As part of the efforts to strengthen the bonds between our countries, on December 15, 2017, the Ambassador of Peru to Romania, Ambassador María Eugenia Echeverría, made a working visit to Timisoara, where she held meetings with the Prefect, the Mayor, the President of the County Council and the Vice-chancellor of the West University.
During meeting with the Prefect of Timisoara, Mrs. Eva Georgeta Andreas, and the President of the County Council, Mr. Calin Dobra, the participants agreed that, after the bilateral relations, an active cooperation at the regional and municipality level would have a positive effect. They decided to encourage the missions of Peruvian exporters that arrive at Bucharest to go also to Timisoara, a city with important industrial groups, and which remarks through the agricultural development and food industry.
Subsequently, our Ambassador was received by the Mayor of Timisoara, professor Nicolae Robu. In order to deepen the cultural cooperation, Mayor Robu invited the town Trujillo to participate, from July 4 to July 8, 2018, in the 29th edition of the folk festival “Festival of the Hearts”, an event included in UNESCO’s cultural agenda and which gathers every year thousands of artists and Romanian and foreign public. This invitation is being made within the framework of the Timisoara – Trujillo Twinning Agreement, in force since 2010.
Finally, the Peruvian Ambassador met with the Vicechancellor of the West University, professor Dana Petcu. This renowned university has 11 faculties and 15,000 students. Two Nobel laureates, the writer Herta Muller and the mathematician Titu Andreescu, are among his former students. Currently, two Peruvian students are studying at this university due to scholarships provided by the Romanian government. On this occasion, the Vice-chancellor Petcu signed the draft of Cooperation Agreement between the West University and the National University of Trujillo (UNT), leaving the document ready to be signed by the UNT representatives. This agreement would open the possibility of promoting the exchange of both students and teachers, with funding from the Erasmus Plus program, as well as the development of activities of cooperation in other areas. The Ambassador of Peru gave professor Petcu a set of complete works of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.
Timisoara is the largest city from the west of Romania and the largest cultural, scientific and business center of the Banat region, as well as one of the largest economic centers in the country. Near the border with Serbia and Hungary, Timisoara has a good transport and communications infrastructure, acting as a corridor between the Central Europe, the Balkans and the cities of Southeast Europe. It has been elected as “The European Capital of Culture” for 2021, promoting its multiculturalism (29 ethnic minorities and 17 religious groups) in an active way.
Bucharest, December 18, 2017