The rector of the “Ovidius” University in Constanta, Tiberius Epure, was arrested by the anti-corruption prosecutors yesterday after being caught red-handed while receiving the 4,000 euros bribe for the college exam this year, judicial sources said, quoted by Mediafax. The rector is suspected of having previously received another 6,000 Euros. Epure was taken to hearings together with other people who were, it seems, the whistleblowers in this case, the sources say. Previously, the rector’s office, as well as his home, were raided and sealed. The officials of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) did not want to give any explanations in this case. At the Ovidius University in Constanta an action of the DNA Bucharest takes place, but, having in view that the investigation is still on, we cannot give you any information”, Gabriela Balaban, the spokesperson of DNA said for HotNews.ro.
Epure is the vice president of the Economic Sciences Committee inside the Titles, Diplomas and Certificates National Attestation Council (CNATDCU), since September 2012, and, at the beginning of July this year, he became the vice president of the National Rectors’ Council. According to his site, Danut Epure is part of the Board of the Economic Faculties Association in Romania (AFER) and is a founding member of the Scientific Management Society in Romania. At the same time, he is a founding member of the Food Industry Specialists’ Association – in education, research and production (ASIAR). The rector said on Sunday that “the admission exam 2013 was a real success” and that the Ovidius University in Cosntanta had a “record number of students who applied, the greatest number in the entire history of the University”, according to the local paper “Ziua de Constanta”.