Who we are
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration is the main school of governamce in Romania. Its institutional outlook is oriented towards promoting and putting into practice the connection between the academic process and the real transformation of Romanian politics. In the context, the University is constantly pursuing the objective of training professionals able to contribute through their skills and knowledge, to the creation and implementation of public policies in Romanian and European institutions.
According to its mission, the University delivers and promotes knowledge through its educational and research activities. Also, it provides professional competencies in the field of social and political science, public administration, economy and public relations. It also contributes to the national and international developments and transformations in these fields. The University's activity is characterized by intensive research in fields related to the study of the Holocaust, Gender Studies, Electoral Systems, Israeli Studies etc. In this context, in October 2012, by a Decision of the Senate of the University, the "Theodor Herzl" Centre of Israeli Studies within the Faculty of Political Science was founded.
The Centre is committed to promote the regional studies in order to facilitate the knowledge of political realities in various geographical areas. Similarily, it aims at advancing the knowledge and to provide a rigorous academic perspective on issues pertaining to the Israeli government, politics and society. The Centre was created in order to provide a deeper analysis and an academic alternative to the journalistic or one-sided approaches.
In the context, it must be mentioned that one of the principles of the Centre is to distance itself from politicized positions. The need for such an approach is motivated by the necessity to analyse diverse perspectives of Israel.
Although we have recently witnessed the emergence of Romanian research centres and graduate programs of regional studies that satisfy students' interest in understanding different areas of the world, a centre of Israeli Studies was only recently founded. The importance of such a center lies in the fact that Israel is situated in one of the most significant and complex regions of the world and has unique socio-political traits. The activity of the center will focus on the analysis of Zionism, as movement and national ideology, and on a thorough analysis of Israel’s political, economic and social relations.
The "Theodor Herzl" Centre of Israeli Studies is functioning under the active supervision of Prof. Dr. Liviu Rotman, Head of the Centre, accompanied during the years of current functioning by the following assistants: Dr. Horia Bărbulescu (2012-2014), Dr. Gabriela Ion (2014-2015), Dr. Ildiko Galeru, and Daniel Gheorghe.