President Iohannis: A classification of universities should support any future educational reform

President Iohannis: A classification of universities should support any future educational reform

Bucharest, August 9, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

President Klaus Iohannis in Galati on Tuesday said at the opening of a Romanian Student Organisations’ Forum that a classification of the universities “reflecting the natural diversity of the missions undertaken” should support any future educational reform.

The head of state said that the number of students in Romania continues to decline for demographic reasons, and also for reasons related to the universities’ capacity of drawing possible valuable students from deprived socioeconomic backgrounds or from abroad through higher education internationalising strategies. The President pointed out that a student-centred learning, attractiveness of a teaching career and the quality of the teaching process are those lending quality to the educational process at the Romanian universities.

“Unfortunately, there are first and master’s degree programmes under which professors still dictate from book chapters, instead of stimulating the creativity of the students and the critical reasoning. We do not only waste potential through school dropout or failure to pass the national evaluation exam or the Baccalaureate, but also through the lack of access to quality higher education programmes designed to enable students to generate their own life-time training. The number of students in Romania continues to decline, for demographic reasons, but also for reasons related to the universities’ capacity of drawing possible valuable students from distressed socioeconomic backgrounds or from abroad, through higher education internationalising strategies. The universities need to better define the mission and the socioeconomic context to which they respond. That is why, I believe that making a classification of universities reflecting the natural diversity of the missions undertaken should support any future educational reform,” Iohannis said.

He added that he supports the allotment of a higher percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for education and research spending.

President Klaus Iohannis is participating in the opening of a Romanian Student Organisations’ Forum, hosted by the Auditorium of the Lower Danube University of Galati, event attended by over 350 students from 17 university centres nationwide.

Source: Agerpres