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Higher Education in Romania: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities

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  • Provides valuable insight into the status-quo and the future directions for the Romanian higher education system
  • Constitutes the starting point for generating new national policies addressing current challenges

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Table of contents (13 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-viii
  2. Increasing Participation and Success in Higher Education (Coordinated by Jamil Salmi)

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. Access Patterns in Romanian Higher Education. A Story of Asymmetry and Polarization

      • Robert Santa, Silvia I. Fierăscu
      Pages 13-33Open Access
    3. Access to Higher Education: Losing Precious Human Resources Before the Start Line

      • Cezar Mihai Hâj, Petrişor Laurenţiu Ţucă
      Pages 35-51Open Access
    4. The Impact of Social Scholarships and of Reserved Places for Graduates from Rural High Schools in Improving Access to Higher Education and Academic Performance

      • Diana-Maria Cismaru, Nicoleta Corbu, Valeriu Frunzaru, Cezar Mihai Hâj, Oana Ştefăniţă
      Pages 53-70Open Access
    5. Defining and Measuring Dropout Phenomenon in Romanian Public Universities

      • Claudiu Herţeliu, Daniela Alexe-Coteţ, Cezar Mihai Hâj, Andrei T. Pârvan
      Pages 93-118Open Access
  3. Enhancing Quality in Higher Education. Employability and the Future of Work (Coordinated by Ligia Deca)

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 119-119
    2. Doctoral Studies in Romania: Thriving or Surviving?

      • Simona Iftimescu, Mihaela Stîngu, Delia Lupescu (Gologan)
      Pages 121-140Open Access
    3. Romanian Universities: The Use of Educational Marketing to Strengthen Internationalization of Higher Education

      • Cristina Ramona Fiţ, Cristian Andrei Panţir, Bianca-Florentina Cheregi
      Pages 169-191Open Access
    4. Losing Ground: Romanian Higher Education Since 2006 in Comparative Perspective

      • Alex Usher, Jonathan Williams
      Pages 211-230Open Access
    5. Performance-Based Funding—The Romanian Experience of the Last Five Years (2016–2020)

      • Mihai Păunescu, Andreea Gheba, Gabriela Jitaru
      Pages 231-254Open Access

About this book

This open access book includes a series of relevant policy research articles, elaborared in the framework of the “Quality in higher education: internationalisation and databases to enhance the Romanian education system” project, implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), together with the Ministry of Education. The project aims to develop and implement systemic measures at tertiary education level, leading to an increased quality of the overall higher education system and universities better prepared for labour market requirements and international standards.

The book focuses on areas of interest for Romanian higher education, such as systemic measures to improve access, participation and completion for (vulnerable) students, better promotion of the Romanian higher education to attract students, as well as instruments for a more efficient use of data at higher education level. Each article includes evidence-based policy proposals that could support new strategic initiatives in higher education, including new legislation. Additionally, the collection of articles tells a comprehensive story about the audacity of a higher education system which went through significant challenges to align itself with both European and international trends, as well as respond to national imperatives.

Over the last three decades, since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Romanian higher education has undergone significant transformations, aiming to align itself to the latest developments and trends at European and international level. The National Law on Education no. 1/2011 has set the stage for a full implementation of the Bologna Process action lines, taking into account that Romania was already a part of the largest European intergovernmental process – currently the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) – as a founding member.

However, since the adoption of this normative framework, the law suffered numerous amendments, making it challenging to observe and achieve coherence in its implementation. Furthermore, Romania is also currently redesigning the strategy for the alocation of European structural funds 2021-2027, based on two strategic documents - the new Education and Employment Operational Programme and the National Recovery and Resilience Plan which highlight the reform and investment priorities at a national level.

At the same time, 2021 is a good time to analyze the level of implementation for the objectives and measures included in the National Strategy for Tertiary Education 2015-2020, the Europe 2020 Strategy, and the Bologna Process action lines in the 2010 – 2020 timeframe. Therefore, the present moment may be an important time to assess the impact of strategic documents and actions in the last decade and, possibly, to draft a new National Education Law, better adapted to current realities, starting from the recent initiative by the President of Romania – theEducated Romania strategic vision which was also politically assumed by the Romanian Government.

Editors and Affiliations

  • UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

    Adrian Curaj

  • Global Tertiary Education Expert, Bogota, Colombia

    Jamil Salmi

  • Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), Bucharest, Romania

    Cezar Mihai Hâj

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Higher Education in Romania: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities

  • Editors: Adrian Curaj, Jamil Salmi, Cezar Mihai Hâj

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94496-4

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: S.C. E-NFORMATION SRL 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94495-7Published: 13 March 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-94498-8Published: 13 March 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-94496-4Published: 12 March 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VIII, 274

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations, 59 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Higher Education, International and Comparative Education, Educational Policy and Politics

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