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Ethology & Human-Animal Interaction – a new master’s degree program in Romania

Alina Simona Rusu

September 11, 2021

Dear members of the ICofA community, we are excited to announce the opening of the very first admission period for a new master’s degree program in Romania (Ethology & Human-Animal Interaction/ EHAI), which opens great opportunities of collaboration in the fields of education, research and practice in HAI with institutions and experts at national and international level. I am very happy to be part of the interdisciplinary team of the EHAI master’s degree program, together with colleagues from the Animal Sciences department and Veterinary Medicine.

The Faculty of Animal Science and Biotechnologies within the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca, an institution of higher education, an autonomous legal entity, with responsibilities in the field of Higher Education (missions: education, research and social engagement) proposes the foundation and implementation of a master’s degree program with teaching in English language, which is to be organized in the form of full-time education, starting with the academic year 2021-2022. The EHAI program provides training at level 7 of the EQF, according to the Bologna II cycle, for students who have graduated a bachelor’s cycle of various programs in the fields of animal sciences, such as biology, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, but also a bachelor degree in related fields, such as ecology, environmental sciences, psychology, public health, law or human medicine, who wish to develop professional skills based on ethological methods of studying the interactions between humans, animals and the environment.

The mission of the EHAI master’s program, which is currently the only one of this kind proposed in Romania, is to offer in an interactive, interdisciplinary and innovative manner, a solid and rich base of theoretical and procedural knowledge about what the professions of ethologist and animal behaviorists mean, according to current societal and global needs, but also from the perspective of the history and evolution of animal-human interactions in different contexts, by reference to the laws and procedures in force at national, European and global level.

In a recent qualitative study, we provide information on the expectations regarding the roles of the graduates of the EHAI master’s program, which were depicted from the written reflections/ support letters provided by several NGOs (based in Romania, but with national and international activities) in the areas of AAT, animal rights, animal protection and wildlife conservation and rehabilitation.

Detailed information about the admission program can be found here (the sections are continuously being updated):


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