Professional Higher Education in Romania: Public Policies, Priorities and Development
November 20, 2018
National University for Political Studies and Public Administration
National University for Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)
On Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, The National University for Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania, hosted the National Summit for Professional Higher Education Excellence, an event that marked the closing of the PROCSEE project (Strengthening Professional Higher Education and VET in Central & South Eastern Europe) in which our university was a partner. The conference was attended by many stakeholders that are interested in the development of this sector in Romania: Government representatives, policy makers, academia members, employers, students, project members and experts.
The main speakers were: Prof. univ. dr. Remus Pricopie, Rector, SNSPA, Minister of Education between 2012-2014; Sorin-Dan Moldovan, Deputy, Commission for Education, Science, Youth and Sports, Romanian Parliament; Flavia Durach, PROCSEE Coordinator, SNSPA; Nicoleta Corbu, Council Member, The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education; Radu Szekely, Education Expert, Director Pedagogic Finnish Teacher Training Centre; Diana Nanu, MRICS, CBRE Romania; Alina Galeriu, Managing Partner, Galeriu & Partners PR; Raluca Predoi, Program Director, International Advertising Association Romania; Eduard Brăescu, Recruitment Specialist, Telekom; Valeriu Frunzaru, PROCSEE expert, Associate Professor, SNSPA; Diana-Maria Cismaru, Senior Professor, PROCSEE Expert, SNSPA; Alexandru Cârlan, PROCSEE expert, Senior Lecturer, SNSPA and Crina Rădulescu, PROCSEE expert, Senior Lecturer, SNSPA.
The event was aimed at: (1) presenting the results of the PROCSEE project at its Consortium level (Belgium, Slovenia, Malta, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Romania); (2) discussing the main opportunities and directions of development in order to strengthen the correspondence between the academic offer and labour market requirements in Romania; (3) pointing to the development potential in Romania of professional education at the university level.
Overall, the presentations engaged the audience into a fervent debate about the PHE sector in Romania, about the advantages of the professional education and the necessary policies to regulate this field.