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Prof. Dr. Romulus Brancoveanu (Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest)

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Professor Romulus Brâncoveanu gained his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Bucharest (1982), where he later acquired a doctorate in Philosophy (1996). Since 2008, he has been professor at the Faculty of Philosophy.

Between 1998 and 2008 Brâncoveanu worked as lecturer and associate professor at the Faculty of Philosophy; between 2002 and 2008 he served as Deputy Dean of this institution. In all these positions, he was active in developing the management of education and research.
He has published extensively on topics related to democracy, governance and education, with a particular focus on public reason and the epistemology of social sciences.

Professor Brâncoveanu is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Director of the research Centre for the Study of Rationality and Beliefs, and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Public Reason.

Message from the Dean

This year the University of Bucharest celebrates 150 years. The Faculty of Philosophy is one of its founders and has been one of its most prestigious components over the years.

At the moment our faculty has about 700 students enrolled in BA, MA and PhD Study Programs. Philosophy equips with the fundamentals for their careers in University, Research Centers, High School - for those interested in teaching in national and European public institutions, media corporations, and even in banks.

Studying Philosophy as a background for different subjects, as cultural diplomacy, provides our graduate students with competitive advantages in the job market, characterized at the moment by changes, restrictions and volatility of jobs.

What Philosophy and Cultural Diplomacy have in common is the study of our shared values; those values that shape our identities. Philosophy works with ideas and values, and cultural diplomacy works with ideas and values too, but it is a type of soft power with more practical goals. The understanding of a nation identity is crucial for Cultural Diplomacy. This identity is itself built on values.

By combining the two perspectives I strongly believe that philosophy and Cultural Diplomacy create together an innovative field of research and intellectual territory, which must be explored to the benefit of cultural diversity and peace.

Prof. Romulus Brâncoveanu,
Dean, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest

Bucharest; October 15th, 2013