The Faculty of European Studies started its activity under the name of the School of Higher European Comparative Studies, in the academic year 1993-1994. In May 1995 the official name of the institution became the Faculty of European Studies. ICE started with the UBB Senate Decision of 13.05.2003. ICE was re-accredited in 2016, as a research-development and innovation unit of excellence, within the Faculty of European Studies, from the extra-budgetary resources it has and from research grants. ICE is part of the strategic research infrastructure of Babes-Bolyai University (UBB Platform) and is included in the distributed network of units of excellence of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (STAR-UBB).
Since the beginning of its activity, the institute has benefited from the expertise of national and international personalities in the fields of research aimed at international relations, European studies, culture and civilization in our continent or globally. The scientific council of ICE had as members, among others, prof. Univ. dr Andrei Marga, univ. prof. dr. Ovidiu Pecican, prof. univ. dr. Nicolae Păun, prof. univ. dr. Vasile Puscaş, prof. univ. Dr. Eniko Vincze, Associate Professor dr. Mircea Maniu,, other renowned professors from the country and abroad.
ICE aims at advanced research in the field of European studies and international relations. The scientific results obtained by ICE members are capitalized through individual and collective volumes, national and international conferences, articles in their own journals and in other specialized journals in the country and abroad, including articles and positions in the written and audio-visual press with on the evolutions of the political and European integration processes in our country and in the world.
The Institute has carried out its entire period of scientific activity through numerous national and international scientific grants, numerous studies with impact in the area of area / European research and not only, many of them published in books published in the Foundation for European Studies (EFES). Many studies have been published in prestigious publishing houses either in the country, PUC, POLIROM, EFES, etc., but also abroad NOMOS (Germany), HARMATTAN (France), Cambridge Scholars Publishing (England), etc. Also, the volumes of the series of conferences "Disintegration and Integration in East-Central Europe" which enjoyed at all editions the support of the prestigious European Association of Integration Historians attached to the European Commission, were published by international publishing houses.
A special section of ICE's activity was dedicated to the Institute's conferences organized with a relatively constant periodicity that were held by personalities from the scientific and public academic world, with numerous guests from prestigious universities with which the Institute developed partnerships. The scientific sessions of the Institute took place every year, together with the Faculty of European Studies. Also, in the activity carried out within the research groups of the Institute were trained both the doctoral students of the Doctoral School "European Paradigm" and the master students of the Faculty of European Studies.
Among the most recent ICE institutional partnerships are those concluded with:
- Jean Monnet Cross-border Franco-German Center (University of Strasbourg);
- The Institute of Political Studies of Aix-en-Provence (Marseille)
- Université Paris-Est Créteil
- Gordon College of Education (Israel)
Starting with 2012, within the Institute, there is a research unit specific to the institute around the 2 positions of scientific researcher, a library with an impressive number of volumes, with specific endowments for advanced research. Also, the 50 members of the institute, teachers, researchers from the country and abroad are assigned to the research topics under study.
The European Commission donated to the Institute / Faculty the entire archive of the Committee of the Regions in digitized format with documents of great importance for research in the field of European Studies, this archive being unique in Romania and in Central Eastern Europe.
The institute publishes together with the faculty the journals: On-line Journal Modeling the New Europe, Synergies Roumanie, Studia Europaea all 3 being listed in international databases.
The synthesis of the research activity of the last years confirms the dynamism and the value of the researches within the institute.