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OPENING OF THE 2012 – 2013 ACADEMIC YEAR. A NEW BEGINNING
October 1, 2012, a special day for the entire academic community in Romania. Emotions, aspirations, plans, and great thoughts for both students and educators, the “freshers” being most marked by the importance of the event.
The "Nicolae Bălcescu" Land Forces Academy, part of the university education system, started the new academic year in a festive atmosphere, on the morning of October 1, within the institution. The event was attended by the Land Forces Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Prof. Sorin Ioan, PhD, representatives of the General Staff, of the Human Resources Management Directorate, former rectors of the institution, representatives of local and central public administration, everyone being pleased to accept the invitation and delighted to see each other again.

After the audience was addressed the firm, realistic and mobilizing message sent on this occasion by the Minister of National Defense, the Land Forces Chief of Staff delivered a poignant, emotional speech that he closed by sincerely wishing both students and their educators to achieve their goals and objectives for the academic year 2012-2013.

The audience was given the blessing of a group of priests led by His Eminence Laurenţiu Streza, PhD, Archbishop of Sibiu and Metropolitan of Transylvania., a moment of very strong emotions, "as our army is Christian.”

The younger students’ thoughts and emotions were expressed by cadet Nicoleta MIHAIU, who addressed the distinguished guests, the teachers and the students as well, preceding the intonation of the academic anthem "GAUDEAMUS" and the march past of the academy military personnel and cadets.

On the same day, but starting at 1 p.m., the old burg of Sibiu vibrated intensely when, in the small central square of this city, situated on the banks of the Cibin river, a sea of people, representatives of all the universities in Sibiu, attended the grand opening of the academic year 2012-2013. The institutions of the university center, a support for this historic city in planning its future – an economic, scientific, social and cultural responsibility - were reunited for the first time on such an occasion, thanks to the support of local public authorities, in the spirit of the burg’s identity, in order to mark this festive moment of the beginning of a new academic year.

A praise worthy initiative, agreed upon by all the speakers – rectors of Sibiu universities, representatives of local and central public administration, representatives of religious denominations, students – meant to strengthen the existing relations among the Sibiu universities, and to expand horizons in the field of the scientific research, social, cultural, educational and sports projects carried out jointly and at all levels.

A first step taken towards the Transylvanian city’s assertion at the national and international level was the conclusion of an agreement of partnership among the Sibiu universities, in view of achieving excellence in education and research, optimizing the use of actual resources and creating new educational fields in addition to thoses already developed by partner universities, identifying joint projects in education and research, and increasing visibility of foreign partner universities as well.
We wish the entire academic community a productive and successful university year.