Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the Cox International Center, teaching communication module in Romania.

Cox Center Director Teaches Communication Module In MA Course In Romania

Dr. Tudor Vlad, director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, told graduate students of the College of Political Public Administration and Communication Sciences at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, that good communication skills are crucial for senior managers of private companies or of public organizations.

These comments were made during an intensive module he taught during the last week of February in the Public Administration and Management Master’s Program of the Romanian college, whose courses are taught entirely in English.

The program has been the result of the partnership between the Romanian university, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Cox International Center. Thirty-five students attend the Master’s program.

The Cox International Center is the international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

“According to a 2014 survey, CEOs of important U.S. companies said that ninety percent of their work is related to communication with stakeholders, partners, employees, government and media,” Dr. Vlad said. “They agreed they also have to understand and use social media and new categories of communicators that have emerged, such as citizen and community journalists or bloggers."

“We have made significant progress in our collaboration with the University of Georgia,” said Dr. Calin Hintea, dean of the Romanian college in the program’s opening remarks. “Now, we have UGA faculty teaching every semester in our Master’s course and issuing a certificate for those who graduate.”

Many of the participants in the course were already working in public administration.

While in Cluj-Napoca, Dr. Vlad also met with Dr. Ioan-Aurel Pop, Rector of Babes-Bolyai University, who signed a renewal of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Romanian university and the University of Georgia. Joint programs and activities have been in a variety of areas, such as journalism, political science, rural development, public administration, chemistry and agriculture communication.

After the program in Cluj-Napoca, Dr. Vlad made a stop in Bucharest, where he met with leaders of the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration. The goal of the visit was to plan the annual workshop that the Cox International Center and the Romanian College of Communication and Public Administration organize together every fall.