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NEWSLETTER
A BRIDGE ACROSS TIME
LEO ACADEMY
PORTUGUESE DIPLOMACY, FILM AND MUSIC
AT BRAȘOV
CAREER INFORMATION, GUIDANCE AND
COUNSELLING CENTRE
STUDENTS MEET WITH ALUMNI AND SUCCESSFUL
BUSINESSMEN
VISITORS AT THE FACULTY OF ECONOMIC SCIENCES AND
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
BRIEFING SESSION AT THE FACULTY OF MATERIALS
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
CONFUCIUS CUP AT TABLE TENNIS
CERTIFICATION EXAMS FOR PRE-UNIVERSITY TEACHERS
5TH EDITION OF THE PSI WEEK
LLP –IP ERASMUS AT THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE
PROFESSORS WE TAKE PRIDE IN
TRAIAN VUIA AWARD OF THE ROMANIAN ACADEMY
SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI
No. 23
March
2014
FIDES ET EXCELLENTIA
N
EWSLETTER
Transilvania University of Braşov
It is not the walls that make a school, but the spirit that reigns within.
(King Ferdinand I)
What purpose does the university serve
if not to pave the way for the society of wisdom?
(Paolo Blasi)
A BRIDGE ACROSS TIME
On the 28th of February, the
University's Faculty of Music together with
the local Opera House organized Bridge Across
BRAŞOV LEO ACADEMY,
Time, an event aimed at bringing together
undergraduates and successful alumni.
A NEW OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE ADVERTISING SKILLS
The performers in this event have been
Part of the series of events occasioned by the anniversary of our University, Leo
mentored, over the time, by widely acclaimed musical
Burnett Romania and the Faculty of Sociology and Communication launched, on the 28th
personalities such as Eugenia Moldoveanu, Georgeta
of February, the Braşov Leo Academy, a platform for learning and training in the
Stoleriu, Mariana Nicolesco, Cristina Soreanu and
fundamental skills required of the next generation of advertisers. The First Romanian
Gheorghe Roșu; they also capitalized on experience gained
School Museum hosted the inaugural lecture (A Short History of Advertising), given
during thirteen international training courses in artistic
by Professor Vasile Oltean, and the first seminar, given by Mihai Bonca, Marketing
virtuosity, which afforded them contact with outstanding
Director for Bergenbier.
musicians such as Lory Wallfisch (USA), Thomas Hecht (Singapore),
During this semester the master students enrolled in the
Viktor Pikaizen (Russia), Sylvia Ahramjian (USA), Tatjana Orloff
programme The Management of Branding Campaigns will have the
Tschekorschy (Germany), Corneliu Dumbrăveanu (The Netherlands),
opportunity to meet with specialists from Leo Burnett, who will act as
Corneliu Murgu (Germany) or Eva Mohos Nagy (Hungary).
visiting lecturers. The courses are also open to any undergraduate or
Conducted by Ciprian Țuțu, junior lecturer at the Faculty of Music
master student at our University. Supported by the Leo Burnett
and choir master at the Brașov Opera House, the Bridge Across Time
partners, the organizers envisage an extended collaboration for
orchestra included former and current students. The opening act featured the
other subjects in the BA and MA curricula. “Being born and bred in
overture to Mozart's “Le nozze di Figaro”. A unique performance of Bach's
Brașov, this is all the more reason for me to facilitate the local
Double Violin Concerto in D minor was given by a father-son duet made up of
students' direct contact with the pragmatic aspects of
Decebal and Bogdan Costache - the former, a university alumnus and the latter, an
communication, to enable them to practise the knowledge
undergraduate student in Alina Nauncef's class. Several other memorable musical
acquired during their university training. On the other
performances were given by Simona Mărcan, Nicoleta Chirilă, Valentina Mărgăraș,
hand, my colleagues and I don't see this venture as a kind
Corina Klein - sopranos, Cristina Roșu - mezzo-soprano, Liviu Iftene and Mihai Irimia of sponsorship but rather as an important channel
tenors and Alexandru Aghenie – baritone.
allowing us to stay tuned to the Romanian youth and
The Aula Magna resounded with familiar musical pieces such as Puccini's Tosca
gather first-hand insights. It is most likely going to be
and La Boème, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, Gounod's Faust, Verdi's Rigoletto, Bizet's
a win-win situation” said Lorand Boti Balint, CEO for
Carmen, Kalman's Sylvia, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's My Fair Lady, di Capua's O sole
Leo Burnett Romania.
mio, and Brindisi from Verdi's Traviata.
