Presentation/Background

Faculty of Engineering, Informatics and Geography of Spiru Haret University resumes the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences as per Decision no. 376/2016 regarding the approval of the List of the academic fields and majors/study programs and of the structure of higher education institutions for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences was established on 01.10.2015 upon the merging of Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics with Faculty of Geography, based on the USH Senate Decision no. 443 on 29.09.2014.

Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics was authorized for operation by Government Decision 294/16.06.1997 published in the Official Gazette of Romania no. 130/25.06.1997 p.I and reconfirmed by GD. no.410/25.09.2002, published in the Official Gazette of Romania no. 313/13.05.2002 p.I.

Faculty of Geography was established in 1996, to train students in the field of Geography so as to be employed in education positions and/or in research units, monitoring the quality in the environment factors, in the hydro-meteorological network, tourism agencies, etc.

The legal basis for the operation of the Faculties for the 2016-2017 academic year is the GD no. 376/2016: Tourism Geography (Authorized, 3 years, 180 credits, 75 seats FT), Tourism Geography (Authorized, 3 years, 180 credits, 75 seats PT), Geography (Accredited, 3 years, 180 credits, 75 seats FT), Geography (Accredited, 3 years, 180 credits, 75 seats LD), Informatics (Accredited, 3 years, 180 credits, 100 seats FT), and Information Technology (Authorized, 4 years, 240 credits, 60 seats FT).

The Geography undergraduate programme was part of the Faculty of Geography, established in 1996, following the increasing demand of teaching staff in higher education and research. The holders of an academic degree in Geography may fill in a wide range of positions within research centres, centres for environmental factors monitoring, the hydro-meteorological network, tourism units, environmental agencies, mapping centres and the like. Over the years, the material resources of Spiru Haret University and the equipment acquired based on the research contracts and projects have contributed to a high level research training of the holders of an academic degree in the aforementioned area. Moreover, our reputable Faculty includes prominent figures in the field (Professor Docent H.C. Gr. Posea, PhD, Professor I. Zavoianu, PhD, Professor I. Iordan, PhD, Professor V. Glavan, PhD, Professor I. Povara, PhD, Associate Professor M. Parichi, PhD, Associate Professor A. Cioaca, PhD, Associate Professor S. Tamara, PhD, Associate Professor V. Teodorescu, PhD and the like) who have trained highly-qualified young people, which has improved the visibility of the programme and the quality of the graduates professional training, translating in excellent results at the Graduation exam and in the successful defense of the Graduation Thesis and last but not least in the percentage of graduates finding employment.  

Starting with the 2005 – 2006 academic year, as a result of joining the Bologna Process, the curriculum is greatly reorganised; therefore, the education system is structured on three cycles, as follows: Cycle I – 3-year undergraduate studies, providing fundamental training, Cycle II – 2-year Master studies and Cycle III – 3-year Doctoral studies.    

Starting with the 2015 – 2016 academic year, the Geography and Computer Science undergraduate programmes merge, therefore, we operate as the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Science and Geography, Department of Engineering and Geography.

The teaching and research mission of the programme includes specific and current interest elements in line with the National Qualifications Framework and the labour market demands. The graduates may hold the following positions according to the Classification of Occupations in Romania: geographer, research assistant in geography, secondary-school teacher, travel organiser, tourist guide and the like.

The mission of Geography FT and DL undergraduate programme is training highly qualified specialists capable to work in preuniversity education and in other fields related to environmental knowledge, conservation and protection, to the capitalisation of the touristic potential, as well as in research and design institutes, geographical, speleological, hydrometeorological institutions, in environmental protection agencies and the like.      

The programme constantly promotes innovation and creativity, develops research (including based on the CNCSIS projects won by the teaching staff, the research projects covered by the Research Plan of the faculty and the like) in cooperation with national institutions in the field (The Institute of Speleology, The National Agency of Meteorology, The Institute of Geography, The Institute of Geology and the like) and international institutions (e.g. Faculty of Geography and GIS of Damanhour, Egypt) and recognises the scientific performances of the teaching staff and the students by publishing the outcomes of their work in the Annals of Spiru Haret University – Geography series and in other specialised journals, as well as by organising and participating in national and international scientific events (e.g. the International Symposium of Geography „Landscapes: perception, understanding, awareness and action”, organised by the Faculty of Geography, reaching 8th edition).

