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Dear colleagues, dear students,

The National University of Physical Education and Sports in Bucharest represents, for over nine decades, one of the elite universities in Romania.

Currently, our university trains specialists with graduate and postgraduate studies in its own field of activity.

The priority of the university is to develop the quality of higher education at European level. Consideration is given to reorganization by adopting a cycle-based system, whose implementation has already started in 2005, encouraging student and teacher mobility, partnering with students in order to make decisions and turning lifelong learning into reality.

The university benefits from good education conditions that provide solid theoretical and practical training. Research projects, educational programs and cross-border academic links place our university in a high position as regards the quality standards of education at European and World levels.

As Rector of this university, I would like to meet the expectations of students, assuring them of our efforts to diversify the range of educational offers, along with our support in their professional training.

Valuing our expert academic teaching staff, I will continue to support the fostering of modern quality standards that effectively combine theory with practice, within flexible programs based on modular education.

We are proud of our graduates who work both in the country and abroad, promoting with responsibility the education and training received during their student years.

We are able to take on future challenges and train enthusiastic professionals that promote our university all over the world.




Prof. PhD Florin PELIN


The National University of Physical Education and Sports wants to promote the choice of a healthy lifestyle by practicing sport and maintain its leadership position amongst specialized institutions by providing excellent facilities and attracting dedicated people and elite specialists. 



Collaboration and teamwork

Competitiveness through fair-play



Winning spirit


We want to remain at the forefront of knowledge and best practices, to be recognized as the best.

Our history challenges us, we are CHAMPIONS FOREVER!

Brief history

The NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS (UNEFS) in Bucharest was established by the Law on Physical Education promulgated on 15 June 1923 and published in the Official Gazette no. 59 of 17 June 1923, under the name of NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION (INEF). This name has changed during its existence up to the current one, attributed by the approved amendments to the Government Decision no. 749/2009 and published in the Official Gazette of Romania, 1st Part, of 12 October 2009.

Names of the institution over time:

  • 1922 - National Institute of Physical Education (INEF)
  • 1929 - Higher Institute of Physical Education (ISEF)
  • 1937 - National Academy of Physical Education (ANEF)
  • 1942 - Higher School of Physical Education (ŞSEF)
  • 1945 - National Academy of Physical Education (ANEF)
  • 1948 - Institute of Physical Education (IEF)
  • 1950 - Institute of Physical Culture (ICF)
  • 1968 - Institute of Physical Education and Sports (IEFS)
  • 1990 - Academy of Physical Education (AEF)
  • 1992 - National Academy of Physical Education (ANEF)
  • 1993 - National Academy of Physical Education and Sports (ANEFS)
  • 2009 - National University of Physical Education and Sports (UNEFS)

The first higher education institution for the training of physical education teachers in Romania began its courses on 1 December 1922 in Bucharest. It was the 10th institution of this kind in the world and the 5th in Europe.

The activity started under the leadership of General Prof. Virgil Badulescu, who received the support of the Royal Family, especially His Majesty King Ferdinand I, of Dimitrie Gusti – Director of the People’s Culture House and Professor Vasile Parvan.

After its establishment, INEF receives support from the Ministry of War (spaces, land and money), the Ministry of Public Instruction and some Bucharest faculties. Benefiting from dual subordination (the Ministry of War and the Ministry of Public Instruction), the organization of the activity included three sections:

  • University Section - 4-year studies, training teachers for the education system;
  • Military Section - 1-year studies, training specialists for the Army;
  • Amateur Section - an “initiation” center open for people wanting to practice physical exercise.

Since its first years of existence, UNEFS has enjoyed an elite teaching staff. Several outstanding personalities of the Romanian science and culture taught at this institution.

The first class of physical education teachers graduated in 1926 and, among them, many were to become remarkable personalities in the field.

Since its establishment, the classes of graduates have succeeded uninterruptedly and, throughout the years, great athletes, honored coaches, successful managers and businessmen in various areas, people with responsible positions, institution leaders in our field and not only, true ambassadors of Romania, studied, trained or completed their training in this institution.

Currently, the Bucharest UNEFS, a public higher education institution with legal personality, operates based on the Romanian Constitution of 1991, the Education Law no. 84/1995 (republished), the Teaching Staff Statute no. 128/1997 and the Law no. 288/2004.

The activity is carried out according to the UNEFS University Charter and own regulations.

In the European Union classification system, UNEFS is defined as an “A” level education and research institution that brings together all basic areas of scientific knowledge related to man, education, health, culture and society. Study programs are in line with the Bologna Process, and the University has been awarded the Erasmus University Charter, having partnerships with universities from the European area.

At the external evaluations of 2009 and 2017, the ARACIS Council awarded the University a High Degree of Confidence rating.



Over 80% of teaching and administrative activities take place in this area.

The headquarters include:

  • Rector’s and Secretariat offices
  • Administrative offices
  • Interdisciplinary Research Center
  • Computerized library
  • Conference, seminar and methodological rooms, laboratories
  • Central playground for sports games
  • Sports halls/gyms/rooms: sports games, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, combat sports, fitness
  • Student accommodation rooms
  • Discobolul Publishing House and Printing House

Both educational spaces and student accommodation spaces are completely renovated at European standards, providing ideal conditions for training, relaxation and comfort.


This three-story building raised between 1969 and 1972, with a unique architectural design in our country, is located in the Parang Mountains, at an altitude of 1700 m. The Centre provides 210 accommodation places, a canteen, a classroom, a sports hall, a recovery unit, methodological rooms, a library and has its own facilities for maintenance and functioning.

·         For practicing winter sports, there are slopes for beginner, advanced and performance skiers, equipped with ski lifts;

·         Students attending the skiing and tourism courses enjoy wonderful landscapes and an unforgettable atmosphere.


The Training Centre built in 1927, with an area of over 9,000 square metres, consists of a sports hall, accommodation, a canteen and classrooms.

It allows performing teaching activities and practicing Swimming, Lifeguard Swimming and Rowing activities, as well as the organization of sports training camps and holidays for students, teachers and other categories of personnel.


This Training Centre entered the UNEFS patrimony in 2003, through the administration right granted by the Ministry of Education and Research. It includes a built area of 2,534 square metres and a land area of 17,405 square metres.

The stadium has a statutory-sized lawn playing field, stands for about 15,000 spectators, locker rooms, a medical room, a regeneration-recovery unit, a mini-canteen, a power lifting room, accommodation and administrative offices. It is equipped with its own heating station and maintenance facilities.

Accreditations and Certifications

Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Accreditation and Certification Authorities