The partnership with the Leo Burnett
Our guide during this enchanting musical journey aimed at throwing bridges between
Group – a global advertising company with
different classes and generations of students was Ovidiu Mezei, a 1996 graduate of the Faculty of
more than 285 offices in 84 countries – started
Music.
Dr Liliana Rogozea, Dr Andrea Deaconescu in 2012 with the internship programmes
offered to our students via the School of
Communication in Braşov. The partnership is
a gateway for three-month internships in
Europe, financed and supported by the
Erasmus Programme.
Dr Florin Nechita
PORTUGUESE DIPLOMACY, FILM AND MUSIC AT BRAȘOV
On the 7th of February the Multicultural Centre
of Transilvania University played host to The
Romanian-Portuguese Dialogue, an event featuring Virgil
FIDES ET EXCELLENTIA
Mihaiu, poet and former director of the Romanian Cultural
Institute in Lisbon and Prof Daniel Perdigao, representative of
The Camoes Institute in Bucharest, as special guests.
A ROMANIAN-PORTUGUESE
The evening included a Portuguese jazz performance and a film
about Portugal. The audience - students, academics, and general
DIALOGUE AT THE
public – applauded, among others, the impeccable Romanian in which
MULTICULTURAL
Daniel Perdigao delivered his lecture. An admirable tale-teller, Perdigao
CENTRE
OF TRANSILVANIA
fascinated the audience with his fifty-minute tales of Martinho de
UNIVERSITY
Brederode's life. Coincidence or not, Brederode was a diplomat who, during the bleak '50s, chose to
spend his final years in Braşov. Virgil Mihaiu was, as ever, a refined poet, a connoisseur of jazz and
Portuguese culture.
Moderated by Andrei Bodiu, the two-hour event at the Multicultural Centre fully engaged the audience who relished in a highly
sophisticated cultural dialogue.
Dr Andrei Bodiu
CAREER INFORMATION, GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING CENTRE
The Career Information, Guidance and Counselling Centre (CICOC), seated in Student Hall of Residence
SOURCE AND RESOURCE
no. 3 in the Memorandului Complex is increasingly present in the life of Transilvania University students by
FOR STUDENTS’ PERSONAL
implementing its strategy of professional training and personal development.
AND PROFESSIONAL
The first step consists of activities meeting student needs. Thus during the first semester of academic
DEVELOPMENT
year 2013-2014, CICOC organised a number of debates and workshops for the freshmen students of the
faculties of Silviculture, Mathematics-Informatics, Psychology and Education Sciences, Economic Sciences and
Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering. The activities were aimed at developing intellectual
working skills built on each student’s personal approach to learning, identified by means of a questionnaire.
Another activity addressed “Organisational Communication”, where students found out about the message
“communicated” by their CV to a possible employer.
The activities were delivered by teaching staff from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences
(Dr Elena Cocoradă, Dr Mariela Pavalache, Dr Mihaela Voinea, Dr Simona Indreica, and Dr Andreea Laurențiu)
together with Claudia (Dumitru) Hermkens and Elena Stroe, master students of the Educational Psychology,
School and Vocational Counselling programme.
In parallel with these activities hosted by the faculties, at CICOC volunteer psychologist Claudia
(Dumitru) Hermkens, Dr Mihaela Voinea and Dr Camelia Truță provided individual career counselling sessions.
Further workshops and debates are planned for the second semester, as part of the CICOC team’s role of being source and resource for the
personal and professional development of the entire academic community.
