved in numerous research and educational programs.
Faculty of History and Political Sciences co-organized the Fourth Conference on Baltic and Nordic Studies in Romania in May 2013.