Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania (UAIC) - ROMANIA (P1)
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi (UAIC) is the oldest and one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Romania. Since 1860 UAIC has been carrying on a tradition of excellence and innovation in the fields of education and research. With over 24.000 students and 800 academic staff, the university enjoys high prestige at national and international level and cooperates with 286 universities world-wide.The project is implemented by the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi and managed by the Centre for European Studies (CES), with a solid expertise on the EU’s eastern neighbourhood and EU’s cross-border cooperation. CES is an interdisciplinary department within UAIC which focuses on developing new academic and research programmes mainly in the field of European Studies, and particularly with regards to the eastern neighbourhood area. CES-UAIC is a member of the National Network of Centres of European Studies, Europe Direct, Jean Monnet Network, The Network of Communicators REGIO North-East, North-East Innovation Network, Tuning Educational Structures in Europe, Team Europe, UACES, RSA, and Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) and since 2009, CES has become Centre of Excellence Jean Monnet in European Studies.
Gabriela Carmen PASCARIU has had more than 20 years of teaching and research experience in the field; she is the Jean Monet Ad Personam Chair holder and the Director of the CES-UAIC; she participated in 30 international and national projects (including 11 Jean Monnet actions as coordinator or member); she has a high level of expertise in international cooperation at European level and in the cooperation with EU’s Eastern neighbourhood countries (networks and cross border cooperation); she has expertise in the organization of international, national and local events. She developed 3 master curricula and more that 10 training programs in the area of European Studies; she is a Team Europe expert, coordinate and participate in scientific boards of international journals, is member in national and international associations in the field of European studies. She is evaluator expert at national and international level (national research programs, AUF) and she is member of the National Council for the Recognition of the Academic Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Role in the project: coordinator (she will ensure the functionality of the network, the implementation of the project’s activities according to the working plan and to the assumed objectives, she will be in charge of the management process with the network board, liaising with partners, coordinate the reports, the evaluation phase and the follow-up plan after completing the project).
Teodor Lucian MOGA is assistant professor in the foreign affairs & security issues at CES and former post-doc researcher at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland (topic: Geopolitics of the post-Soviet Eastern Europe). He was a holder of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship. He had previously pursued a PhD in Economics and International Relations at UAIC and a MA in Political Science at the University of Manchester, UK. His main academic fields of interest are EU foreign and security policy, European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. He pursued relevant research and teaching stints at the European Commission, the British Embassy Bucharest, European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris, George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies and Romanian Academy of Science. He has strong expertise in the EaP region (teaching, organizing events and designing research projects). Role in the project: he will participate as young academic in the teaching and research activities; he will be responsible for the management of the events, for the monitoring of specific activities, dissemination, and for the submission of reports on outcomes; he will coordinate teaching activities.
Loredana SIMIONOV is a PhD, Researcher at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. She has a PhD in Economics and International Relations, having as main academic areas of interest the relations between the EU and Russia, the European Neighbourhood Policy, EU Foreign Affairs, as well as the economic integration process of the EU. Although she is at the debut of her academic career, Ms Simionov has been involved within the Centre’s activities since 2011, when she was a PhD student. She has also wide expertise in EU project management, as in 2012-2013 she has been the manager of the project Cross Border Business Cooperation Network RO-UA-MD, coordinating the joint activities of Synergy Association Romania, Moldova State University, as well as Odessa National Economic University. Moreover, she has outstanding research results and has participated in a variety of courses and trainings in order to complement her expertise and education: EU and emerging economies at the Summer School in Gottingen, Germany (2010), Masters in European Studies within Erasmus Mobility at Aarhus University in Denmark (2010-2011), as well as Promoting Democracy through Education in Central and Eastern Europe at Wien Neuwaldegg Institute, in Vienna, Austria (2009).Role in the project: she will participate as young academic in teaching and research activities; she will be responsible for the management of the events, for the monitoring of specific activities, dissemination, and for the submission of reports on outcomes; she will coordinate event activities.
Liviu MAHA is a 16-year experience Professor PhD, teaches disciplines related to Economic Integration, Economics and International Economics at various undergraduate and master programs, collaborates with CES carrying out teaching and research activities in European Studies. His research areas are related to economic integration, structural and cohesion funds, international economics and business, European business environment, Euro-marketing etc. He coordinates as the head of the specialized department at the University level all the activities related to the distance learning and e-learning programs, his professional background including teaching experience using the online learning platforms and also administrative and management responsibilities in this domain.Role in the project: he will coordinate the on-line teaching activities and be responsible for the instruction of the trainers in the use of e-learning tools; he will be involved in teaching and research activities, in association with other staff members, and will participate in different scientific events; he is the quality supervisor of ENACTED (administrative and financial aspects).
Ramona ŢIGĂNAŞU is Researcher PhD, coordinator of the Centre for European Studies (CES) Research Department. During the experience at CES, she has been involved in over 15 national and European research projects, and has published more than 65 papers in the field of Regional Development in the EU and Institutional Economics (For details, please see Part H). Throughout her academic activity she was member in the organisation of over 30 national and international scientific events (conferences, workshops, round tables etc). She has 11 years of experience in teaching and research in the economic aspects of the European integration process. Within the project she will play the role of Chair holder, academic professor and coordinator of all teaching and research activities. She will teach courses in association with the others professors, she will monitor all specific activities and she will be responsible for the submission of reports on outcomes. Role in the project: she will be involved in teaching and research activities, in association with the others staff members, and she will participate in different scientific events.
