Sidebar Menu

PrezentareVenueStudent AccommodationStaffAplicatieGrupe de studiuOrarSyllabusConferenceRevista Romana de Studii Baltice si Nordice 6 (1)ExhibitionComunicate de presaPhotoGallery

Wise Words

 The most important thing that schools can do is to make people aware that understanding the world is very much part of the requirement of being an educated person. There should be some shame attached to not being more aware of the world, not having some mastery of foreign language.

Fareed Zakaria, Editor, Newsweek

A piece of culture, a culture of peace (CoolPeace)


Targoviste, 1-16 August 2014
The Romanian summer school for Nordic and Baltic studies entitled “A piece of culture, a culture of peace” is an educational programme organized by Valahia University of Targoviste in partnership with the University of Agder, the University of Oslo, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), the Embassy of Lithuania in Romania, Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania and the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies. Its objectives aim to develop teaching modules in areas with a strong interdisciplinary component and contribute to strengthening the cooperation at the level of higher education sector between Romania and Norway. The programme will offer modules of continuing education necessary in order to make a closer connection between the academic offer and the labour market and represents an investment for future regarding the Romanian society in general. The aim of the summer school is to address the common values which Romania, Norway, and the Baltic Sea rim countries have identified with: culture and peace. We look at culture in a broad sense and assume that it includes besides literature, visual art, architecture etc. such values which stand at the core of human strive for a better life, and peace is definitely one such essential creed. Education is a key tool in creating such a culture of peace and contributing to building peace in the minds of the people, accepting diversity and avoiding polarization, hatred and demonization of the other. Thus, the summer school will try to promote the Scandinavian, Finnic and Baltic cultures and languages in Romania, while focusing at the same time on the culture of peace as seen from the Norwegian perspective. The transfer of Norwegian expertise and the comparative discussions of Scandinavian, Baltic and Romanian approaches to the culture of non-violence will create a foreground for fertile discussions, debates, and thus will in the end mature in the minds of the participants to the summer school. Moreover, promoting the Scandinavian, Finnic and Baltic languages in Romania will constitute an advantage for the members of the target group and may facilitate employment and a better wage in Romania within the Nordic companies headquartered here. Not only does this summer school intend to generate interest and discussions about the importance of culture and historical background in defining a nation by taking the example of Norway, but it will also facilitate the dialogue and long-term cooperation between the representatives of the partner institutions. The target group of the summer school is 50 university students on a bachelor’s level at the moment of the selection recruited from the Romanian universities. The candidates will be selected based on the score received on the applications submitted to a platform developed by Valahia University of Targoviste to be found at the address The programme includes activities divided into two modules: one on Scandinavian, Finnic and Baltic languages (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, Finnish, Estonian, Meänkieli, Latvian and Lithuanian), and the other one on culture, history, geography, law, economy courses related to the North. It also includes workshops both for the students and the Romanian staff with a stress on the exchange of good practices and transfer of expertise with the Norwegian partners. Thus the learning outcomes refer to the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competences in the field of Nordic and Baltic studies in the case of the students, but also the acquisition of new methods of teaching, innovative in Romania in the case of the Romanian staff due to the transfer of expertise with the Norwegian partners present within the programme. The course modules, the seminars, workshops, debates and visits will contribute to the opening of cultural horizons, to making young people aware of the linguistic diversity, and to understanding the interaction, but also the differences between Romanians and the Nordic peoples. The courses will change from one year to the other so that after three years we expect to have a first generation of specialists in the field of Nordic and Baltic studies (historians, journalists, translators, cultural managers, persons involved in the development of closer relationships between Romania and the Nordic states). We also expect that the members of the target group spread the new knowledge acquired through direct contact with other beneficiaries and that they consolidate this knowledge. These expectations are also shared by our partners. Among the expected outputs we may mention a good practice guide to prove the transfer of expertise between staff members, the publishing of course syllabi and of the proceedings of the international conference “A piece of culture, a culture of peace”, to which the students are also allowed to participate, as well as a student blog of culture and civilization based on the acquired knowledge, including job offers in the field. A student may follow this educational programme throughout three summer schools as long as he/she continues to be affiliated to a Romanian university, and will get at the end as a recognition a non-degree certificate issued by the Valahia University of Targoviste with the transcription of all the courses and number of academic hours attended.
The Project website is