Dr Mihaela Voinea
CICOC Coordinator
STUDENTS MEET WITH ALUMNI AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSMEN
TRANSFERRING
The undergraduate and master students of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business
KNOWLEDGE
Administration were invited to attend a series of meetings with successful representatives of the local
business environment, some of whom are graduates of our faculty.
FROM ONE GENERATION
During the meeting, Alexander Simionescu, General Manager of Siemens PSE, dealt with topics such
TO THE OTHER
as outsourcing, the Romanian business environment and the employment opportunities of young
economists. The topic was also approached from the point of view of the human resources manager by the
young and dynamic management team of Continental SA Braşov, made up of Bogdan Centea, Manager, and
Ramona Porca.
Ciprian Drăguţ, a faculty alumnus and Marketing and Communication Manager of Normandia SRL,
shared with our students the “secrets” of his professional success: the importance of building a theoretical
foundation during university training, command of at least two foreign languages, participation in faculty
projects and volunteer activities in support of professional associations or companies in the field.
Răzvan Sultănoiu, Finance and Banking graduate, Manager of Piraeus Bank Braşov, talked to our
master students about the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises through bank loans and European
business development funds.
Discussions about entrepreneurship and business competitiveness strategies on the local market,
moderated by Florin Madar, a well-known local businessman, led to vivid debates. On the same topic, Marian
Tirla, a Tourism and Services graduate, Manager of Active Travel, presented aspects related to the activity of a
travel agency, emphasizing the importance of communication and sales skills in this field.
Laurenţiu Mihai, Angela Scripcariu and Gabriel Nechita, young graduates (2013) of our faculty, who are
currently employed by top IT companies, discussed with master students about the role of social networks in Internet marketing, the development
of online marketing and of cloud computing and ERP solutions.
Our plan for the future is to resume the debates and expand our topic range; we even envisage turning this kind of event into a regular
occurrence taking place under the slogan “Transferring knowledge from one generation to the other”.
Dr Silvia Sumedrea
VISITORS AT THE FACULTY OF ECONOMIC SCIENCES
AND BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
On the 7th of February, the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business
Administration received the visit of a group of 35 young students from the prestigious
B.P. Haşdeu National College of Buzău. Accompanied by their teacher Claudia Grigore,
FIDES ET EXCELLENTIA
the tenth graders were received by Dr Gabriel Brătucu, Dean of the Faculty's, Dr Ioana Chiţu,
Vice-Dean, and by Dr Gheorghe Epuran.
The students were briefed about the status of the Faculty in the wider context of our
TENTH GRADERS FROM
University, the fields of undergraduate, master and PhD programmes, the study and leisure facilities.
The Dean stressed the fact that Transilvania University of Braşov provides educational services at B.P. HAŞDEU NATIONAL COLLEGE,
European standards and recommended students to choose national universities to continue their
BUZĂU
studies. The pupils learnt new things about the economic potential of Braşov and its perspectives for
development.
Dr Ioana Chiţu introduced our guests to the study programmes offered by the Faculty, and
their suitability to employers' expectations. Dr Gheorghe Epuran (born in Buzău) emphasized his
connection with Buzău county and with B.P. Haşdeu National College, but also his intention to initiate
joint programmes involving both our students and high school students.
The college teacher, Ms Claudia Grigore, gave a short presentation of B.P. Haşdeu National
College and the notable results obtained by its students (which ranked their college second,
nationwide), and assured us that her young students in Buzău would happily revisit Transilvania
University of Braşov.
At the meeting, Alexandru Drăghici, President of the Students Council at B.P. Haşdeu National
College, thanked us for this opportunity and talked about the goals and ideals of their students, as well as about the need for a closer cooperation
with the academia. The students from Buzău were impressed by the laboratories, classrooms and lecture halls they visited, as well as by Aula Magna.
The Faculty would like to thank the young students for their interest as well as their teacher, Ms Claudia Grigore, for her initiative; they and
their colleagues will always be welcome here. We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Ionel Banu, Headmaster of B.P. Haşdeu National
College, who supported their trip, and assure him of our availability for further cooperation.
