Founded in 1922, the Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography is the first ethnographic museum in Romania. Having a collection of 100.000 artefacts, the institution has the mission to preserve, research and capitalize the cultural heritage in Transylvania (Romanian historical and geographical region), in order to promote the cultural diversity values and cultural dialogue for the benefit of all visitor categories. Through the activities carried out, the Transylvanian Museum of Ethnography seeks to contribute to the dissemination and consolidation of the knowledge concerning the traditional culture and to the owned cultural heritage, as an integral part of the universal cultural heritage. Nowadays, when we witness not only the dissolution of the last elements of the traditional organic culture, but also to the gradual disappearance of its exponents, the museum offers the opportunity to establish a scientifically controlled contact with the artefacts belonging to and evoking a world characterized by proximity to nature through community solidarity, a cultural rich environment in sensations and generator of psychic balance. By the nature of its activities, by the methods and means used, the museum is besides a factor of learning and an information transmitter, a factor of recreation and leisure. The museum has also an educational mission with special targets on students of all grades and curriculas and all categories of visitors with special needs. Through its activities, MET seeks to contribute to the transmission and consolidation of knowledge about architectural, mobile and intangible cultural heritage, as integral parts of the universal heritage of the mankind. By nature of the programs and projects implemented, the museum has become a factor in the learning process and an information transmitter, as well as a place for recreation and leisure.
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Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj –Napoca assumes the complex role of providing a performant education, an innovative scientific research at national and international level and specialized services platforms to the community. The University represents the institution where the academic community is searching for new solutions to permanent changes in the society and nowadays’ world. Babes-Bolyai University, as an academic educational public institution, aims to promote specific cultural components within the local, regional, national and international community. The general mission is to generate and to transfer the knowledge respecting modern University concepts- education, research and community services. Particularly, BBU’s mission is focused on the following objectives: To ensure knowledge creation through an intensive research process; To ensure the training of students and researchers as active and responsible citizens by promoting education and research according to the requirements of a knowledge and values-based society, through initial training, ongoing education and integration into the circuit of universal values; To provide a framework for multiculturalism, multi-linguistic and interconfessional interfaces by offering training on equal terms, in Romanian, Hungarian, German, and other international languages; To contribute to the local, regional and national development in terms of social, economic, cultural and political values, through an involvement according to the community needs. Babes-Bolyai University is organized in faculties, departments, academic extensions, institutes, libraries, laboratories, research units, museums, etc. The Special Education Department within the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences is a traditional one; it is the first department of special education founded in Romania in 1960, being recognized as the best in the country due to the curriculum, teachers, accessibility and educational centers and research and development projects.
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A university with an excellent reputation “Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem” (shortly: “ELTE”), the legal predecessor of which was founded in 1635, is the oldest university in Hungary. It has an excellent reputation both in Hungary and abroad for the quality of its educational and research programmes. The university has always received international students. The original language of teaching was Latin. Hungarian became the official language of undergraduate training in 1861. During its long history, the university has been renamed several times. Since 1950, it has been bearing the name of Loránd EÖTVÖS (1848-1919), a professor of physics with international repute (notably for his work on the equivalence of gravitational and inertial mass), also an eminent statesman. Eötvös Loránd University is one of the largest universities in the country with a total number of around 30,000 students a year. The university offers training at all levels of higher education. Due to the institutional mergers in 2000 and 2003, now ELTE has eight faculties (Education and Psychology; Primary and Pre-School Education; Special Education; Social Sciences; Humanities; Informatics; Law and Political Science; and [Natural] Science), and more than 100 buildings scattered about Budapest.
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Officially established in 2010 as a new public university, Istanbul Medeniyet University (IMU) is the 9th public university founded in Istanbul. As a research-oriented, innovative, and entrepreneurial institution, IMU consists of 11 faculties, 2 colleges and 4 institutes.
With 6:1 student-faculty ratio, IMU has around 3000 undergraduate and 2000 graduate students and 659 faculty members as of 2017. With 7 campus areas spread over an area of about 538,000 square meters, the University offers 26 undergraduate and 48 graduate and doctoral programs with an emphasis on graduate/post-graduate studies.
