Over 450,000 students around the country began a new academic year yesterday. Almost 340,000 of them study at public universities, on budgeted and paid places, and approximately 110,000 at private universities. A total of 135 specialisations/university programmes will enter liquidation during the 2014-2015 academic year, following 186 that were terminated in the 2013-2014 year. Festivities marking the opening of the 2014-2015 academic year were organised in Bucharest, at the Polytechnic University, at the National School for Political and Administrative Studies, at the Academy for Economic Studies, the Bucharest University and the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. The Ministry of National Education has ordered controls in the 2014-2015 university year, both directly and in cooperation with the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, to three universities, according to a government decision. The three institutions to be monitored this year are: The ‘Bioterra’ University in Bucharest, following a Report made by the Control Body of the minister of national education, ‘Gheorghe Cristea’ Romanian University of Sciences and Arts in Bucharest, based on an ARACIS communication for missing the deadline for filing the application for institutional evaluation, the ‘Apollonia’ University in Iasi, based on the Report of the Control Body of the minister of national education and of the ARACIS Report on the failure to meet quality standards and the ‘Not trustworthy’ qualification received, the normative act states. ‘The structures and specialisations/study programmes included in the draft normative act, under the law, were intended to: create the conditions for providing an adequate balance of degree studies and master degree studies, engagement of the academic community in prospecting the social and economic demand for university qualifications, in the organisation of student flows and study programmes according to such demand, in order to lead to a notably higher contribution of higher education to the orientation and acceleration of change in our society. For that purpose, university Senates develop strategic plans for institutional development, mainly focussed on study and research programmes and enter into institutional agreements with the Ministry of National Education under which they take public responsibility for an effective spending pf budgetary funds that are allocated to them’, the recitals of the government decision state.