The Commodity Science was to be found in the curricula of the Commercial Academy for more than three decades under the name of different disciplines such as: Study of Commodities (consumer goods), the Industry and Commerce of Wood, Commerce of Cereals and their derivatives, the Industry, Commerce and Legislation of Oil, to which Applied Physics, Chemistry and Industrial Technology were added.
Since 1954 the Commodity Science Department becomes a distinct structural unit. For some time the Department operated with two specializations: Commodity Science of edible products and commodity Science of industrial products, with corresponding packages of disciplines.
As head of Department, the following professors coordinated it until 1966: Elena Musetescu (1954-1955), Iacob Ionascu (1955-1959 si 1963-1966), Mihai Popovici (1959-1963). Between 1966 and 1985, 1990-January-1992, June 1992 – October 1995, the Department was run by PhD Prof. Dumitru Dima, PhD Prof.Viorel Petrescu: February –May 1992, November 1995- February 1996, PhD Prof. Rodica Pamfilie: 1996 – 2008. Since March 2008 up to the present the Department has been run by PhD Prof. Bogdan Onete.
The curricula and syllabuses have been continually adapted and modernized according to international requirements and in tight connection with the evolution of education and science in the area of commodity studies at a national and international level.
The Romanian commodity science school has brought its contribution to the present initiatives concerning the classical approach to commodity research to promoting modern ideas that include quality assurance and a total quality management, taking into account all the implications of commodities, throughout their entire path. To match this vision, in 1990 the Department changed its name into Commodity Science and Quality Management.
From the Beginning
"Write down, so that the wind don't take away the flowers of your thoughts" N. Iorga
Ever since the appearance of Nicolae Cretulescu Law on 5th of September 1864, concerning the setting up of the commercial schools, the study of commodities has been a constant presence in the curricula of both the secondary and especially the higher schools of commerce.
A new stage in the development of commodity science is to be found at the same time with the emergence of the higher commercial education (Nicoale Xenopol Law in 1913), when the Academy of High Commercial and Industrial Studies from Bucharest started to function.