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Cluj-Napoca

Cluj Napoca is the third largest city in Romania and the seat of Cluj County, in north-western Transylvania. The city is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centres in Romania, the second after the capital. There are 9 universities with more than 85,000 students in Cluj. Among other institutions, it hosts the largest university in the country, Babeş-Bolyai University. Cluj-Napoca is Romania's second-biggest financial and banking center, and it is one of the best developed counties in the country. Its economic potential draws from local resources, many and diverse corporations, a good geographic position and the tradition and expertise acquired in most industries. Website:

Regarding the ceramic industry the town is having an important background through the fine porcelain and it was a very important attraction point in this industry in the past, represented by Iris porcelain factory. But now, the ceramics sector is no longer economically relevant in the region, with the last big manufacturer (ISIS) disappearing with the economical changes that followed the change of regime, but a fabric of small familiar companies and craftsmen active in ceramics still exists.

The main challenge for Cluj is to be able to “build on its heritage and foster a renewal of its traditional sectors, with a view of a sustainable growth that is key for the future of the city”.

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