Central European Collaborative

Preparing students to bridge cultural differences and forge beneficial and democratic exchanges throughout the region

The mission of the Central European Collaborative is to focus on Romania's cultural identity and to foster a mutually beneficial dialogue between ASU faculty and students, and Romanian dignitaries, universities, and artist groups of both countries by creating a bridge of mutual understanding and cooperation between American and Romanian universities and communities.

The Central European Cultural Collaborative is housed in the Department of English at ASU and promotes cultural, artistic, and academic exchanges between U.S. and Romanian scholars and students. Its aim is to build academic exchanges and foster intercultural communication between the countries of Europe and the United States. The Collaborative achieves this mission by facilitating numerous cultural, artistic, and scholarly exchanges between U.S. faculty and students, and faculty at Romanian academic institutions and all other cultural and academic organizations from East-Central Europe. For the past 13 years, U.S. students have experienced Romania’s art and culture by participating in the Summer Program to Romania and Central Europe. The information exchange is expanded and offered to the larger American audience by bringing visiting scholars, artists and dignitaries from Romania to the Arizona campus. For the past 10 years, the ASU Romanian program has also developed a collaboration between ASU and the National Theatre in Cluj, using performing arts as a vehicle for integrating shared cultural values, while at the same time recognizing the unique identities of both countries.

The activities of the Central European Cultural Collaborative can be grouped as follows:

1. Agreements of academic cooperation with:

    • The Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj Napoca, Romania’s largest academic institution (65,000 students)
    • The Theatre Department of the Babes Bolyai University
    • The Ovidius University of Constanta, at the Black Sea
    • The University of Bucharest’s Center for American Studies
    • The Ion Andreescu Institute of Plastic Arts and Interior Design
    • The Gheorghe Dima Conservatory and School of Music (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

All these universities provide exchanges of faculty and students with the Arizona State University’s Romanian Program, both during the academic year and the summer sessions.

2. Long standing collaboration with the Romanian Culture Institute (ICR) that has sponsored cultural exchanges between the ASU Romanian Program and Romania, provided internships for ASU students and a robust exchange of scholars and artists visiting Arizona State University from Romania, France, and UK. 

3. ASU’s Summer Program in Romania and Central Europe offered for academic credit to ASU and US students.