Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) is one of the most prestigious higher education institutions from Center-Eastern Europe, being the university with the oldest academic tradition in Romania (1581). It is the largest Romanian university, with 21 faculties, approximately 45.000 students and 3.000 permanent university staff, situated at the confluence of the Eastern and Western cultures. BBU is the leader among the universities in Romania according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – known as the Shanghai Ranking of universities- the oldest and the most prestigious international ranking of universities considering the indicators of excellence, education, and research. Also, BBU is in the first position in the country, according to other University meta-ranking, such as Center for World University Ranking (CWUR), World Universities Ranking al Times Higher Education (THE-WUR),
University Ranking of Academic Performance (URAP) and US News Best Global Universities. BBU-DPH focuses on scientific and educational activity on the submission and implementation of projects for the research-development-innovation, capacity building and mobility on different subdomains of public health, medicine, and social and economic sciences.
At present, BBU is the coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus project – Special ICT Infrastructure for Smart Place, and partner in the other five Erasmus Mundus projects, proving strong abilities and experience in academic cooperation mechanisms and capacity building projects. BBU offers the first Bachelor program in Public Health taught in English from Romania and Central and Eastern Europe (Department of Public Health). BBU also offers Master Programs in Health Management and Policy and Public Health and is one of the most active research centers in the field of Public Health from Central and Eastern Europe, which provides numerous possibilities of practice in the over 25 research studies that are being implemented. Further, BBU, represented by the Department of Public Health, was a partner in a 2010 TEMPUS program Masters Programmes in Public Health and Social Services (MPPHSS), coordinated by the University of Cumbria and focusing on Eastern European countries.