Program overview

This master’s degree programme is designed primarily for Biotechnology graduates (Agricultural Biotechnology, Food Industry Biotechnology, Veterinary Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, or Pharmaceutical Biotechnology). However, any graduates passionate about life sciences, keen to broaden their understanding of Applied Biotechnologies, are welcome.

Curricula disciplines target multiomic applications in biotechnologies, such as: genomics, microbial biotechnologies, bioinformatics, biotechnology of fermentative products, biodynamics of natural pigments, metabolite isolation from natural matrices, biomaterials – practical applications, marker-assisted selection, embryo-associated biotechnologies, molecular techniques for food authentication and GMO detection, nutritional genomics etc.

All the subjects included in the curricula have syllabus content sheets, in which are specified: the objectives of the discipline; specialized skills; thematic content; distribution of the number of course hours, practical works, project, seminar, teaching aids, related bibliography, as well as the student evaluation system. Improving and adapting the content of subject sheets is a constant concern that is correlated with the need for the education process to acquire the necessary flexibility to adapt to labor market requirements, innovative changes due to technical and scientific progress, including the online teaching system, and the demands of the contemporary knowledge-based economy.

The proposed master’s degree program is integrated in the activity of the Faculty of Animal Sciences at USAMV CV and benefits from the educational spaces of the faculty necessary for teaching and research activities, respectively lecture halls, laboratories for application and scientific research activities, seminar rooms. The spaces for teaching and applied activities in the laboratory, intended for the development of the proposed master’s degree program, are equipped with the necessary equipment for the educational process, fundamental and applied scientific research, as well as the necessary logistics for the learning, teaching (include remote forms of teaching) and evaluation process.

The transfer of knowledge from scientific research to the practical approach to human-animal interactions, mediated by specialists with a strong track record of national and international publications, is another key element of the development and implementation of the EHAI master’s program. It is important to note that the EHAI program is based on an interdisciplinary team of specialists in the fields addressing human-animal interactions, such as animal sciences, behavioral genetics, veterinary medicine, human psychology and animal psychology (including animal-assisted activities and therapies). Also, the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca will provide a solid basis for teaching, research and practical application of knowledge in the EHAI master both through the existing infrastructure, but especially through the development of a Technology Transfer Center in the field of human-animal interaction and animal-assisted therapies, as well as a biodiversity park.