Dr Gheorghe Epuran
BRIEFING SESSION AT THE FACULTY OF MATERIALS SCIENCE
AND ENGINEERING
th
Under the slogan “There are no spare parts for people”, on the 19 of February, the Faculty of Materials
Science and Engineering of our University co-organized, with Braşov County Pension Fund – the Department
for Work-Related Hazards and Occupational Diseases, a briefing session entitled “The System of Insurance
against Work-Related Hazards and Occupational Diseases”, attended by representatives of 23 local trade
companies.
The discussions were centred on two main aspects: on the one hand, promotion of safety and health at
the workplace and prevention of work-related accidents and occupational diseases and, on the other,
lowering the number of work-related accidents and occupational diseases and compensations for the
employees.
Both employers and employees must be made aware that – in their own and their families' interest –
they bear full responsibility in securing optimal conditions for the development of work processes. An
important aim of the system of insurance against work-related accidents and occupational diseases is
providing adequate information.
The purpose of this session was to brief employers and victims of work-related accidents and
professional diseases about the rights deriving from this type of insurance, in order to prevent unfortunate
work-related events or to ensure the recovery of their work capacity. This session was also aimed at raising the awareness of all the parties involved as
to the importance of reducing the consequences of work-related accidents.
Dr Dorin Cătană
THE SYSTEM OF INSURANCE
AGAINST THE RISKS OF
WORK-RELATED HAZARDS
AND OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES
SECOND EDITION OF THE CONFUCIUS CUP AT TRANSILVANIA UNIVERSITY OF BRAȘOV
Between the 11th and the 14th of February, Transilvania University of Brașov and Confucius
Institute organised the second edition of the table tennis Confucius Cup for more than 50 competitors.
TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION
The competition had separate sections for male and female table tennis players. The first stage of
the contest was the 'knock-out stage' at the end of which eight players made it to the semi-finals. The four
winners of the semi-finals competed in the finals. They were Iulian Soare, Andrei Bratu, Denis Mărgărit and
Alexandru Stelea (men's singles), Roxana Chiper, Cristina Bălan, Dorina Bucur and Carmen Puchianu
(women's singles).
At the end of the competition, two friendly games were played. In the singles game, the University
Rector, Dr Ioan Vasile Abrudan played against Mr Bian Zhengdong from the Chinese Embassy in Bucharest.
In the doubles, the Romanian team (Dr Andrei Bodiu, the Romanian director of Confucius Institute and Dr
Adrian Lăcătuș, Dean of the Faculty of Letters) faced the Chinese team (Dr Yang Zhaoyu, the Chinese
director of Confucius Institute and Huang Xilai, teacher of Chinese at the institute).
The awards ceremony took place on the 14th of February on the occasion of the traditional Chinese
Lantern Festival. The participants in the live event covered by the local media were: Dr Ioan Vasile Abrudan, Rector of the University, Dr Daniel
Munteanu, Vice-rector for students and liaison with the economic and socio-cultural community, Mihai Pascu, Vice-president of Brașov County
Council, Bian Zhengdong, Chief of the education department at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Dr Andrei Bodiu, the Romanian
director of Confucius Institute, Dr Yang Zhaoyu, the Chinese director of Confucius Institute and about 100 members of the public.
Dr Yang Zhaoyu
Chinese director of Confucius Institute
CERTIFICATION EXAMS FOR PRE-UNIVERSITY TEACHERS
The procedures by means of which teaching staff from pre-university
education can develop their pedagogic and managerial competences were the main
issues discussed in a debate organised by the Department for Teaching Staff Training at
the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences on the 1st of February. The event, a
FIDES ET EXCELLENTIA
Colloquium for Highest Certification Admission – the 2014-2016 Series, was dedicated to
setting up the specialised examining boards whose members are teaching staff of Transilvania
University, collaborators from pre-university education, specialists in education sciences and
THE FACULTY OF PSYCHOLOGY AND
teaching methodologists for every curricular area. These boards analysed and evaluated proposals for
EDUCATION SCIENCES - A RESOURCE
teaching-scientific projects within the highest teaching certification.
