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SDG 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Tracking Report on Specific Indicators for 2020/2021

Research

  • Centre for Environmental Research and Impact Studies, Faculty of Geography
  • Centre for Geodemographic Research and Territorial Analysis, Faculty of Geography
  • Research Centre for Regional Analysis in Tourism, Environment, and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geography
  • A complex multidisciplinary platform for integrative and systematic research on identities and tangible and non-tangible cultural heritage in Romania, Faculty of Physics
  • Developing novel collaborative planning approaches to increase cities’ sustainability, Faculty of Geography
  • Evaluating the role of nature-based innovations for healthy cities, Faculty of Geography

Support of arts and heritage

  • The access to the premises of the University of Bucharest is allowed to those who are not part of the university community, provided they comply with the regulations (art. 32 of the UB Charter). Thus, buildings and spaces that function as museums, gardens, and parks can be visited according to the schedule published. Also, several of the locations of the university include virtual tours and exhibitions.
  • The University of Bucharest provides public access to libraries including books and publications.
  • The “Carol I” Central University Library is a complex organisational structure, consisting of the Head Office, the “I.C. Petrescu” Pedagogical Section and 16 subsidiary libraries located in the University of Bucharest. All categories of users, including those from outside the university community, have access to the Central Headquarters based on an access permit. For people from outside the academic community, the cost of this pass is about 1 euro/month.
  • We would also like to mention that virtual libraries have been developed within the University of Bucharest, which offer free access to available materials to all those interested. In this regard, we mention Unibuc CLASSICA or the E-books virtual library which offers bibliographic resources in 6 fields: exact sciences, life and earth sciences, humanities, theology, social and political sciences, legal sciences.
  • Another remarkable initiative aimed at providing free access to resources is the Digital Archive of the Museum of the University of Bucharest (DAMUB): it makes available to the public unpublished documents in digital format from the heritage of the Museum of the University of Bucharest. DAMUB has both an online and an offline component. There are thus 7 collections of documents and photographs available, arranged chronologically and access is free of charge.
  • The University of Bucharest provides public access to museums, exhibition spaces and galleries.
  • The museum’s heritage, presented in a recently modernised form, reconstructs a history that goes back in time to the time of the foundation of the Domnești Academy in Bucharest by the ruler Constantin Brâncoveanu, an institution that became an important Centre of education and culture for the South-Eastern European area. There is no charge for visiting the museum and the visiting programme is available here. On the occasion of the European Night of Museums 2021 (June), the Museum of the University of Bucharest opened the exhibition How was it then? Visual testimonies about the University Square Phenomenon collected by Nic Hanu, which aimed to bring to the attention of the general public unpublished photographs from the period of the University Square Phenomenon (April-June 1990).
  • In 2020, 30 years after the University Square Phenomenon, the academic community of the University of Bucharest, together with its partners, launched the University Square project – a memory exercise dedicated to the largest anti-communist movement in Eastern Europe since the fall of the Iron Curtain. As part of the project, the Museum of the University of Bucharest organised the digital exhibition 30 years of the University Square Phenomenon (1990-2020). On the same occasion, the UB Rectors’ Gallery was inaugurated, which includes 36 drawings in sanguine on background paper, size 60 x 49 cm, made by Daniela Chirion, a plastic artist, and which can be admired by those interested on the dedicated website. More information about the project is available here.
  • There is also a virtual tour of the Museum available that allows viewing the exhibition space composed of the permanent exhibition and the temporary exhibition entitled “50 years of Museum and University in Bucharest”.
  • The Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest also offers the general public access to the Botanical Museum and to virtual exhibitions such as Emotions in Images. On 4 June 2021, on the occasion of the event “Rendez-vous aux jardins“, dedicated to European botanical gardens, access to the UB Botanical Garden “Dimitrie Brândză” was free for all nature lovers.
