High school graduates rushed to apply for faculties. This year’s surprise came from the Medical Schools, which haven’t had so many candidates in over a decade. 1,500 candidates applied for the 385 non-fee-paying places and 184 fee-paying places at the Faculty of Medicine in Bucharest. Three candidates are also competing for one non-fee-paying place at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF) in Targu Mures. Many argue that it is not the profession as such or the prospect of practicing it in Romania that draws young people, but, above all, the prospect of practicing medicine in hospitals abroad, which offer better conditions and higher wages.
The hope to earn a considerable pay also accounts for the high competition levels at the faculties training the future managers or bankers. Thousands of high school graduates stormed the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, hoping to obtain a place at the Faculty of Finance and Banking or in International Relations. Thus, 8,200 young people have already applied for the 2,700 non-fee-paying places and 1,435 fee-paying ones.
In Iasi, the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University announced, however, that a total 7,800 candidates had applied for enrolment in the university’s 15 faculties, 20 pc below last year’s levels. The university’s representatives claim this is due not only to poor results at the baccalaureate exam, but also to the reduction in the number of fee-paying places. In Brasov, the most appealing faculty was the Sociology one, with 13.5 candidates competing for one place, followed by the Faculty of Economic Sciences, while, in the Wood Engineering faculty, there are fewer candidates than the number of places. Competition for the National Intelligence Agency, training the future intelligence officers, is also fierce, with 510 contenders for the 30 places on offer, that is, no less than 17 candidates battling for one place. The same goes for the Police Academy, despite staff and wage cuts in the system or the adjournment of the final employment date. 2,780 candidates had already applied, by Sunday, at 2:30pm, for the 551 places, that is, six competing for one place. Last year, there had been 10 contenders for one place at the Police Academy.
“Apollonia” University drops entrance without baccalaureate degree
The “Apollonia” University in Iasi, which announced, a couple of days ago, it would accept candidates for the three degrees it offers – dentistry, dentistry technology and communication sciences -, even if they do not hold baccalaureate degrees, dropped this initiative following negative feedback. The chairman of the university, Vasile Burlui, stated, yesterday, that the institution had renounced the idea of accepting candidates without a baccalaureate degree, adding this had been “merely a suggestion” and that he had not expected this would stir “a serious debate on a suffering generation”.