The discussions in the colloquium focused on two main areas: the methodology of FOR TEACHING STAFF CONTINUING
EDUCATION
pedagogical research and academic conventions for the writing of a scientific-didactic paper.
Almost 200 participants from fourteen counties as well as from the capital city took part in the
event. They were kindergarten and primary school teachers, trainers from the special primary
education system, music pedagogy, musical performance, physical education, mathematics, IT,
presicion mechanics, automotive engineering, Romanian language and literature, chemistry,
silviculture and wood industry. Most of the issues discussed and the suggestions made by the boards
were related to the topic of the certification paper and the research proposal.
This is the beginning of collaboration between the candidates for highest degree certification
and their supervisors; it will be followed by the deans' decisions on the supervisors for the candidates'
certification papers.
Dr Elena-Simona Indreica
5TH EDITION OF THE PSI WEEK
FOCUS: PARENTS
Between the 17th and the 21st of February, the
Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences and its
partners, the Publishing house TREI and Cărtureşti
bookshop, organised the 5th edition of the PSI week. This
time, all the main issues of the week were dedicated to
parents:
The computer and the video games – by Laura
Teodora David
Divorce – a responsible decision of parents – by
Marcela Rodica Luca
Teenage – a way out of the labyrinth – by Aurel Ion Clinciu
The participants were specialists in the fields of psychology and education sciences, parents, and
teaching staff interested in parents' problems and ways of communicating with them.
Having already become a tradition, these events promote the Faculty's efforts to reach out to the local
community, as well as the ongoing dialogue between our specialists and members of the public.
Dr Marcela Rodica Luca
CLASSIC AND MODERN METHODS FOR MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS IN HUMAN PATHOLOGY
Between 2011 and 2013, the Faculty of Medicine at Transilvania University of Brașov developed the
intensive programme “Classic and Modern Methods for Molecular Diagnostics in Human Pathology” within
LLP –IP ERASMUS
the Erasmus Life Long Learning Programme under the coordination of Dr Antonella Cheşcă.
AT THE FACULTY OF MEDICINE
The target group of the project were post-graduate and research students, and the lectures were
given by prestigious members of teaching staff from universities in Holland, France, Turkey, the Czech
Republic, Hungary and Romania. The Romanian lecturers were from the faculties of medicine at UMF TârguMureş and Transilvania University of Braşov.
The outcome of the collaboration with our European partners was the publication of the monograph
“Methods for Diseases Diagnostic with Applicability in Practice”. The work was published in February 2014 in
hard copy and in electronic format by Lambert Academic Publishing. The volume contains theoretical and
practical information from cellular and molecular biology with relevant aspects from related study and
research fields. This information is accompanied by illustrations, tables and graphs. In both structure and
content, the volume is of relevance to medical students –both undergraduate and post-graduate, to residents,
young medical researchers and anyone interested in this domain.
Dr Antonella Cheşcă
PROFESSORS WE TAKE PRIDE IN
Dr Valentin Nǎstase was born in Bessarabia, 83 years ago. His impressive
personality, impeccable academic stature and austere elegance have been, for
decades, an inspiration for us all. A competent and affable Head of the Department of
FIDES ET EXCELLENTIA
Wood Technology at the Faculty of Wood Engineering, Professor Nǎstase left a deep
imprint upon the people he worked with – PhD supervisees and colleagues – whom he
provided with a model of dedication, humanity and professional competence.
PROFESSOR
In the '60s, together with professor architect Florin Ionescu, he included Furniture Design as
VALENTIN NĂSTASE, PhD
a subject in the academic curricula; in the '80s he founded the specialization Design of Art Furniture,
showing much vision in developing subjects such as Restoration, Design, Production of Art Furniture
and Styles. Apart from teaching, he was a forerunner in research as well: his PhD thesis laid the
groundwork for the design of modular furniture, and in many projects he evaluated and established the
behaviour of different new materials proposed for the wood industry, among which plated frames and
cellular boards. With Professor Ioan Curtu he investigated the structure and the quality of joints in
sitting furniture. He was permanently involved in the elaboration and updating of standards in
furniture making and wrote twenty authoritative studies in the field.
