The establishment of a degree programme in Romanian Language and Literature is closely connected to the founding of the Romanian Language Teaching Centre on 1 November 1974. At first, the Language Teaching Centre functioned as a division within the Department of French Language and Literature and later as a division of the Foreign Language and Literature Institute. Romanian was studied optionally within the Institute, but after October 1975 it became a foreign langauge elective course for students from all departments. In April 1979, the Language Teaching Centre became part of the Institute of Pedagogy, and towards the end of 1979, preparations began for the establishment of a separate Romanian Language and literature degree programme at the Faculty of Philosophy. The first group of students were enroled at the beginning of the 1981/1982 academic year. At the start of the 2006/2007 academic year the Department of Romanian Studies introduced a new curriculum for instruction in Romanian Language and Literature. Presently, the Department has a seminar library with holdings numbering around 4,000 items including, among others, books, dictionaries and journals.
Since its inception, the Department of Romanian Language and Literature, today known as the Department of Romanian Studies, has maintained strong international cooperation with Romanian universities and other Romanian institutions including the University of Bucharest, the Western University of Timişoara, Politechnic University of Timisoara, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj, and Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad. The University of Novi Sad and, in particular, the Faculty of Philosophy, has also cooperated with the Romanian Academy of Sciences, the Romanian Cultural Foundation, and the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research.
After an Agreement of Cooperation with the University of Bucharest was signed, three scholarships for summer courses became available to students of the Department organised by the University of Bucharest, held primarily in Sinaia and Predeal. Moreover, the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research annually awards scholarships for summer courses at other university centres including Constanta, Iaşi, Craiova, Cluj, and Timişoara.
Every year, the Department of Romanian Studies accept applications for 25 places in the Bachelor’s degree program and for 5 places in the Master’s degree programme.
Dr Marina Puja-Badesku, professor