City of Timisoara

Timisoara 2021 – “Shine Your Light, Light up your city!”

Timişoara is a university city and industrial center in western Romania. It is often described as the most cosmopolitan city in Romania. Timișoara is the capital city of Timiș County and the informal capital city of the historical region of Banat. The economy of Timișoara has historic tradition in manufacturing, commerce, transport, education, communications and tourism. In 2016, Timișoara was awarded by Forbes as the most dynamic city and the best city for business in Romania.
Timişoara is a multicultural city inhabited not only by Romanians, but also by Hungarians, Germans and Serbs. Timişoara is not only a cosmopolitan city highly connected to the rest of Europe, but also the city with the highest internet speed in the world and a European Capital of Culture in 2021.

The concept for the title of European Capital of Culture 2021: ‘Shine Your Light – Light up your city!’ represents the spirit of the city. It implies the spiritual light and beliefs, but also points to the light of a remarkable era in which the modern city on the Bega river was established. It is about the age of Enlightenment, a period when the people of Timișoara and its surrounding region were learning and propagating tolerance and fraternal spirit.

West University of Timisoara

West University of Timişoara (WUT), as part of a very multicultural and dynamic city, offers numerous options for learning, even beyond academic life. WUT is the main higher education institution and research center in Western Romania and, during the recent years, it has become an active actor in the community it belongs to, representing one of the motors of Timisoara’s social and cultural life.
In 2019, West University of Timișoara celebrates 75 years from its founding by Royal Decree, a moment when its community has the opportunity to show its appreciation and respect for the past, the present and the future of the institution. After a history of numerous fulfilments, but also challenges, West University of Timisoara is now the most dynamic and the largest university in Western Romania, an academic community of 16,000 members.
A regional leader in the field of higher education and research, with numerous connections in the more and more globalized academic world, WUT holds a unique achievement in the West of the country, ranking in 2017 in the top 701+ QS World University Rankings, as well as many other international rankings.

West University of Timișoara offers students the opportunity to combine theoretical and practical knowledge, in a multi- and inter-disciplinary environment, preparing them to enter a globalized labor market. With more than 6% of the student body being international, the university is intensively involved in processes of internationalization with our faculties offering over 20 study programmes in foreign languages (English, German, or French) at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level.

Upon signing the agreement with the EUniverCities Network, Professor Marilen Pirtea, Rector of West University of Timișoara declared:
“Full Membership will give us the opportunity to learn from the best professionals in the field, at the European level, but also to share our experience with other member universities. WUT already has a tradition in the implementation of the third mission of universities, which is the community involvement. Of course, we can do more and better, that’s why we decided to accede to the EUniverCities Network”.

City of Timisoara

City Hall of Timisoara Municipality
Bd. C. D. Loga nr. 1
300030 Timisoara

Diana Donawell
Head of International Relations Office



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West University of Timisoara

Faculty of Sociology and Psychology
B-dul Vasile Parvan no 4
300223 Timisoara

Professor Mihaela Tomita

+40 256592365


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