A modern university can no more afford to continue following the old educational methods consisting in a simple transfer of knowledge from professors to students within the frame of an almost hermetic academic world.
Institutional partnerships with prestigious universities continue to be one of our top priorities. But today’s challenges, in exact sciences, technical sciences and, I daresay, in all sciences, do need a daily and reciprocal interaction between the academic faculties and the public and private professional world.
In this sense, the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu can be considered as a pioneer among the Romanian Academic institutions, for the number and quality of its partnerships with the labour world. Among them, the regular training sessions organized for our students by specialists of different fields facing day-to-day challenges in their profession is a key factor for the success of our formations and obviously for the professional chances and opportunities available to our students when leaving our amphitheaters.
Among the long-term collaborations I had the pleasure to sign as a rector, the one with the Swiss Webacademy deserves to be mentioned, by its interdisciplinarity seeing both our bodies collaborating in cultural projects, heritage digital promotion, web and IT trainings and, of course, our common priority to establish in Sibiu a yearly public-private international dialogue platform dedicated to one of the most threatening aspects of the digital world we are all living in: cybercriminality.
With a long tradition in the field of studying classical phenomena of international security, as evidenced by our journal “Studia Securitatis/ Security Studies Review” with its 3 to 6 issues per year along with its renowned research center of Informatics, the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu was naturally destinated for being the academic partner of the event, since its first edition.
It is a pleasure for me to welcome, this year, a special training day taking place in our most prestigious location, the Senate Hall. A predestinated location, as the hall was intended, at the time of its construction, to host the guests of the lead institution in matters of international security of the whole region, as a reception ‘salon’ of the Austro-Hungarian Military Commander of Transylvania.
Another great added-value for our institution is the part devoted to top-speakers of several of the most prestigious Academic institutions from Romania (the Military Technical Academy, the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj, the Academy of Economic Sciences of Bucharest and the National School of Political and Administrative Studies).
Their presence within the well-proportioned shares of national and international, public and private speakers achieved by the conference organizers is exactly the goal the “Lucian Blaga” University always promoted for designing a successful knowledge transfer event. In this sense, we are proud that our collaboration contributed to create one of the most exemplary meetings in Romania and not only for the precise field it is devoted to.
Last but not least, the implication in the congress sessions of our professors and students is significant, may they be lecturers or simply auditors. Their interaction with the speakers will be, doubtlessly, mutually profitable.
May all the participants agree our gratitude for having decided to attend this meeting. I sincerely hope that they will feel, for three days, as very welcome guests of Sibiu and as friends of the “Lucian Blaga” University.
Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Bondrea
Rector “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu