Prof. Dan Chiribucă is Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University, Director of the Centre for University Strategy and Quality Management (since April 2012), former dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, former president of the Romanian Society of Sociologists (2009-2010), currently vice-president, former research director of the Institute for the Social Studies Metro Media Transilvania (1998-2005). From March 2018, he is a member of the National Council for Higher Education Statistics and Forecast. He holds a BA, an MA and a PhD in Sociology. His main research interests are in the fields of research methodology, communication and media. He has directed or coordinated more than 65 research projects for national and international beneficiaries, most of them quantitative and qualitative studies, social impact assessments, social inclusion and media audience studies. He worked as consultant for World Bank, Hart Group, 101 AG Worldwide, Romanian Fund for Social Development, Romanian Government, Nokia corporation. He is the author or co-author of 6 books and more than 40 chapters and papers published in collective volumes and peer reviewed journals in Romania and abroad.
Dr Oana Tămaș works at the Centre for University Strategy and Quality Management and is responsible for the university volunteering programme (both students and academics) as well as organizing international conferences on relevant topics. Her research concentrates in the field of historical studies, exploring public policy in the 19th century. She holds a PhD in history from Babeș-Bolyai University. Her doctoral thesis is titled “Between Use and Abuse of Alcohol in Romania in the 2nd half of the 19th Century”. She has edited and coordinated many conference volumes and journal issues at international level.
Dr Sonia Pavlenko works at the Centre for University Strategy and Quality Management and is responsible for the university’s participation in international rankings as well as drafting policy-related documents. Her research concentrates on the philosophy of higher education, exploring the manner in which universities have been thought of starting with the 19th century. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Babeș-Bolyai University. Her doctoral thesis is titled “The Idea of the University”. During her doctoral studies, she spent an academic year at Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford, as a Chevening Scholar. As a Postdoctoral researcher, she was also a Visiting Researcher at Higher Education Policy Research Unit at Dublin Institute of Technology.
Simona Mălăescu works at the Centre for University Strategy and Quality Management as a senior psychologist. She has been involved in research and higher education development in the framework of several institutional projects on students attrition, third stream activities, organisational psychology, recruitment and regional development. She is also a lecturer at the Department of Human Geography and Tourism, Faculty of Geography of Babeș-Bolyai University.