Baba: We were heading for a disaster at UMF Targu Mures, that’s why we stepped in

Education Minister Catalin Baba said yesterday that the Government had to get involved at the Targu Mures University of Medicine (UMF), since the situation at the scene required so: the rector’s term is due to expire late this month, there is no university Charter and the Senate is illegal. “The elections, which have been carried out under a non-existent charter, could not have been validated. We are in a situation with no legally constituted Senate. Aside from the fact that, despite the UMF Targu Mures being a multicultural institution, at the time the Senate had been elected, only the fellow academe in the Romanian section did so, yet not their Magyar counterparts. We therefore are in a rather complicated situation from which, I hope, the university would get out at the soonest,” Mediafax quoted Baba as saying.  The minister added that, in any university, elections must be correct and the rector must be validated by the minister, as provided by the Law of Education. According to the minister, all the problems of UMF Targu Mures could be solved within the Charter of the university. “The safest mechanism would have been that in which the decisions for the university Charter decision were made together by Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, and they were included in the respective document. MECTS never demanded anything else than the observance of the multicultural character. Furthermore, I suggested my colleagues to get inspiration from the Charter of the two multicultural universities, the arts of Targu Mures and Babes-Bolyai. I offer my help, if they need it,” Minister Catalin Baba added.

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