Bogdan-Constantin IBANESCU is a researcher at Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University from Iasi. He has a PhD in Human Geography obtained in 2012 at Bordeaux Montaigne University with a thesis on rural tourism in peripheral areas. His main research areas are geography of tourism, spatial analysis and European peripheries. He has a 5 years teaching experience in universities from Romania, Morocco and France on topics related to geography of tourism, spatial analysis, project management, peripheral spaces. He benefited from a postdoctoral fellowship in Morocco during 6 months (2013) on tourism potential of peripheral areas and from a postdoctoral. He participated in several research projects and abroad courses and trainings: student fellowship (France, 2007), master fellowship (France, 2008-2009), summer school (Canada, 2012). Beside its academic experience, he has a 2 years experience as a research associate of International Geostrategic Maritime Observatory (IGMO), a French think-tank.Role in the project: he will participate as young academic in teaching and research activities; he will be responsible for the participation of the events, for the monitoring of specific activities, dissemination, and for the submission of reports on outcomes; he will coordinate deliverable activities and will be responsible for implementing E2.
Cristian INCALTARAU, PhD, is currently working as a researcher at the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies (CES) within Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. Economist by profession, his main research interest is related to the bilateral influence between labour mobility and development (internal/international migration and the impact in the origin region/country, economics of remittances, migration transition). Furthermore, during last years, he has specialised in econometrics, mainly in time series analysis. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy from Iasi, he is also preoccupied by methods used in health economics. Between October and February 2012 he gained a research internship on the topic of labour migration from Romania - economic consequences within Institute for International Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business. Since 2009 he has become the executive editor of CES Working Papers, edited by CES. In the project, he will be involved in both teaching and research activities. Role in the project: he will participate as young academic in teaching and research activities.
Alina Mirabela GENTIMIR is a 16-year experience Lecturer PhD, teaches disciplines related to Human Rights Protection to European and International level at various undergraduate and master programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Law, title acquired in 2005, her doctoral studies, as well as the Bachelor's and the postgraduate degrees being obtained at the "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iasi. As well, in 2006 she graduated a Master programme specialised in Human Rights at Institute des Hautes Etudes Europeennes in Strasbourg, France. Relevant are, also, her specializations at prestigious European institutes and universities, internships at international courts (European Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Court). Her research areas of interest target, mainly, European Union, Council of Europe, United Nations Organization human rights legal framework as well as National, European and International Criminal Justice etc., the disciplines taught being a prove of these scientific expertise. The results of her research activity consist of publishing studies and articles in specialized books and journals, writing books, initiating, participating in national and international research projects and other scientifically activities etc.
Ion MUȘCHEI is PhD student in Economics and International Affairs, having as a major topic Moldova and European Union relations. He has a MA at Centre for European Studies, UAIC. During his studies Ion attended many international conferences, debates and forums dealing with ENP/EaP issues. In 2016 Ion was a member of the organising team of the international conference EURINT 2016 “The Eastern Partnership under strain-time for a rethink?”. Apart from his PhD, Ion is involved in extra-curricular activities being keen on the development of his community. He attended more than ten Erasmus+ Projects in different countries, being interested to contribute to community development. His field of interests are EU foreign affairs, EU Diplomacy, Europeanisation in R. Moldova etc.
Alina PLOAE is an associate trainer at CSE. She has a PhD in Economics, having as main academic areas of interest the economic dimension of the ENP. Alina has been involved within the Centre’s activities since 2013. She has also wide expertise in EU funds management. Between August 2006 and September 2011 she gained experience in ENPI programmes management as Contracting Officer for Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013. In 2012 she coordinated the Unit for Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013 Projects Monitoring, performing the pre-contracting phase for the projects funded from ERDF. She also was nominated Head of Unit within the Unit for ERDF and IPA Expenditure Verification, General Directorate for First Level Control, where she performed first level control for ERDF and IPA Expenditure of the Romanian partners involved in the following programmes: INTERREG IVC, URBACT II, ESPON 2013, Southeast Europe, and Central Europe. Starting with 2013 she is being involved in IPA funds management. Alina participated in a variety of INTERACT trainings abroad, and also as a trainer in a TAIEX workshop. Role in the project: she will participate as young academic in teaching and research activities.
Sorin MAZILU is a Ph.D., currently working as a researcher at Centre for European Studies (CES), within Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. His main interest areas rely on Creativity, Creative industries and Culture-based Development. Along research activities, he is involved in educational activities and national and international projects which aim for sustainable development, by harnessing human capital, cultural resources and creativity.Role in the project: he will participate as young academic in teaching and research activities.
Ciprian ALUPULUI is the coordinator of the European Documentation Centre. He is involved in several research programs (Jean Monnet, ESPON) and his interests comprise local and regional development and cross-border cooperation policy. He was part of the team responsible for implementing several projects, including a cross-border project between Romania, Moldova and Ukraine, meant to increase the academic and research level at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova and the Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, Ukraine. In the last five years he was involved in organising of more than 20 major events in the European Studies field (international conferences, workshops, student competitions) and he was also part of the management team for several JM programmes implemented at the CES. He is the quality control manager and financial administrator at CES-UAIC. Role in the project: Ciprian has broad technical expertise and dissemination skills; he will be responsible for dissemination information on our activities/events; he will be communication and dissemination activity supervisor.
Daniel MEREUTA has relevant experience in project administration and financial procedures being involved in more that 8 international projects (with a total budget of aprox 2.5 milion euros). He was responsible for both technical and financial reports within those projects and maintained close communication with project officers to ensure the compliance with programs regulations.Role in the project: he will be responsable for the tehnical administrative issues of the project.