The lecture rooms are equipped with magnetic chalkboards, thematic maps, mobile video-projectors, projection screens, laser markers for the courses that require the use of such teaching methods. Every laboratory has thematic maps and the required specific resources for conducting practical work and for helping the students build the skills and competencies covered by the course descriptions. The lecture and seminar / lab spaces are properly furnished such as to enable the proper operation of a stimulating teaching / learning process.      

Computer Science Laboratory makes available INTERNET-connected computers which can be used by the students whenever necessary. The INTERNET access enabled for all computers, including the teacher desk one, allows the teachers to coordinate the students’ activity during lab or seminar.

GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory is equipped with the necessary software for processing the mapping materials and the satellite images, enabling the conduct of practical work.  

Meteorology-Climatology-Hydrology Laboratory has in place the necessary equipment to perform meteorology-specific measurements (rain gauges, hygrometers and hygrographs, wind gauges, thermometers and thermographs, barometers and the like), as well as hydrometers, thermometers and instruments for measuring the quality of ground waters (water monitoring devices and turbidimeter) and the like. By means of the aforementioned instruments, we can collect and interpret the data thus collected, comparing them with the information included in other databases.   

Geomorphology and Topography and Mapping Laboratory is equipped with theodolites, stereoscopes, significant graphical resources (maps for the entire Romanian territory, at different scales), satellite images, aerial photographs and GPS, telemeter and the like, a hammer for determining the rock hardness, penetrometer, PH meter and moisture meter which allow the interpretation, analysis and design of a thematic map. Also, we have in place the field trip equipment (tents, mattresses, piolets, safety hooks and the like).

Geology and Soil Geography Laboratory is furnished with microscopes, binocular magnifiers, a collection of rocks and minerals, a collection of fossils, a device that determines the rocks compressive strength, a geological pick, geological compasses and geologic hazard maps and films and offers the students the opportunity to recognise both in the lab and on field, the superficial formations and the modelling in various types of rocks. For pedology area, the laboratory is equipped with pedogeographical maps, soil macro, medium and micromonoliths, the necessary devices to determine the physical and chemical properties of the different types of soils, an instrument for the measurement of soil PH, temperature, humidity and overheating and granulometric analysis equipment. Moreover, this subject includes more field trips for the pedological assessment of the grounds. Research will be conducted under the guidance of the teaching staff, for we’re dealing with a highly-complex area. Such field trips, very much appreciated by the students, help them build the main skills and competencies necessary to become specialists in pedogeographical research.        

Human Geography and Tourism Laboratory has numerous reference materials, statistical yearbooks, mapping and tourism-related promotional materials, useful during seminar.  

The Internet is of a real use to obtain statistical information at the international level, the latest information on the development of tourism activities and video materials, helpful in understanding all the social and economic phenomena and processes analysed during lectures.

Human Geography Laboratory makes available many reference and mapping materials which complete the material resources useful during seminars in human geography, especially tourism geography field. Internet connection proves to be extremely helpful once again, for all seminar activities require the access of the virtual environment.      

The faculty hosts a series of specialty collections as the collection of topographic, geologic and soil maps, minerals and rocks collection, fossil collection, macromonoliths and micromonoliths collection.  

The research work related to the Geography FT and DL undergraduate programme of studies, conducted by the Centre of Geographic, Environmental and Tourism Studies and Research is directly coordinated by the Central Research Institute (ICCS) of “Spiru Haret” University.

A special attention is paid to the annual or short-term practicum. Therefore, we organise field trips to Prahova Valley area, Portile de Fier storage basin area, the Apuseni Mountains, Harghita Mountains, Macin Mountains, Bucegi Mountains, Buzau Sub Carpathians Mountains, the Romanian seaside or to different routes in the country, as well as field trips abroad (Bulgaria, Greece, Austria and the like).

The Geography library lies in the same building and it is equipped with a 100 sqm reading room and a storage space. We also provide a virtual library and a dynamic and interactive platform (Blackboard e-Learning Platform) which facilitates the student – teaching staff communication. 

The book supply covers 16100 volumes, of which 12092 books and 2448 periodicals written in Romanian and 1560 books written in foreign languages. This results in 9289 titles, of which 8232 in Romanian, 915 in foreign languages and 142 periodical titles.

The teaching staff and the students are engaged in various research activities and participate in numerous mobility programmes as Erasmus+.