- Alexandru Ioan Cuza University
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza Established 1860 Type Public Endowment US $ 120 million Rector Vasile Ișan Academic staff 838 Students 38,140 Undergraduates 27,601 Postgraduates 10,539 Location Iași, Romania Campus Urban Affiliations Universitaria Consortium
The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romanian: Universitatea "Alexandru Ioan Cuza") is a public university located in Iaşi, Romania. The University of Iaşi, as it was named at first, is the oldest higher education institution in Romania, founded one year after the establishment of the Romanian state, by an 1860 decree of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, under whom the former Academia Mihăileană was converted to a university.
Its coat of arms with the Y shaped heraldic crotch simbolizes the three initiatives which led to the foundation of the University: the Trei Ierarhi Collegium, the Academia Mihăileană, the University of Iași. The central element is the Bible, the classic emblem of higher education. The three shiny stars stand for the three faculties of the University at its foundation moment, Philosophy, Law and Theology, on blue and argent background, the same colors used on the Cuza family shield.
In 2008, for the third year in a row, the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University was placed first in the national research ranking compiled on the basis of Shanghai criteria. The University is a member of some of the most important university networks and associations: the Coimbra Group (CG), Utrecht Network, European University Association (EUA), International Association of Universities (IAU), University Agency of Francophony (AUF), the Network of Francophone Universities (RUFAC) and also of the Universitaria Consortium (the group of elite Romanian universities).
Iași has a long tradition in higher education, the first institute that functioned on the territory of Romania was Academia Vasiliană founded in 1640 by the Moldavian Prince Vasile Lupu, followed, in 1707, by Princely Academy of Iaşi. The Princely Academy (renamed, in 1812, The Academy of Filology and Science) matched up to the standards of the other European Academies of the time and the Romanian language gained importance over the Greek language.
The foundation, in 1835, of the Academia Mihăileană is considered a landmark in the history of Romanian higher education. The Academia Mihăileană was created under the auspices of Prince Mihail Sturdza (hence its name), striving for progress and for “meeting the standards of the enlightened Europe”. Three faculties were set up: the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Theology and the curriculum resembled to a great extent that of Austrian and German academies.
After Unification of the Romanian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia by the Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, the inauguration, at 26th October 1860, of the University of Iași, the first Romanian modern university, was to be a stepping stone to modern higher education in Romania.
The university grounds lie on Copou Hill in the northern part of the city.
The main university building was built between 1893 and 1897 on the site of the Iaşi National Theater which had burned down. The Hall of the University, known as The Hall of the Lost Footsteps, served as a parliamentary debating chamber between 1917 and 1918 when, during the Great War, Iaşi was the capital of Romania. In 1967, the painter Sabin Bălaşa started creating a series of strongly romanticized frescoes for the arcades.
Today the university is made up of 15 faculties (History, School of Law, School of Business and Administration, Philosophy, Letters, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, School of Pedagogy, Geography, Orthodox Theology, Catholic Theology, and Sport) with more than 38,000 students.
Founded in 1835 as Library of the Academia Mihăileană, Mihai Eminescu Central University Library of Iaşi holds about 2.5 million volumes that form the main collection and an old and rare collection, from the 15th to the 19th centuries, of over 100,000 Romanian and foreign documents, manuscripts, books, albums, maps, stamps, archive items.
The building that houses the main collection is located at the base of Copou Hill, and it was built between 1930 and 1935 to serve as the headquarters of King Ferdinand's Cultural Foundation. The triangular building with Doric columns and cupola is decorated with Carrara marble and Venetian mosaics. By 1945, the Foundation library had become one of the biggest in the country. Today, the library is the largest in Moldavia, with a great number of manuscripts and old books.
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University is involved in over 400 national and international research projects, with the logistic support of 24 research centres.