  • The University of Bucharest provides public access to open spaces and green spaces.
  • The “Dimitrie Brândză” Botanical Garden of the University of Bucharest offers access to its outdoor spaces, the Botanical Museum and the Exhibition Greenhouses + Tropical Forest Pavilion to all those interested. Access for UB students and employees is free, while pensioners, pupils and students benefit from reduced tickets. More information about the UB Botanical Garden is available here.
  • The UNESCO International Geopark Tara Hațegului of the University of Bucharest offers free access to all the visiting points: the exhibition Balauri, Dragoni, Dinozauri (Hațeg Town); the Science and Art Center (General Berthelot Village); the House of Volcanoes (Densuș Village); the House of Dwarf Dinosaurs and the House of Traditions (Sîntămăria Orlea Commune, Sînpetru Village); the House of Miniatures (Totești Village), programme available here. In the academic year 2020-2021, the UNESCO International Geopark Tara Hațegului was awarded the prize for sustainable development in the Equity category at the Sustainable Development Gala, organised by the Department for Sustainable Development of the Romanian Government.
  • The University of Bucharest contributes to local arts, in various forms.
  • From 19 to 25 July 2021, the University House Garden, an urban oasis in the heart of Bucharest, hosted the UNTEATRU Days Festival, which inaugurated the Unteatru Open-Air summer season. The event, organised in partnership with the University of Bucharest, marked the 11th anniversary of Unteatru with a wide-ranging programme dedicated to spectators of all ages, who were invited to discover the latest Unteatru productions, world premieres, acoustic and unplugged concerts, film screenings and children’s activities over 7 days.
  • In July 2021 the Botanical Garden “Dimitrie Brândză” of the University of Bucharest hosted the summer edition of Weekend Sessions – evenings with poetry, classical, alternative, jazz in the grass and picnic sessions. Members of the UB university community had free access.
  • The University of Bucharest together with the members of the academic community support and implement projects to record and preserve intangible cultural heritage as illustrated in the following examples.
  • Between June and October 2020 the University of Bucharest, through the ICUB Research Institute, implemented in partnership with the “Șezătoarea Urbană” Association, the project Please, Touch the Intangible Cultural Heritage, co-financed by the National Cultural Fund Administration. The main objective of the project is to set up a digital communication structure called “Network of specialists in the fields of intangible cultural heritage in Romania and the Republic of Moldova”. More details about the project are available here.
  • Also at the ICUB institute was developed the ArchaeoSciences Platform with the aim of facilitating the complex, interdisciplinary and integrative approach of the archaeological cultural heritage, by means of conducting research and training in archaeological sciences and material immaterial cultural heritage (mobile and immobile) fields.
  • From 27 January to 12 March 2021, the University of Bucharest, through its representatives Prof. Daniela Dumbrăveanu and Anca Tudoricu, teaching staff of the Faculty of Geography, participated together with the Universitur Association in the initial training phase of the European strategic partnership “LUDAMUS! Promoting cultural heritage through edutainment experiences”. The UB team was involved in the Cronica Universitur initiative and kicked off the training phase with two sessions on European and international cultural heritage and heritage interpretation, tailored to the project’s purpose. More details about the project “LUDAMUS! Promoting cultural heritage through edutainment experiences” can be found here. Further details on the Universitur Chronicle are available here.
  • In the same direction of preserving intangible cultural heritage we mention one of the projects of the Țara Hațegului Dinosaurs Geopark of the University of Bucharest. It is the project “Places with stories in the Dinosaurs Valley, in the Țara Hațegului Dinosaurs Geopark” which was initiated precisely because of “the need to enhance the value of elements of intangible cultural heritage belonging to the communities in the Geopark territory“. Further details about the project and its activities are available here.
  • Another initiative to record and preserve the heritage of the local community was carried out by the Museum of the University through the project “Urban exploration and university heritage in Cotroceni“.

