The project “Bacău and Lugano – Teaching Informatics for a Sustainable Society” (acronym BLISS) aims to promote the partnership between “Vasile Alecsandri” University of Bacău, Romania (in Romanian, Universitatea “Vasile Alecsandri” din Bacău, UB) and Università della Svizzera italiana of Lugano (USI), Switzerland, in order to focus on issues and trends regarding all aspects of Informatics: education, research, funding, career development, and specific policies.

With the support of knowledge and expertise provided by USI in this area, UB will improve its capacity to provide graduates with the skills required today on the labour market and will enhance the visibility of the Romanian researchers in the European research space. Moreover, the collaboration between the two universities will allow researchers to approach issues related to sustainable development, equality of chances, and social inclusion.

The target groups of the project are:

  • The academic staff from UB and USI (the team of the project, but also members of the academic communities of the two universities)
  • The students in Informatics, Information Technology, and Communication Sciences from UB and USI (and all the other students who wish to participate) and
  • Representatives of the social and economic local environment (company managers, administrative staff, social workers, etc.).

About the finanacing through the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme:

Title of the project: Bacău and Lugano – Teaching Informatics for a Sustainable Society”

Project co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union

Duration: septembrie 2013 – august 2016

Total budget: 222,902 CHF

Co-finanacing through the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme: 84.79%

Co-financing from the Swiss partner: 7.58%

Own contribution, in cash and in kind: 7.63%