Funeriu: Higher education needs evaluation based on international standards

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The Romanian higher education needs an evaluation based on the international standards, Minister of Education, Research, Youth and Sport Daniel Funeriu told the first international meeting of the Committee for the approval of the strategic projects for the Romanian higher education reform here on Thursday.

The minister underscored the need to use the final results when evaluating the universities and stressed he would back financing the universities based on their scientific results. The president of the National Chancellors Council Ecaterina Andronescu said Romania in the last 20 years has seen very dynamic times as regards the higher education, that has expanded significantly from 125,000 students in 1989 to more than 700,000 at present.

She added that such European programmes as Tempus, Socrates, Leonardo and Erasmus have led to the opening of the Romanian academic climate.
President of the Romanian Academy Ionel Haiduc said his institution is constantly cooperating with the Education Ministry and many of its members try to contribute to raising the quality of education.

The Palace of Parliament is hosting on Thursday the works of the first international meeting of the Committee for the approval of the strategic projects for the Romanian higher education reform.
The meeting is part of an agenda of events held within a complex project on university education conducted by the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education and Academic Scientific Research that is financed by the European Social Fund.

The working agenda includes such topics as the quality of leadership in higher education, the improvement of university management, the research assessment in the Romanian universities, a unified register of all the students of accredited universities and the relation between the research institutes and universities.

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