Sustainable practices

  • According to Article 205, paragraph 2 of the National Education Law no. 1/2011 “students enrolled in full-time education at accredited higher education institutions, aged up to 26 years, benefit from a 50% discount on local public transport, internal car transport, metro, as well as internal rail transport on all categories of trains, class II and naval, throughout the calendar year. Students who are orphans or from children’s homes receive free travel in these categories”. Students of the University of Bucharest can benefit, on request, from full metropolitan transport reimbursement.
  • UB employees who commute between the faculties and the rectorate are refunded the tickets.
  • Bicycle parking facilities have been set up at the University of Bucharest to encourage students and staff to use this means of transport.
  • The epidemiological situation in 2020 led to a number of decisions to protect employees in that context, including working from home or telecommuting. Decisions taken in that context have had benefits both for the university community, other than direct benefits (reduced maintenance costs), and for the wider community, such as reduced carbon emissions, which contribute to a more sustainable community. Given the wide-ranging benefits of telework, in early 2022 the work was regulated by a resolution of the Executive Board of the Administrative Council.
  • UB teaching staff receive a 50% discount on the night rate/room in the Gaudeamus Guest House. Upon request, in exceptional situations and depending on availability, employees can also receive accommodation in student dormitories.
  • The University of Bucharest affordable housing for students.
  • Students are provided with approximately 5300 accommodation places in 18 dormitories. This number covers almost 80% of the required places. Accommodation in student hostels is based on the principle of previous academic performance but 15% of the places are awarded on social or medical criterias.
  • For the academic year 2020/2021, the accommodation fees for budget students varied between 130 lei-160 lei (26-32 EUR). According to art. 25 of the Methodology for accommodation in UB dormitories, students, children of teachers or auxiliary teaching staff, students from children’s homes or foster care, students with serious and severe disabilities and their companions, as well as students orphaned by one or both parents, benefit from free accommodation during the academic year, except during holidays, until they reach the age of 35.
  • UB students benefit from a 50% discount on the accommodation/night rate in the Gaudeamus Guest House. Similarly, foreign UB scholarship students, UB collaborators, UB scholarship holders and participants in actions organised by UB student associations benefit from reduced rates for accommodation at the Academic Guest House.
  • The University of Bucharest administers a number of different spaces, some of which are designed exclusively for pedestrians. Here we mention the spaces in the Botanical Garden “Dimitrie Brandza”, in the UNESCO International Geopark “Țara Hațegului”, as well as the garden of the Faculty of Law or the spaces in the campus of the Rectorate.
  • The scientific interests and research projects carried out by the Centre for Geodemographic Research and Spatial Analysis (CCGAT) cover topics relevant to local communities or the general public. The research activities carried out within the Centre include topics such as:

               – Railway transport and the industrial evolution of Bucharest;
               – Land use: a vital element of the quality of life in the Bucharest-Ilfov metropolitan area;

  • Urban restructuring – deindustrialization, tertiarization, creative industries, capitalization and reuse of cultural heritage.
  • The design of the new buildings, as well as the refurbishments carried out, take into account sustainable construction and refurbishment standards. These aspects are monitored by the UB’s Technical Directorate, under which the Energy Efficiency Office has been created.
  • Over the years, the University of Bucharest has valorized disused spaces either by constructing new buildings (e.g. the Gaudeamus hotel built on the site of the former university printing house) or by arranging relaxation areas for the academic community. As many of the buildings of the University of Bucharest are historical monuments, permanent consideration is given to their preservation and enhancement for future generations.

Marc, 21 – International Forest Day
March, 22– International Water Day
April, 22 – International Earth Day
May, 10 – Birds and Trees International Day
May, 15 – International Day of Climate Action
May, 22 – International Biodiversity Day
June, 5 – World Environment Day
June, 8 – World Oceans Day
June, 21 – World Sun Day
September, 23 – World Cleanliness Day
October, 1 – World Habitat Day
October, 31 – International Black Sea Day
December, 5 – International Soil Day
December, 11 – International Mountain Day

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