Professor Nǎstase's genuine artistic intuition, in-depth knowledge of arts, literature and
Romanian traditions, touched many students who, under his influence, became not only valuable
specialists in furniture making but also better people in every sense of the word.
Professor Valentin Nǎstase passed away quietly in November 2013, leaving behind the memory of a
worthy man and professional.
Dr Marina Cionca
PROFESSORS WE TAKE PRIDE IN
PROFESSOR
GHEORGHE ATANASIU, PhD
Gheorghe Atanasiu was born on the 23rd of August 1939 in Bacǎu. He attended G. Bacovia High School
in Bacǎu and the Faculty of Mathematics – Mechanics of the A.I. Cuza University in Iaşi. He began his career in
1961 as a teaching assistant at the University in Braşov. What followed was a fruitful university career, whose
highlights were the setting up of the geometry school in Braşov. He led the Department of Geometry
intermittently from 1974 to 2007. In 2008 he retired, but continued to have a close relationship with the
Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics of the University. During his long career he contributed to the
formation of tens of generations of specialists; he is fondly remembered for the clarity and depth of his
mathematics courses. The university coursebooks he authored are, to this day, reference sources.
As a scientist, his achievements are remarkable. He published numerous scientific articles, 122 of
them recorded in Mathematical Reviews. In 1973 he earned his doctoral degree at his alma mater. In 1980 he
was awarded the Gh. Ţiţeica prize of the Romanian Academy, opening the line of Academy award winners in
mathematics from Transilvania University. He was a member of several scientific organizations and founding
member of the Balkan Society of Geometers.
Professor Atanasiu is particularly commendable for having organized, between 1980 and 1994, the “National Seminars of the Finsler and
Lagrange Spaces” in Braşov. He created in Braşov a team of internationally acknowledged specialists in Finsler geometry and he was PhD advisor first
at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, and later at our University.
Dr Marin Marin
Dr IOAN GOIA'S TREATISE ON MECHANICS OF MATERIALS
THE TRAIAN VUIA AWARD
Authored by Professor Ioan Goia, the treatise on
Mechanics of Materials was awarded the Traian Vuia prize of OF THE ROMANIAN ACADEMY
the Romanian Academy, which re-acknowledged the efforts of
the Department of Mechanical Engineering in Brașov, a leading
academic branch for the past 60 years.
Dr Goia's in-depth study addresses fundamental issues
in the field of Mechanics of Materials. The rigorously analytical
and matrix-based approach, the algorithmic pattern of the
proposed problems, as well as the logical schemata underlying
each category of problems ensure the immediate passage to the
numerical analysis and calculus of the structures under analysis.
Particularly noteworthy here is the learner-oriented approach to the subject matter, which allows for
the
reader's immediate access to the cognitive input, as each theoretical chapter is supplemented with applications, exercises, problems and
questionnaires intended to facilitate comprehension, acquisition, and feedback. The final part of the study lists over 100 references and a helpful
thematic index.
Celebrating his 80th anniversary this year, Professor Ioan Goia is a distinguished member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering which
has given the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences no less than four members to date.
Dr Sorin Vlase
SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI
For over ten years now Alexandru Blemovici has been General
Manager of Schaeffler Romania, a Braşov manufacturer of linear
technology for the machine-tools industry, parts for the automotive industry,
FIDES ET EXCELLENTIA
and large size roller bearings for various industrial fields, among which the
aeolian energy industry holds an important place.
He is a 1991 graduate of the Faculty of Machines Manufacturing Technology of
our University and strated his career in engineering in the same year at the local tractor
ENG. ALEXANDRU BLEMOVICI
factory where he worked for four years. He became acquainted with the German business
environment during an eighteen months internship at Kloeckner & Co AG, Duisburg. Four
years later he founded the Freshtex T.F. Braşov company which, in the first eight years,
expanded to three more factories, with 840 employees and a turnover of around € 20 mil.
