The University of Bucharest has reached a partnership agreement with the physics research-development institutes on the Măgurele Platform, which constitute the largest and most modern scientific centre in Romania in the fields of physics and related domains. An agreement was signed on Wednesday, the 17th of January 2018, by the boards of the University of Bucharest, of the Faculty of Physics and of the “Horia Hulubei” National Research and Development Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, of the National Research and Development Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, of the National Research and Development Institute for the Physics of Materials, of the Research and Development Institute for the Physics of the Earth and of the Research and Development Institute in Optoelectronics. The agreement makes it possible for inter-institutional collaboration for the research in the fields of physics to be much tighter.
Therefore, professors and Ph.D. students of the Doctoral School of Physics within the University of Bucharest will have access to the research infrastructure at Măgurele, thus setting up the premises of a performant research ecosystem.
Moreover, the spokespersons of the research and development institutes will be able to participate in decisional processes within the Doctoral School of Physics.
“It is important from a political decision point of view to assert and to re-assert the fact that education and research have to be convergent, and even if the governmental and administrative structures are separated, I believe it is very important to see that the philosophy is one and the same. One cannot have education on an MA and Ph.D. if there are no research programmes. This is a historical moment for both the University of Bucharest and for the community of physicists, because through this collaboration, we open the path to superior level knowledge,” stated Mircea Dumitru, rector of the University of Bucharest.
National research and development institutes, partners of the University of Bucharest, are specialised in physics and nuclear engineering, in the physics of lasers, plasma and radiation, in the physics of materials, in the physics of the Earth and in optoelectronics, so that the formation of future physicists is done in several directions.
In turn, academician Nicolae Victor Zamfir, General Director of the “Horia Hulubei” National Research and Development Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering talked about the performance in research at the University of Bucharest: “We have to – and I am sure we do – show and prove that the University of Bucharest will have one of the most powerful doctoral schools in the Romanian space and in the European Union, and that it can rival with any university in the United States of America when it comes to laboratories.”
The common challenge of the partnering institutions is to grow the competitivity of higher education and of Romanian research on both a national level as well as in the global scene of science.