University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest

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University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest
Universitatea de Științe Agronomice și Medicină Veterinară din București
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Logo of the University
Other name
USAMVB
Former names
Pantelimon Agricultural Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine, Central School of Agriculture and Forestry, Agronomic Institute of Bucharest
MottoEx Terra Aurum
TypePublic
Established1852
RectorSorin Mihai Câmpeanu
Academic staff
629
Students11,941
Undergraduates9,829
Postgraduates1,901
458
LocationBucharest, Romania
Websitewww.usamv.ro

The University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (Romanian: Universitatea de Ştiinţe Agronomice şi Medicină Veterinară din Bucuresți) is the oldest and largest institution of higher agronomic sciences and veterinary education in Romania, founded in 1852. With around 12,000 students, the university offers 32 undergraduate programmes and 33 master programmes; all are available in Romanian, 6 in English and 1 in French. Furthermore, there are also two doctoral schools specialised in five fields: Agronomy, Animal Science, Biotechnologies, Horticulture, and Veterinary Medicine.

Campus[edit]

The university has two campuses located in Bucharest, Romania. The Herăstrău campus, which is the main campus, was established in 1868, and is spread over an area of 38 hectares. It is located north of the city centre, adjacent to Herăstrău Park (now known as King Michael I Park), Bucharest's largest park. The main campus hosts six of the seven faculties and several of the university's facilities (such as research buildings, student residences, a botanical garden and experimental fields).

Since 1887, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is located at the Cotroceni campus in the centre of Bucharest, along the Dâmbovița River. This campus has an area of 5.5 hectares, and besides the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and its related facilities, it also hosts student residences and a veterinary clinic (which is open to the general public).


History[edit]

Its origin lies in a document signed in 1852 by Barbu Dimitrie Ştirbei, Ruler of Wallachia (1849–1856), who founded the Institute of Agriculture in Pantelimon, near Bucharest. The Institute started its activity in 1853, being joined a few years later in 1861 by the School of Veterinary Medicine. The agronomic and veterinary education evolved towards more developed forms, interrelated to the increasing need of specialists in plant and animal breeding, with the development of specialised sciences and knowledge.

In 1867, when the curricula expanded to include forestry sciences, the university became the Central School of Agriculture and Forestry. The first experimental didactic farm in Romania was established within this institution. On the 1st of August 1868, King Carol I laid the foundation stone of the new campus on the Herăstrău Estate in Bucharest, and in 1869, teachers and students started their activity there. In 1887, the first agricultural research institution in Romania, named the Bucharest Agronomic Station, was established within the university and experimental land plots were established on the Herăstrău lake shore.

The first part of the 20th century saw many changes to the structure of the university. In 1915, it was renamed as the Higher School of Agriculture, and in 1921, the School of Veterinary Medicine became a faculty of the University of Bucharest. During the following years, the agronomic education developed further under several names: Higher School of Agriculture from Herăstrău (1915), Academy of Higher Agronomic Studies (1929), Faculty of Agronomy – merged within the Bucharest Polytechnic School (1938), and the Agronomic Institute of Bucharest (1948). In 1948, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine returned to the Agronomic Institute of Bucharest, once again becoming part of the university.

In 1992, the name changed to the University of Agronomic Sciences, and in 1996 it became the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest.

The University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest has adopted the Bologna Process and European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The University currently offers programs in Romanian, English and French in all the three cycle: cycle 1 (bachelor's degree), cycle 2 (master's degree) and cycle 3 (doctorate).

Faculties[edit]

The university has seven faculties:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (EAEVE Accredited)
  • Faculty of Horticulture
  • Faculty of Animal Productions Engineering and Management
  • Faculty of Land Reclamation and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty of Biotechnologies
  • Faculty of Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and Rural Development

International Membership[edit]

The University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest has 52 ERASMUS agreements and 29 international framework agreements. It is a member in the following international associations:

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 44°28′18.14″N 26°4′13.61″E / 44.4717056°N 26.0704472°E / 44.4717056; 26.0704472