The module Managing the EU – Taxation, Economics and Governance is implemented by the Faculty of Business, Universitatea Babes-Bolyai. The project has 3 main categories of activities: 2 imply teaching on European and International Taxation (56 hours/ year), Modelling the New Europe (42 hours/ year); 8 months of research activity on corporate income tax and capital mobility within the EU and scientific events: a conference, a round table and a study visit.
The aim of this module is to increase the specific knowledge in the field of European integration with a focus on the relation between EU policies and economics and taxation to students studying non-EU related topics such as business studies. The proposed topic has a multi-disciplinary focus at is contains information from law, economics, politics and finance. It has a specific feature, namely it is the first time that such a project is implemented at the Faculty of Business. Thus, this project could be a cornerstone in the inclusion of courses related to the European Union’s Economics in business studies, as the influence of the EU on the economy has grown over the years. Most of the programs that focus on business studies / business administration / international business include just courses that are related to business and maybe sometimes related to communication. This project will validate that topics related to EU (such as European and International Taxation – the inclusion of European Taxation – and Modelling the New Europe) is a sustainable and viable asset to a program which of courses consists of the classic modules like International Accounting, International Finance, Financial Management and Controlling, International Management, International Marketing, International Business Law etc. Having such a module financed by the European Union will open the idea that business studies most not be view from a classic approach but from a new one which mandatory has to include the European Union. It is also very important that young professionals see the European union as a gateway to new opportunities and not as a structure that want’s to regulate more and more a free market. This sometimes can be the case as most of the programs in business studies do not focus on European issues. This is why we also have a wide range of events that try to cover as many stakeholders as possible: academics, researchers, professionals, students, administrative staff.
The proposed scientific events are being approached from a multidisciplinary perspective, by exploiting the existing resources and moving towards the edge between disciplines: economic, policies/ regulations and financial aspects, as well as by addressing a wide range of target groups: students, teachers specialized in finance or EU matters, non-specialized teachers, researchers and professional groups. The events also go through a wide range of methods – from the classic approach of conferences to modern-day round table debates.
The main impacts of the project consist of:
• the contribution to stimulating knowledge of the European integration process with a focus on financial aspects subjected to analysis, through teaching activities prompting students to be active, and through the scientific events organized;
• enhancing the visibility of scientific resources and academic activities in the field of finance by putting together research, teaching and events for a broader target group, in order to benefit from sharing ideas during those activities, as well as promote academic activities amongst professional groups (which are part of the target groups).