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Members of the Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities - ARUT, represented by rectors and vice-rectors, participated to a working meeting at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca on 22-23 November 2018. At the sessions of the works also participated prof. eng. Ioan Ştefan Groza, PhD - State Secretary within the Ministry of National Education, prof. eng. Claudia Popescu, PhD - President of CNFIS, Ionuţ Stanamir - Executive Director of Romanian Commercial Bank, Reinhard Schuelke - Representative of "Wiley Researcher Academy", prof. Ioan Dumitrache, PhD - President and prof. eng. Radu Munteanu - Romanian Coalition for Engineering Education - "CREDING".


The subjects on the agenda were as follows:

  • analyzing the possibilities of restructuring the Romanian technical higher education system in order to increase its quality and efficiency;
  • analyzing the provisions of the evaluation methodology of doctoral studies and the implications thereof in the implementation process;
  • identification of the possibilities of collaboration with the economic - financial environment;
  • the analysis of the implications at the level of the institutions in ARUT as a result of applying the provisions of EGO 90/2017 - Article 15 on "the obligation to reduce by 10% the payments made in 2018 for the goods and services related to the maintenance and functioning of the institution".

 Following the discussions and the debate on the above topics, the ARUT members decided to submit to the Ministry of National Education, for analysis, the project of restructuring of the engineering studies cycles which aims at better correlation of the Romanian higher education system with the European one and with labor market requirements. Modifications are proposed for the duration of the studies for the three cycles of bachelor’s degree, master and doctoral degrees, the titles and qualifications obtained, as well as the reduction of the number of study programs in the bachelor areas.

It was agreed that the Directors of Doctoral Studies Councils from the ARUT member universities should develop a model / template for the elaboration of the Internal PhD Assessment Report, a report to be applied in a unitary manner. Proposals for modifying / removing performance indicators used for the evaluation of doctoral studies areas that are judged to be irrelevant or impossible to determine with accuracy and which may lead to errors or distortions in the proper conduct of the course evaluation process.

The meeting also set the details of the collaboration with the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), signing in this regard the "Strategic Partnership Protocol ARUT - BCR", which specifies the objectives and directions of cooperation in the field of education and research between the two associative structures.

ARUT asks the MEN to take into account the real demand of the Romanian labor market when allocating the tuition figure for the academic year 2019/2020 and allocating the grants financed from the state budget for the doctoral studies to the Romanian labor market, considering that today there is a huge deficit of specialists in the field of engineering sciences.

ARUT calls on the Ministry of National Education to take all necessary steps to repeal / amend the provisions of Article 15 of the EGO 90/ 2017 on "the obligation to reduce by 10% the payments made in 2018 for the goods and services related to the maintenance and functioning of the institution" given that all member universities, and not only, face particularly serious problems, being virtually impossible to ensure the payment of all utilities, goods and services of strict necessity for the functioning of the institutions. Unanimously, universities have found that this is mainly due to the considerable increases in utility tariffs (gas, water, electricity, sanitation, etc.) in 2018 and, at the same time, the rise in prices and tariffs applied to the acquisition of goods and services, correlated with the increase in the minimum wage on the economy.

ARUT also expresses its surprise and dissatisfaction with the Romanian Government's reduction by 198 million lei of the budget allocated to MEN, given that the universities did not receive the necessary funds to pay the salary for the year 2018 and those remaining from the year past, in accordance with EGO 20/2016 and Law 85/2016, as well as with the decisions of the courts.

ARUT President
Viorel-Aurel ȘERBAN

Rector
Politehnica University Timișoara

 

Mihnea COSTOIU
Rector
POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest

 

Vasile ȚOPA
Rector
Technical University in Cluj-Napoca

 

Dan CAȘCAVAL
Rector
Technical University „Gheorghe Asachi” Iași

 

Radu Sorin VĂCĂREANU
Rector
Civil Engineering Technical University in Bucharest

 

   

 

SCImago Institutions Rankings has published the global classification of higher education institutions and research practitioners for the year 2018. It is worth mentioning that SCImago Institutions Rankings ranked 25 Romanian universities (only those that meet the minimum criteria for the number of scientific papers published).

All five ARUT member universities (the Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities) are in the national rankings and four of them are among the top seven Romanian universities.

