Ensuring transparency in education and research, regulating and implementing nationally dual professional education, but also improving the transition from upper secondary education (11th and 12th grades) to tertiary education (university education) – are this year’s main strategic priorities of the National Education and Scientific Research Ministry.
According to a Friday press release issued to Agerpres by the ministry, other priorities are aimed at implementing the Strategy for Research and Development and Innovation (2014-2020) for smart specialization and internationalization of higher education.
“The National Education and Scientific Research Ministry has set the strategic priorities and sectoral action plans in 2016 for education and research. Thus, in the next period, the efforts of the ministry will focus on achieving the following strategic objectives: ensuring transparency in education and research, regulating and implementing nationally dual professional education, improving the transition from upper secondary education (11th and 12th grades) to tertiary education (university education) – access and fairness, implementing the Strategy for Research and Development and Innovation (2014-2020) for smart specialization and internationalization of higher education,” the release says.
As internal processes to achieve those objectives, the ministry wants to develop and integrate the Education and Research IT System, develop pre-academic education and the institutional capacity of universities, increase the safety of educational activity and seismic rehabilitation of buildings and dorms, and develop the research and development area in Romania. In terms of legislative processes, it is required to adapt the regulatory and legislative framework on education and research, the release also reads.
Minister Adrian Curaj points to education as driver for rediscovery of national identity
Education should be the driver of a country project aimed at rediscovering national identity and ensuring national cohesion, Minister of National Education and Scientific Research Adrian Curaj (photo) said on Friday.
“I reaffirm my determination and dedication to acting, together with you and all the other institutions of the Romanian state, in a country project where education is the driver for rediscovering national identity and ensuring national cohesion, and make, together with research, innovation, a major contribution to a competitive Romania. It is true that this takes vision and action, but I am convinced that we have them, we only need to make them more visible, be more powerful in expressing them,” Curaj told the solemn session organized by the Romanian Academy on the occasion of National Culture Day.
The minister explained that, with Romania having been a EU member for almost ten years now, following the impetus of the changes produced – the international space opened for getting acquainted with and reinforcing common values, while people enjoy different movement opportunities – we are in a situation where we can no longer limit ourselves to comparing just with ourselves and the models we read about, but “we must compare ourselves to new identities and engage into an exchange of ideas.”
The Minister of Education added that in order to be truly European one must first “profoundly and truly be a man,” and culture is the first to provide such class and in its turn, it is obtained through education.
Adrian Curaj underscored that the construction of a platform for dialogue on Romanian research needs to continue, and this should be an opportunity to have Romanian values return home and a way whereby the cultural heritage under its various expressions can be offered to the entire world .
Finally, the Minister of Education referred to the role school should play today in conveying cultural landmarks.
The Romanian Academy organized on Friday, on the occasion of National Culture Day, a solemn session on “National Identity.”