We need zero tolerance for plagiarism, and the new education laws must include explicit provisions on preventing and punishing this toxic phenomenon of the educational environment, said President Klaus Iohannis on Monday morning, at the opening of the university year at the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest.
“If the act of creation is the fruit of freedom, education is the root from which it grows and gives birth to a society with vertical people, able to bring out their talent and skills, both for personal fulfillment and for the common good. For this reason, I am convinced that we need a deep reform of the educational system, to adapt it to the needs of the 21st century and to the European values we believe in. One of these values is integrity, which is why I want a radical, unequivocal paradigm in guaranteeing integrity and ethics in academic life,” said Iohannis.
He added that “the stake in this regard is the very credibility of the higher education system and research in Romania, but also our future as a democratic society”.
“It must become clear that obtaining an academic diploma is an honour and is conditioned exclusively by real merit. An educated Romania will have to be a correct Romania, without any exception,” said Iohannis.
The head of state voiced his appreciation for the stance of the University of Architecture towards any fraud attempts.
“I want this to be an example of public responsibility for the Romanian academic community,” said President Iohannis, according to Agerpres.
PM Ciuca: University education is on Government’s list of priorities
Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca conveyed, on Monday, on the occasion of the start of the new academic year 2022-2023, that university education is on the Government’s list of priorities, adding that the Romanian education system is in full transformation process, and the amendments brought by the National Education Laws reflect “a future-oriented vision”.
“We have every reason to believe in the potential of our youth. (…) The outstanding results achieved in international competitions will certainly help them in the career that everyone aspires to, and our concern is to ensure a future for them in the country,” the prime minister said.
Ciuca mentioned that the deep changes at the global level triggered the adaptation to future perspectives, to the new reality, including in the field of education, and this requires “a responsible and assumed vision at all decision-making levels”, in order to provide children and young people with conditions of study to high standards.
“We are in the process of transforming the Romanian education system, and the amendments we are bringing through the National Education Laws reflect a future-oriented vision. The integration of future graduates into the labor market is their first step in their career, and their professional path depends on this moment. The connection with their potential employers ever since the years of study can boost the level of performance, but also the ability to adapt to the labor market, and this can best be done through the collaboration of educational institutions with economic operators active in the market. The government encourages this approach and, in this sense, we have expanded the dual vocational education at the university level,” the prime minister also conveyed.
“Romania needs a strong education system, adapted to the present generation and capable of responding to the challenges of the future! What we want, at the level of the Government, is that the standards of Romanian education keep pace with the times and provide you with the knowledge you need so that you can bring out your creativity, skill and professional ambitions,” the prime minister also said.