IMU is a young and dynamic higher education institution that provides academic education in a modern educational environment and with strong academic staff. Placing great emphasis on research, it offers a rich research environment for prospective researchers with its state-of-the-art labs, where scientists and researchers carry out research in the fields of engineering, medicine, natural sciences, arts and humanities, and health sciences.
IMU has 9 research centers and one training & research hospital. IMU’s research centers include the Research Center for Social Cooperation Area (SOCIOPARK), the Research Center for Children’s Education in Science, Lifelong Learning Center (SEM), Distance Learning Center (UZEM), Experimental and Clinical Research Center, Autism Research Center, Turkish and Foreign Languages Research Center, and Science and High Technology Research Center (IMU- BILTAM).
Currently, IMU’s laboratories include the Central Research Lab, Microsurgery Research and Training Lab, Engineering Lab, and Basic Sciences Lab, which are operational in an area of 800 square meters. Moreover, a new Central Research Laboratory is under construction in the University’s North Campus and will serve researchers from various branches of medical sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Planned to become operational in 2019 with an indoor area of over 20,000 square meters, the Central Research Laboratory will be one of the largest R&D centers in Turkey and will house highly-developed labs constructed for various disciplines including core sciences, health and life sciences, environmental sciences, computational sciences and engineering, nanotechnology and material sciences. Also, the first tobacco analysis laboratory of Turkey is being established as part of this new laboratory complex in collaboration with the Tobacco and Alcohol Market Regulatory Authority (TAPDK).
To promote R&D activities under the university-industry collaboration model, IMU is also in the process of establishing a Technopark in its Akfırat campus in Tuzla in cooperation with leading national institutions such as the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MUSIAD) and Turkish Airlines (THY).
Regarding IMU-funded research, IMU currently has 2 projects from ECHO Program (European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations), 3 projects from Erasmus+ Program, 1 project from Horizon 2020 Programme (MC Individual Fellowship) and 43 national projects.
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The University of Thessaly (Panepistimio Thessalias) was founded in 1984 and has elected the first Rectorate Board in 1998. Its administrative and academic centre is in the city of Volos. In order to serve the needs of the region of Thessaly, its first Departments were based on agricultural, educational and technological sciences. Since 1984 and onwards the University of Thessaly has been gradually growing with new Departments. Its present academic structure consists of thirty five (35) departments and eight (8) Faculties in the cities of Volos, Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and Lamia. The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society. It is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements, in accordance with the international standards.
The Department of Special Education (SED) was founded in 1993 and started its operation in September 1998. It is part of the School of Humanities of the University of Thessaly and is located at the city of Volos, Greece. SED is the only public university department in Greece fully specialized in Special Education. SED’s main mission is to educate special teachers for pre-school and primary education, as well as advance research and development in special education. SED’s program of studies offers specialization in the education of the following categories of people with special needs:
- students with learning disabilities
- hard of hearing and deaf students
- students with visual impairments
- students with intellectual disability
- students with autism spectrum disorders
SED facts as for December 2015:
- 1246 special education teachers have graduated from SED
- 866 students study currently in SED: 695 undergraduate students, 127 postgraduate students and 44 PhD students
- 121 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in special education
- 6 research laboratories and one multi-purpose laboratory
- 25 people, including 20 Faculty members and 5 administrative employees
- 80% of our students select SED as their 1st choice in the pan-hellenic examinations for their undergraduate studies
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Τhe Museum of Cycladic Art is dedicated to the study and promotion of ancient cultures of the Aegean and Cyprus, with special emphasis on Cycladic Art of the 3rd millennium BC. It was founded in 1986, to house the collection of Nicholas and Dolly Goulandris. Since then it has grown in size to accommodate new acquisitions, obtained either through direct purchases or through donations by important collectors and institutions.