Notable faculty and alumni
- Academia Mihăileană
- List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945)
HistoricalBalș House · Braunstein Palace · Calimachi Palace · Cantacuzino-Paşcanu Palace · Cuza Palace · Grand Hotel Traian · Grigore Sturdza Palace · Metropolitan Palace · Mihai Sturza Palace · Neuschotz Palace · Palace of Culture · Roset-Roznovanu Palace CulturalArt Museum · Dosoftei House · Ethnographic Museum of Moldavia · George Topîrceanu Memorial House · Iaşi National Theatre · Ion Creangă Bojdeuca · Luceafărul Theatre · Mihai Codreanu Memorial House · Mihai Eminescu Museum · Mihail Sadoveanu Memorial House · Moldavia's History Museum · Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra · Natural History Museum · Nicolae Gane Memorial House · Otilia Cazimir Memorial House · Petru Poni Memorial House · Pogor House · Radu Cernătescu Memorial House · Romanian National Opera · Science and Technology Museum · Tătăraşi Athenaeum · Theatre Museum · Union Museum Monasteries,
and synagoguesArmenian Church · Aroneanu Monastery · Barnovschi Church · Bărboi Church · Bârnova Monastery · Bucium Monastery · Cetăţuia Monastery · Frumoasa Monastery · Galata Monastery · Golia Monastery · Great Synagogue · Hlincea Monastery · Metropolitan Cathedral · Old Catholic Cathedral · Old Metropolitan Cathedral · Royal Saint Nicholas Church · Saint Sava Church · Saint Spiridon Church · Socola Monastery · Trei Ierarhi Monastery ·
EducationalAlexandru Ioan Cuza University · Central University Library · Gheorghe Asachi Technical University · George Enescu University of Arts · Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy · Ion Ionescu de la Brad University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Statues
and monumentsAlexandru Dimitrie Xenopol Statue · Alexandru Ioan Cuza Statue · Attacking Cavalryman Statue · Dosoftei Statue · Gheorghe Asachi Statue · Grigore III Ghica Monument · Independence Statue · Mihai Eminescu Statue · Mihail Kogălniceanu Statue · Miron Costin Statue · Stephen the Great Statue · Union Monument · Vasile Alecsandri Statue
Parks, squares and
natural landmarksCentral Market Square · Ciric Park · Copou Park · Exhibition Park · Iaşi Botanical Garden · Independence Square · Mihai Eminescu Square · Palace Square · Podu Roș Square · Theatre Square · Union Square · University Square · Voievozilor Square
Sports venues Shopping Infrastructure By typeAttractions · Media in Iaşi Bucharest-IlfovUniversity of Bucharest • Polytechnic University • Academy of Economic Studies • Carol Davila University • Music University • University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine • Technical University of Civil Engineering • Ion Mincu University • University of Journalism and Communication Science • Titu Maiorescu University • University of Arts • Caragiale Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography • Academy for Physical Education and Sports • Academy of Higher Military Studies • Military Technical Academy • Police Academy • Academy of Medical Sciences • Academy for Agricultural and Forest Sciences • Otopeni Military Institute • Institute of Military Medicine • SNSPA • Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University • Spiru Haret University CenterLucian Blaga University • Nicolae Bălcescu Land Forces AcademyUniversity of Medicine and Pharmacy • Petru Maior University • Theatre University North-EastUniversity of BacăuAlexandru Ioan Cuza University • Gheorghe Asachi Technical University • Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy • George Enescu University of Arts • University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine • Mihail Kogălniceanu University • Petre Andrei University • Apollonia University • Roman Catholic Theological Institute • Gheorghe Zane University • Ştefan Lupaşcu Institute of European StudiesŞtefan cel Mare University North-WestBabeş-Bolyai University • Technical University • Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy • University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine • Art and Design University • Gheorghe Dima Music Academy • Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania • Greek-Catholic Theological Institute • Protestant Theological Institute • Avram Iancu University • Bogdan Vodă University SouthUniversity of Piteşti • Constantin Brâncoveanu University South-EastUniversity of Galaţi • Danubius University South-West WestAurel Vlaicu University • Vasile Goldiş West UniversityUniversity of PetroşaniEftimie Murgu University Coimbra Group of European research universities
Aarhus · Barcelona · Bergen · Bologna · Bristol · Budapest · Cambridge · Coimbra · Dublin · Edinburgh · Galway · Geneva · Göttingen · Granada · Graz · Groningen · Heidelberg · Iaşi · Istanbul · Jena · Kraków · Leiden · Leuven · Louvain-la-Neuve · Lyon · Montpellier · Oxford · Padua · Pavia · Poitiers · Prague · St. Petersburg · Salamanca · Siena · Tartu · Thessaloniki · Turku I · Turku II · Uppsala · Würzburg
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Universite Alexandru Ioan Cuza — Université Alexandru Ioan Cuza de Iaşi Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Nom original Universitatea « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Informations Fondation 1860 Type publique Localisation Iaşi, Roumanie Site web … Wikipédia en Français
Universite Alexandru Ioan Cuza de Iasi — Université Alexandru Ioan Cuza de Iaşi Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Nom original Universitatea « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Informations Fondation 1860 Type publique Localisation Iaşi, Roumanie Site web … Wikipédia en Français
Université Alexandru Ioan Cuza — de Iaşi Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Nom original Universitatea « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Informations Fondation 1860 Type publique Localisation Iaşi, Roumanie Site web … Wikipédia en Français
Université Alexandru Ioan Cuza Iaşi — Université Alexandru Ioan Cuza de Iaşi Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Nom original Universitatea « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Informations Fondation 1860 Type publique Localisation Iaşi, Roumanie Site web … Wikipédia en Français
Université Alexandru Ioan Cuza de Iaşi — Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Nom original Universitatea « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » Informations Fondation 1860 Type publique Localisation Iaşi, Roumanie Site web … Wikipédia en Français
Université Alexandru Ioan Cuza de Iași — Université « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » de Iași Nom original Universitatea « Alexandru Ioan Cuza » din Iași Informations Fondation 1860 Type publique Localisation Ville Iași … Wikipédia en Français
University of Helsinki — is not to be confused with either the Helsinki University of Technology or the University of Art and Design Helsinki. University of Helsinki Helsingin yliopisto Helsingfors universitet … Wikipedia
University of Hull — Motto Lampada Ferens (Latin) Motto in English Carrying the lamp of learning Established 1954 University Status 1927 University College Hull … Wikipedia
University of Coimbra — Universidade de Coimbra Latin: Universitas Conimbrigensis Established 1290 … Wikipedia
University of Malta — L Università ta Malta Motto Ut Fructificemus Deo (Latin) Motto in English We should bring forth fruit unto God Established … Wikipedia