Una dintre cele mai importante universitati la nivel mondial, University of Oklahoma din Statele Unite, l-a desemnat pe rectorul UBB Ioan Aurel Pop
ca fiind una dintre cele mai importante personalitati stiintifice ale anului 2012. Pentru activitatea stiintifica si publicistica, Ioan Aurel Pop va face parte din International Adult and Continuing Education “Hall of Fame”
, alaturi de alte nume sonore ale educatiei la nivel mondial.
“Ioan-Aurel Pop stands out not only for his scientific and published works but also for his work as the head of several important Romanian and European institutions. Pop was interested in continuing education as reflected in the higher classes in the history of Romania and Europe, after the Renaissance and especially starting with the 19th century. These ideas are incorporated in Pop’s work, concentrating mostly on the region of Transylvania and surrounding areas, which demonstrates the existence of the “Euro-regions of learning”, considera reprezentantii Universitatii din Oklahoma.