The students affiliated to the National Alliance of Students’ Organizations in Romania (ANOSR) occupied on Wednesday night the ‘Nicolae Iorga’ amphitheatre of the Bucharest University’s History Faculty. The protest continued on Thursday too. The students demand a share of 25 per cent of the votes needed when electing faculty rectors and deans and a 25 per cent representation within the faculties’ department councils which decide the curricula and education plans.
The Bucharest University has thus become the fourth Romanian university occupied by students, after the West University in Timisoara and the Dunarea de Jos University and Maritime University in Constanta.
After the Bucharest students’ announcement, the students of the ‘Al.I.Cuza’ University in Iasi organized similar actions.
The students also asked for decent living conditions in students’ hostels, up-to-date university courses and the earmarking of 6 per cent of GDP for Education as stipulated by law.
Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu met the leaders of ANOSR and stated at a press conference that followed the talks that at this moment the legislation stipulates that students should represent at least 25 per cent within professors’ councils and 25 per cent within each university’s senate. On the other hand, the leaders of ANOSR announced that they will not stop the protests.
Also on Wednesday, Marilen Pirtea, the rector of the West University in Timisoara, stated that he supports the students’ action and is proud of them.
The dozens of students that occupied the West University’s amphitheatre continued their protests on Thursday by occupying a public transportation bus on which they rode from one university to the next.