The Babeș-Bolyai University of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) is expanding to the seaside: The renowned academic institution has recently bought the former Danube Restaurant Complex in the Neptune Resort at the Black Sea at a state auction and plans to transform the property into an educational and scientific research facility.
The Babeş-Bolyai University (known by its Romanian acronym UBB) has purchased the former restaurant complex at Neptune Resort at a real estate auction organized by the government. The university bought the property from the so-called Autonomous Administration of State Protocol Patrimony (RA-APPS).
The seaside facility the UBB plans to establish at Neptune will serve as an educational institution and also as a center for scientific research, development, innovation and public relations.
“As several teachers, students and researchers from the faculties of History, Environmental Studies and Geography have requested the university’s management to rent spaces in the region of the Black Sea and Dobrogea for student practice and scientific research, we began to look for solutions. We had even thought of appealing to our partner universities from Iaşi or Bucharest to use some of their properties. By chance, we found out about the state auction and we decided to go along with this opportunity,” UBB rector Daniel David told the edupedu.ro portal.
The former Danube Restaurant Complex at Neptune was purchased for somewhat more than EUR 1 million. The property has two buildings and a plot of land with an area of 4,680 square meters.
The new academic and scientific research center will also be a part of the European project of the Three Seas Initiative, the rector emphasized. “Babeş-Bolyai, being a world-class university, must be anchored in this major European cooperation,” noted the rector.
UBB has six other scientific/academic research centers in Kolozs (Cluj), Beszterce (Bistriţa-Năsăud), Krassó-Szörény (Caraş-Severin), Szilágy (Sălaj) and in Hunyad (Hunedoara) counties.
On July 13, UBB bought a hotel as well, in Kolozsvár — the Opera Plaza for RON 40 million to serve as the new headquarters of the Faculty of Law, ziare.com wrote.
UBB’s Faculty of Economics and Business Management ranks among the top 500 educational institutions in the world according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) classification, and it is the best in Romania in the field of education and economic research.
Title image: The former seaside restaurant complex will be transformed into an educational and scientific research facility by UBB