Topics: Humanities and Arts
A. Scandinavian, Finnic and Baltic languages, level A1 and A2: Norwegian (Dr. Crina Leon, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi & ARSBN), Danish (Dana Cozma, “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca & ARSBN), Swedish (Roxana-Andreea Dragu, University of Bucharest & ARSBN), Finnish (Adél Furu, “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca & ARSBN), Estonian (Mihaela Moagher, University of Tartu & ARSBN), Latvian (Indra Lapinska, Latvian Language Agency), Lithuanian (Jurate Derukaite, Klaipeda University), Icelandic (Dr. Carmen Vioreanu, University of Bucharest & ARSBN); Meänkieli (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Eniko Molnár Bodrogi, “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca & ARSBN)
B. Culture and civilization courses:
     Year I: The Norwegian Constitution at 200 years: Part I - What happened in 1814. Part II - What are the modern Norwegian constitutional challenges with the EEA Agreement, the European Convention on Human Rights and traditional constitutional protection (Ola Mestad, University of Oslo, Norway). A Norwegian business game and the current state of the Norwegian economy (Arne Dag Sti, University of Agder, Norway); The Vikings (Costel Coroban, Ovidius University of Constanta & ARSBN); Henrik Ibsen – contemporary perspectives (Dr. Crina Leon, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi & ARSBN); Scandinavian and Romanian contributions to peace during the twentieth century (Prof. Dr. Silviu Miloiu, Valahia University of Targoviste); Romania and the Scandinavian states: the security challenges during the Cold War (Assist. Dr. Cezar Stanciu, Valahia University of Targoviste); Challenges of diversity: The minority policies in Romania and the Nordic area from World War II to present times (Dr. Bogdan-Alexandru Schipor, “A. D. Xenopol” Institute of the Romanian Academy & ARSBN and Dr. Magdalena Ionescu, Valahia University of Targoviste & ARSBN); The Finnish culture during the twentieth century (Dr. Elena Dragomir, & ARSBN); Scandinavia - Nature, Man, Economy (Lect. Dr. Daniela Larion, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi & ARSBN); Norway as a tourist destination for Romanian travellers during the interwar period (Dr. Ana-Maria Despa, Valahia University of Targoviste & ARSBN); Year II: Selected themes from Norwegian literature, language and culture (Jahn Holljen Thon, Gro-Renée Rambo and Svein Slettan, University of Agder, Norway); Nordic film (Jan Erik Holst, Norwegian Film Institute, Norway & ARSBN); The Nordic Model: an example of good practices (Dr. Elena Dragomir, ARSBN); Cultural traditions of building peace - forming conflict resolution skills and non-violent communication attitudes for youth. Inheritance of youth's own cultures towards the creation of world-wide heritages (Kai F. Brand-Jacobsen, Andra Tanase, The Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania); The Brand of talent and value. The Nobel Prize in Nordic Literatures (Lect. Dr. Camelia Dinu, University of Bucharest & ARSBN); Nordic Europe between conflict and diplomacy in the first half of the Twentieth century (Dr. Bogdan-Alexandru Schipor, “A. D. Xenopol” Institute of the Romanian Academy & ARSBN); The Swedish mentality (Lecturer Dr. Björn Apelkvist, University of Bucharest & ARSBN); The Baltic States, collective security and the search for peace during the interwar period (Prof. Dr. Silviu Miloiu, Valahia University of Targoviste); Relations between the Nordic countries and the Romanian area in the 17th-19th centuries. Case study: travel writings (Dr. Mihaela Mehedin?i-Beiean, “Babes-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca & ARSBN); Norwegianness and the Nobel Peace Prices (Dr. Ana-Maria Despa, Valahia University of Targoviste & ARSBN); Scandinavian tourism – a sustainable development model (Lect. Dr. Daniela Larion, “Al. I. Cuza” University of Iasi & ARSBN)
C. Workshops: Teaching and organisational staff workshops (Einar Vannebo and Ola Mestad, University of Oslo; Jahn Holljen Thon, Gro-Renée Rambo, Svein Slettan and Arne Dag Sti, The University of Agder), Contemporary Norwegian Literature (Marta Norheim, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Oslo); Nordic rock music (Kim Calonius and Mikko Lehmuskoski, Helsinki); Metacognition – what is the use of knowing that I know (Alexandra Anton, University of Turku & ARSBN); Finnish and Estonian wooden architecture (Lecturer Dr. Iulius Cristea, “Ion Mincu” Architecture and Urban Planning University, Bucharest & ARSBN); World's Youth promoting a Culture of Peace. How young people around the world have contributed to the agenda and culture of peace (Kai F. Brand-Jacobsen, Andra Tanase, The Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania); Rune workshop (Lecturer Dr. Carmen Vioreanu, University of Bucharest); A piece of culture, a culture of peace (Chair, Prof. Dr. Silviu Miloiu, Valahia University of Targoviste)
D. Norwegian cultural evening: Norwegian and international folk music (folk musicians Kirsten Braten Berg and Ambjorg Lien, Norway)


Image Gallery





January 27, 2015

The Department for Studies in Foreign Languages has opened the pre-enrollment platform at .

Any potential candidate interested in our programmes and courses in foreign languages can apply for pre-enrollment on this platform in order to benefit from answers, personalized advices, and professional guidance from staff and professors in the field chosen for pre-enrollment. Therefore, if you are a graduate or you are going to graduate this year and you are interested in finding out if the educational experience we can offer answers your expectations you can save time and energy to reach the right answers by registering on the platform. We are here for you!


The Departament for Studies in Foreign Languages of Valahia University of Targoviste has been set up in 2012 with the aim of managing the study programmes in foreign languages and founding new ones aimed at answering the interest of our prospective students and the needs of the society in Romania and in Europe.The study programmes in foreign languages help our students affiming their career aspirations and the skills and competences they acquire boost their chances to successfully compete for jobs on the European common market Learn more...