The Faculty of European Studies started its activity under the name of School of Higher European Comparative Studiesin 1993-. In May 1995 the official name of the institution became Faculty of European Studies. ERI was created as a result of UBB’s Senate Decision dating from13.05.2003.In 2016, ERI received the stuts of a research-development and innovation unit of excellence operating within the Faculty of European Studies. ERI’s activity is financially suported from the Faculty’s extra-budgetary resources and its research grants. ERI is part of the strategic research infrastructure of Babes-Bolyai University (UBB r-platform) and is included in the distributed network of units of excellence of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (STAR-UBB).
The Institute has carried out its entire period of scientific activity through numerous national and international scientific grants, numerous studies with high impact in the European research field and not only, many of them being published at Foundation for European Studies Publishing House (EFES) and in prestigious publishing houses either in the country, Cluj University Press (PUC), POLIROM or abroad at NOMOS (Germany), HARMATTAN (France), Cambridge Scholars Publishing (England), etc. ,
A special section of ERI’s activity was dedicated to the Institute's conferences which were organized with a relatively constant periodicity and succeded to gather numerous personalities from the scientific and public academic world andguests from prestigious universities with which the Institute has developed strong partnerships. The scientific sessions of the Institute took place every year, together with the Faculty of European Studies. Also, the activity carried out within the research groups of the Institute involves bothdoctoral students of the Doctoral School “European Paradigm” and master students of the faculty of European Studies.