The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (IASLCC) opened its doors to the public on November 19th on the occasion of the National Day of the Researcher in Romania, which coincided with the two-year anniversary of its own operation. The President of the IASLCC, Professor Emil Constantinescu, presented the Institute’s activity report and the stage of refurbishment works undertaken at the Institute’s offices before members of its Scientific Council and many other notable personalities from the Romanian cultural and academic milieu, alongside other collaborators and friends of the Institute.
Those present had the opportunity to visit the three distinct spaces of the IASLCC’s offices: the Bibliotheca, Dialogus and Thesaurus. They were able to view short films documenting the evolution of both the Institute’s scientific activity and the ongoing refurbishment works. The transformation of a 1960s building, a former disused kindergarten that had laid abandoned for three years, into an office space representative of a Centre of Excellence of the World Academy of Art and Science, ready to host the 60th anniversary from the foundation of this prestigious organisation of academic consecration, could only be achieved through the coordinated efforts of several institutions.
Among the participants to the event were Professor Ioan Aurel Pop, President of the Romanian Academy; Professor Remus Pricopie, Rector of the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration; Radu Boroianu, General Secretary of the IASLCC’s Scientific Council; Dr Petru Lucinschi, President of the Republic of Moldova (1997-2001); Professor Adrian Curaj (UEFISCDI); Professor Vlad Nistor, President of the Romanian Institute of Archaeology in Athens; Dan Petre, Director of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute; Professor Tasin Gemil, Director of the Institute of Turkish and Central Asian Studies at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University of Cluj-Napoca; Academician Nicolae Anastasiu; Radu Onofrei, diplomat; Dr Dirar Kutaini, Chairman of the European and Romanian Pan Arab Cultural Centre (ERPCC); Dr Delia Dumitraș, Director of the National Museum of Geology in Bucharest; Professor Gabriela Creția, from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature of the University of Bucharest; Professor Zamfira Mihail, from the Romanian Academy’s Institute of South-Eastern European Studies; Professor Alexandru Barnea, from the Faculty of History of the University of Bucharest; Lecturer Luiza Oancea, of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature of the University of Bucharest; Professor Renata Tatomir (“Hyperion” University) and historian Marius Oprea (from the Institute for Investigations into the Crimes of Communism and the Memory of Romanian Exile (IICCMER).