The GFCC welcomes Bucharest University of Economic Studies as new member
The GFCC is delighted to announce that the Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) has joined our organization as a member. Recognized as a leading institution for economic sciences and public administration studies in Romania and Southeast Europe, ASE's outstanding reputation is attested by renowned international academic rankings. Based out of Bucharest, Romania, ASE plays a prominent role in promoting research and education in the Black Sea, Danube River, Carpathian, and the Balkans areas.
"We are honored to have ASE in our community. Strategically positioned in Southeast Europe, ASE integrates tradition and innovation within its curriculum playing a pivotal role in regional development throughout the Black Sea and the Balkans," expressed President Deborah L. Wince-Smith. "We firmly believe that ASE will bring valuable resources to our global community, particularly in the realm of promoting local economic development."
Innovation and inclusiveness are institutional pillars at ASE. The university hosts a department of cybernetics and computer science, established in 1965, and conducts cutting-edge research in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, IoT, edtech, cleantech, circular economy, sustainable development, and digital transformation. Furthermore, ASE upholds inclusive policies that emphasize the ethical dissemination of scientific progress and the responsible use of AI.
"ASE is honored to be part of the GFCC, and our academic body is looking forward to providing intellectual contributions to this global community. Internationalization is a key component for the development of our university, and we are pleased to have the chance to link with the distinguished members of the GFCC", commented Marius Profiroiu, Vice-rector for International Affairs at ASE.
ASE has successfully initiated programs at the intersection of inclusivity and innovation in the past years. One notable endeavor, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Romania and a local edtech start-up called nextlab.tech, focuses on bridging the digital divide through the use of artificial intelligence (AI).
By leveraging advanced virtual learning assistants powered by AI, ASE aims to alleviate the shortage of skilled STEM teachers in rural and small urban areas. Commencing in 2018, this program comprises multiple projects that have expanded nationwide, with funding secured from private donors, the European Union, and other public entities.
Another program aims at building a state-of-the-art cybersecurity educational system. This initiative has been undertaken in partnership with other universities and regional stakeholders aims at developing a cybersecurity talent pool in Bucharest.
The Romanian capital Bucharest is already home to the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) and various private cybersecurity centers. The program's inception dates back to 2005 when ASE introduced Eastern Europe's first cybersecurity Master's program.
Furthermore, ASE is actively engaged in projects that revolve around the commercialization of carbon credits and the promotion of sustainable agricultural practices. For more detailed information about ASE's initiatives, please visit their official website.