Master of Arts in East Central Europe Region Studies


Program Description

East Central Europe Region Studies (ECERS) Master Program offers a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to the puzzling, controversially, and simultaneously fascinating ongoing, recent, and past developments inside a region nicknamed a century ago the powder keg of Europe.

The result of cooperation between four European universities (the University of Helsinki and the University of Oulu Finland, University of Tartu Estonia, and the Izmir University of Economics Turkey), the ECERS takes a broad and fresh perspective of the political, IR, economic, social, cultural and environmental regional developments.

The curriculum focuses on the dynamic regional changes offering insightful and up-to-date theoretical, methodological, and practical knowledge. The program will foster creativity and innovation spirit as well as the capacity to conduct original research and write high-level analytical essays and reports with respect to East-Central European studies.

Career Prospects

The skills acquired during the MA program will help successfully competing for careers such as foreign relations referents & experts, assistant professors, business personnel specialized on Central and Eastern Europe, international officials, government officials, civil servants, diplomats, consultants and policy analysts, employees in cultural institutions, magazines or newspapers reporters, European and Euro-Atlantic institutions officials, UN officials, euro-advisers, NGOs leaders and consultants, teachers in secondary education.



Year I

  • An Introduction to Area Studies with a focus on East-Central Europe
  • An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Sustainable development in East-Central Europe
  • The methodology of research
  • The International Relations in East-Central Europe from the Vienna Congress to World War I
  • The Political History of East-Central Europe from the Mid-l9th Century to the Aftermath of the Second World War
  • Geopolitics and Energy Security in East-Central Europe
  • Economic structure and reforms in the Baltic Sea Region
  • State genesis in Central and Eastern Europe (9th to 14th centuries)
  • The history of writing and printing in East-Central Europe

Year II

  • International relations in East-Central Europe in the 20th century and beyond
  • Communist Regimes in East-Central Europe
  • From Eastern Enlargement towards European integration
  • Communism in Romania: ideology and practices
  • The foreign policy of Romania in the 20th century between Idealism and Realism
  • Discourse as a form of social practice within the context of globalization
  • National minorities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Languages of the region
  • Research practice
  • Dissertation thesis writing



25 selected students from Romania, the EU, and EU third countries.


  • Prof. Dr. Viktor Trasberg, University of Tartu, Professor of Economics
  • Dr. Doc. Katalin Miklóssy, University of Helsinki, Senior Researcher of Political History
  • Prof. Dr. Kari Alenius, University of Oulu, Professor of General History
  • Prof. Dr. Gabriela Teodorescu, Valahia University, Professor of Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Prof. Dr. Silviu Miloiu, Valahia University, Professor hab. of History of International Relations
  • Prof. Dr. Mircea Anghelinu, Valahia University, Professor hab. of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Prof. Dr. Agnes Erich, Valahia University, Professor of Old Books and Libraries
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Radu Carciumaru, Valahia University, Assoc. Prof. of Medieval History
  • Lect. Dr. Ioana Raicu, Valahia University, Lecturer of English and discourse analysis
  • Prof. Dr. Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu, Izmir University of Economics, Lecturer of Sustainable Energy
  • Lect. Dr. Cezar Stanciu, Valahia University, Lect. of Cold War History
  • Lect. Dr. Laura Oncescu, Valahia University, Lect. of Modern History

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Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The beginnings of higher education in Târgovişte date back to the Romanian Middle Ages, when, between 1672 and 1678, the city hosted the first Law School of Wallachia. Higher education resumed its mis ... Read More

The beginnings of higher education in Târgovişte date back to the Romanian Middle Ages, when, between 1672 and 1678, the city hosted the first Law School of Wallachia. Higher education resumed its mission in an official establishment after the 1989 Revolution, when, in 1991, the Technical and Economic University College opened its gates. Besides its scientific training and research, Valahia University of Târgoviște includes continuing education centers in agreement with the demands of the present socio-economic environment. Read less