The Universitaria Consortium, which encompasses five of the country’s largest universities, has called for the resignation of research and innovation minister Serban Valeaca, arguing that his recent decisions “have disconnected Romanian research from the international context,” local media reported.
The Universitaria Consortium is made up of the University of Bucharest, the Babes – Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University in Iasi, the Vest University in Timisoara, and the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.
The Romanian research minister recently changed the membership of four essential institutions in the research area. The minister removed from the boards of these research institutions all the Romanian researchers working at foreign universities, as well as many representatives of large Romanian universities such as the Babes Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. In their place, the minister appointed a Social Democratic Party (PSD) local councilor, union leaders, and even a person with a criminal record.
In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, the Universitaria Consortium speaks of the “worrying situation which endangers the integrity of the national research system.”