The three major collections of the MCA (Cycladic Culture, Ancient Greek Art, Cypriot Culture) have been formed through generous donations by important collectors, public and private institutions, as well as anonymous donators. Today, the artifacts that once belonged to separate private collections have been integrated by the museum curators into the corresponding chronological and thematic groups, their provenance being indicated clearly in the label of each object. In addition, several of the museum galleries have been named after the most important donators (The K. Politis Gallery, The Athens Academy Gallery, The Th. N. Zintilis Gallery).
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The Hungarian Heritage House (Hagyományok Háza) is a national institution founded in 2001 by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage with the purpose of preserving and promoting Hungarian folk tradition. The HHH is comprised of three units, each of which contributes to this aim in its own unique way. The HHH welcomes all enquiries, and aims to meet all requests in connection with Hungarian folk tradition.
Founded in 1951, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble is devoted to collecting the folklore treasury of the Carpathian Basin and presenting it on stage. The Ensemble’s repertoire encompasses all genres related to folk tradition: historical music, authentic folk music and dance, as well as world music and traditional-based contemporary dance-shows.
The Folklore Documentation Center aims to make the vast and precious collection Hungarian folk treasury available to all who is interested in it. The Documentation Center is accessible on-line as well as in hard copies at the Corvin tér seat of the HHH.
The Applied Folk Arts Department organizes courses, conferences, dance houses and play-houses, as well as inviting applications, publishing music and dance CDs and DVDs and judging works of contemporary applied folk art. The Department is ready to cooperate with any cultural institutions wishing to get acquainted with Hungarian folk art, and welcomes individual enquiries as well.
The Museum of Hungarian Applied Folk Art is part of the Hungarian Heritage House, currently has 10.000 objects, collects objects from the entire country and presents the history, outstanding creators, workshops and trends in applied folk art. This is the only comprehensive Hungarian collection of objects from the five specializations in applied folk art (embroidery, weaving, pottery, carving and folk crafts).
At the museum’s public workshops, visitors can learn about the work processes, techniques, raw materials and tools directly from the masters. In the workshop straw and husk doll makers, mat weavers, pearl jewel makers, embroiderers, basket makers, felt makers, felt cloak decorators and weavers work and hold presentations during the official hours of the museum.
The museum organizes activities for children to give them a glimpse of traditional folk culture and to allow them make their own pieces of art in the open handicraft studio led by a museum educator.
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The Balkan Museum Network was established in April 2006 in Gustavianum Museum in Uppsala, Sweden. The original network has been facilitated by the foundation Cultural Heritage without Borders. The first BMN members have been museum directors and key staff from eleven museums in the Western Balkans region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). At the time, a special network for female museum directors was also established, in order to address the specific needs of this group. The museum cooperation aimed at enhancing cultural understanding, developing staff competences, facilitating exchange of ideas and exhibitions and making the museums more inviting to the public. Several workshops and seminars have been organized on a wide variety of topics, such as museum management, strategic planning, exhibitions, communication, conservation and education. A series of major projects around access for disabled people had lead to improvements in museum access.
Eleven museums curated jointly “1+1:Life & Love” simultaneous and traveling exhibition as a ground breaking and peacebuilding exhibition.
Following the success of “1+1, Life&Love” exhibition the Balkan Museum Network has established a wider platform for collaboration and exchange available to all museums across the Western Balkans and the Network opened up for enlarging its membership. Annual BMN museum conference has been established under the title “Meet See Do” and since 2013, six conferences have been co-organised with the Network members as facilitators (Sarajevo 2013, Tirana 2014, Novi Sad 2015, Shkoder 2016, Prishtina 2017, Thessaloniki 2018).
As membership based onrganisation BMN is open to all museums, individuals and NGOs in the field of heritage from the Balkans.
BMN HAS BEEN FUNDED BY THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION, SWEDISH GOVERNMENT, SWEDISH INSTITUTE, THE HEADLEY TRUST UK, CULTURAL HERITAGE WITHOUT BORDERS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, CULTURAL HERITAGE WITHOUT BORDERS ALBANIA, THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THROUGH THE EMBASSY IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.
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Atomo Ro has a small, but very skillful team of programmers. The company’s quality and commitment is proved by the fact that there are some clients since the establishment of the company, like The Translylvanian Museum of Ethnography (since 2004).
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