The training of students will take place over a timeframe of two years, the academic year for master’s degree studies being structured on 2 semesters of 14 weeks. The development of the curricula was based on the requirements of national and international standards, by taking into account the European Transferable / ECTS, as well as the recommendations and procedures related to curricular reform in higher education.
This program will offer master’s degree students the opportunity to plan Service-Learning projects for the community, but also to establish collaborations with NGOs in the field of human-animal interaction and diversity conservation. We mention that all the collaborating NGOs in the field of human-animal interaction at local, national and international level (such as: iCare, NUCA, Transylvania Animal Care, Arca lui Noe Cluj, Luana’s Dream Foundation for rehabilitation of wild animals, Animal Society / Vierpfoten, WWF Romania etc.) expressed a very strong support for the foundation of this master’s program, interest in collaborating in future research projects, education, development of policies and procedures, as well as providing practice and employability opportunities for future graduates of this program. Also, the establishment of the EHAI program is strongly supported by personalities in the fields of ethology (eg Prof. Dr. Lee Alan Dugatkin, author of some of the best known textbooks on animal behavior internationally, Louisville University, US), bioconservation, interdisciplinary learning to community, and the field of anthrozoology, including animal-assisted activities and therapies (eg Dr. Christine Olsen, director of the International Center for Anthrozoology, Norway).