University performance evaluation in SCImago Institutions Rankings is based on the following criteria:

          - Research

                    - the total of documents published and indexed in SCOPUS;

                    - percentage of total publications of those made with other institutions;

                    - the normalized value of citations per article;

                    - the percentage of the institution's publications in the top 25% of the top-rated journals in the field;

                    - the dispersal of the institution's scientific themes;

                    - the percentage of the institution's output in the most quoted 10% articles in that field;

                    - percent of the total items in which the main author is part of the institution;

                    - the total number of authors within the institution;

          - Innovation

                    - total scientific production cited in patents;

                    - percentage of the total quoted in patents;

          - Societal Impact

                    - the size of the web (the number of pages associated with the institution);

                    - total of external site visits of the institution's web site.

SCImago Institutions Rankings bases its analysis exclusively on information gathered from international databases, being, from this point of view, outside the influences of data provided by universities.

SCImago Institutions Rankings for the year 2018, globally, comprises 3232 universities, and based on rankings, the ARUT member universities are as follows:

  • Politehnica University of Bucharest - first place at the national level - 459th place worldwide,
  • Politehnica University of Timisoara - 3rd place nationwide - 512th place worldwide,
  • Technical University of Cluj Napoca - 4th place nationwide - 515th place globally,
  • Gheorghe Asachi Technical University in Iasi - the seventh place at the national level - the 535th place at the global level,
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest - 21st place nationwide - 608th place worldwide.

In terms of positioning in Eastern Europe (including Russia, Czech Republic Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosovo, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia , Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova), of the over 1000 higher education institutions, only 141 universities were classified, the ARUT member universities occupying the following positions:

  • Politehnica University of Bucharest - 25th place,
  • Politehnica University of Timisoara - 47th place,
  • Technical University of Cluj-Napoca - 50th place,
  • Gheorghe Asachi Technical University in Iasi - 63rd place,
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest - 126th place.

Press release 

Timisoara, 03-04 may 2018

 

The members of the The Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities – ARUT, represented by the rectors and vice-rector, met between the 3rd and 4th of may 2018 in a working assembly at the Politehnica University of Timisoara. Among the guests that were present at the meeting were  prof.univ.dr.ing. Harald Kainz, president of the Austrian Association of Technical Universities - TU Austria and rector of TU Graz, prof.univ.dr.ing. Petru Andea, Secretary of State in the National Education Ministry, prof.univ.dr.ing Claudia Popescu, president of CNFIS.

 Discussions were held upon the possibilities of cooperation between ARUT and TU Austria. 11 years after the implementation of the Bologna cycle (time length of the study programs, bachelor degree, master degree, doctoral studies), there were made evaluations regarding the proposals linked to the Romanian technical higher education system. Nonetheless, part of the discussion were also the ARUT research projects and the mobility of students and teachers.

 The meeting established the partnership between the Association of Technological Universities of Austria (TU-Austria) and the Romanian Technical Universities Alliance (ARUT). Following the establishment of this partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed. The role of the ,,Memorandum of Understanding’’ is to specify the directions of collaboration in the field of education and research between the two associative structures.

 Taking into account the complexity of the problems regarding the reforms in the Romanian higher education, ARUT members decided to set up a working commission to analyze in detail all the issues involved in this process.

The next ARUT meeting will be held in Bucharest, in October. Until this next meeting, the Commission will present a restructuring project of the engineering study cycles for which discussions were held with representatives of the economic sector, professional associations, universities with a significant technical component in the country and abroad.

 The information package on the inter-university ARUT research grants has been approved. The competition addressed to young people, teachers and researchers from the five technical universities will be launched on May 15, 2018, and the results will be released on September 20, 2018. The allocated amount is approximately 600,000€.

 It was agreed that the Directors of Doctoral Studies Councils from the ARUT member universities should develop a proposal to assess the quality of doctoral studies with relevant and measurable quality indicators in agreement with both Romanian and foreign prestigious technical universities. The proposal is going to be presented at the ARUT meeting in October 2018.

 The inter-university mobility regulation for university staff and students under the ARUT-Exchange program for the academic year 2018-2019 was approved.