Starting with 2003 he has been Manager and CEO of Schaeffler Romania. Created in
2002 Schaeffler Romania is one of the largest Eastern European production sites of the
Schaeffler Group, with around 3,600 employees and an annual output of € 350 mil. in Braşov.
Adopting a modern management system, the company continued to develop: in 2003 the
company operated in a rented location, had 180 employees, five production segments for
the industrial and automotive field; today, ten years after Alexandru Blemovici assumed the
management of the company, it has its own factory in Cristian, a green field investment with
around 100,000 m² of production halls, 3,600 employees, 13 automotive products (approx.
20% of the total output), a large variety of industrial products, its own heat treatment and
forge facilities, becoming thus one of the most notable companies nationwide. The company
was included in top 100 Romanian companies and it received numerous awards and distinctions:
the award for Foreign Investment in Romania, granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in 2004); distinctions granted by the Chamber
of Commerce and Industry of Braşov as part of the Business Excellence Awards, the inclusion among the Top Companies in the County
(at the categories: Export, Environment Management, Employer of the Year, Investments in Modern Technologies), as well as Manager
of the Year (in 2010), distinction granted to the CEO for outstanding personal and professional contributions.
The company's prospective strategies materialized in major investments in research and development. Consequently, from
2012, Schaeffler România, through its Engineering Centre, has been one of the most performing research centres in Romania and one
of the most important group locations for product research and development.
Starting from the premise that education is the most valuable “gift” offered to the young generation, under his leadership the
company initiated projects involving university and pre-university students. Schaeffler Romania played a decisive role in creating the
first professional school in Romania following the German model of dual training – Kronstadt German Vocational School which offers
young people career guidance through the Fit for Future programme, and in 2014, working with the Braşov School Inspectorate and
Transilvania University of Braşov, it created the ProfiMec platform, with the purpose of increasing the cooperation between education
institutions and companies, and of continuously developing the skills of teachers involved in vocational training at pre-university level.
The company plays an active role in the academia, through investments in different projects and in infrastructure, through
projects focused on students/graduates, as well as through the support granted to various programmes of our university.
In order to create an adequate framework for the training of future graduates, the company modernised and equipped various
laboratories on the University premises, and the Tribology Laboratory for Research and Testing within the Research, Development and
Innovation Institute of our University.
In 2010 the company financed the implementation of the SAP ERP integrated system at the Faculty of Technological
Engineering and Industrial Management, and in 2012, the Virtual Engineering in Automotive Design lecture as part of the Advanced
Simulation in Automotive Engineering master's programme.
The students who wish to further their knowledge in the field can join internship programmes and work on their diploma or
dissertation projects within the company. The best graduate/master students are supported through the Excellence Scholarship
programme, while graduates can benefit from the Schaeffler Trainee programme intended to help train the company's future
specialists. Also, the company supports a series of programmes and events of our University, such as the International Conference on
German Studies, the Survivor in Real Life programme, the Graduates Meet Companies Conference, the BlueStreamline Student
Formula, while developing student events like Schaeffler Day, Treasure Hunt, etc.
Its interest in promoting scientific research led Schaeffler Romania to become involved as main partner and participant in the
CONAT International Congress (2004 and 2010), the CoSME International Conference (2004, 2008 and 2012), and from 2011 as main
partner in organising the Leaders of the Automotive Science and Industry Present series of lectures.
Member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Braşov, founding member of the German Economic Club and of the Fit
for Future DWK Association, Alexandru Blemovici promoted and supported a large number of projects with both economic partners
and the Braşov City Hall, with a significant impact on the entire local community.
Alexandru Blemovici is a successful manager, a professional leader involved in the training of future generations, and a
supporter of social and cultural projects, firmly believing that “it is only together that we move the world”.
Dr Lucia Chicoş