 

President of ARUT
Viorel-Aurel ȘERBAN
Rector of
Politehnica University of Timisoara


 

Mihnea COSTOIU 
Rector of
Politehnica University of Bucharest

Vasile ȚOPA
Rector of
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
Dan CAȘCAVAL   
Rector of  
“Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi
Radu Sorin VĂCĂREANU
Rector of
The Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest

 

      

                                              

    

Bucharest, 22-23 February 2018

Press release

The members of The Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities – ARUT officially represented by the rectors of the universities, have met between 22-23 February 2018 in a working reunion at the The Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest (URCB). In this working reunion, part of the guests’ list that honoured the event with their attendances were: The Minister of National Education - prof.univ.dr.ing Valentin Popa, The Minister of Innovation and Research – prof.univ.dr.ing. Nicoale Brunete, The Minister of Energy – prof.univ.dr.ing. Anton Anton president of A.R.A.C.I.S – prof.univ.dr.ing. Iordan Petrescu, president of C.N.F.I.S – prof.univ.dr. Claudia Popescu and president of ANC – prof.univ.dr.ing. Tiberiu Dobrescu.

This year is the 200-year anniversary technical higher education in Bucharest, from when  the illuminist and patriot Gheorghe Lazăr founded, in Bucharest, at the monastery Sfântu Sava, “an academy of science, in his mother’s language” where the first engineers used to be trained. The assembly of The Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities (ARUT) at the The Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest (URCB) is part of the series of events marking the double centenary of the technical universities of Bucharest: Politehnica University of Bucharest (UPB) and The Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest (UTCB).

IAŞI, 05-07 July 2017

Press release

Between 5th and the 7th of July 2017, the "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University in Iasi hosted the meeting of the technical university leaders in the country, within  the Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities (ARUT).
The Minister of Research and Innovation - Prof.univ.dr.ing. Lucian GEORGESCU, President of A.R.A.C.I. - Prof.univ.dr.ing. Iordan PETRESCU and President of C.N.F.I.S. - Prof.univ.dr. Claudia POPESCU attended the meeting as guests.

 

 

The members of the Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities - ARUT, which comprises the most important technical universities in Romania officially represented by the rectors and competent pro-rectors, met during the period 04-06 May 2017 in a working meeting at the Technical University of Cluj - Napoca. Representatives of the Ministry of National Education and ARACIS were also invited as guest speakers. There were analyzed topics related to the technical higher education system in view of the elaboration of a new "National Education Law", the research in technical universities, the implementation of the new "ARACIS Standards", the positioning of the technical universities towards the possible criteria / methodologies for classifying the universities and the internationalization of ARUT.

Funds worth 1,277,764,611.54 RON (about 284 million euros) were allocated to universities through the Sectoral Operational Program Increase of Economic Competitiveness (POSCCE). Three of the ARUT universities are placed at the top of higher education institutions when it comes attracting funds in the Annual Report of the Romanian Academic Society (SAR): Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Polytechnic University Timisoara and Gh. Asachi Technical University of Iasi.

Romanian universities face a variety of problems, of which, obviously, the financial ones occupy a major role. In this regard, the concerted efforts of universities and their associations (CNR, ARUT, Consortium Universitaria, Academica Plus) are known to require the responsible actors - the Parliament, the Government - the gradual increase of the budget allocated to education and research. At the same time, the allocation of significant additional funding, taking into account performance criteria, "based on an objective, transparent methodology to whose development representatives of all academic associations should also be involved" (see ARUT Communication of 28.10.16) must further support the increase of educational and research performances and, last but not least, the improvement of the international visibility and image of the Romanian universities. The realization of the "University National Metaranking Exercise - 2016" can therefore be seen in these coordinates.

Members of the Romanian Technical Technological Alliance (ARUT), represented by the relevant rectors and vice-rectors, met on October 28, 2016, at a working meeting at the Politehnica University of Timisoara. Strategic aspects regarding the conditions and perspectives of the technical higher education were analyzed in the context of the "National Strategy for Tertiary Education in Romania 2015 - 2020", as well as the current problems faced by the Romanian universities.

Four of the five founding universities of the Romanian Alliance of Technical Universities (ARUT) are among the top 10 universities in Romania, according to SCImago Institutions Rankings for 2016.

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