ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Communist legacy in Romanian universities and the silenced students

Updated on February 7, 2015
Romanian students protesting
Romanian students protesting

Universities don't like criticism

National Alliance of Student Organizations in Romania (ANOSR) draws attention to the increasing number of cases recently where universities have tried to silence by any form students which expressed dissatisfaction with the state education system, sometimes resorting to practices from the communist period.

From intimidation in dean's office, to expulsions or reports made by ethics committees, students are concerned about the fact that this is how some universities choose to respond to the criticism made public on the problems of students in universities.

University of Bucharest logo
University of Bucharest logo
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University logo
Alexandru Ioan Cuza University logo
 Babes-Bolyai University logo
Babes-Bolyai University logo

Examples of Universities that have "punished" critical students

The most recent case brought to public attention is the case of a student at the University of Architecture and Urbanism "Ion Mincu" in Bucharest which, as is clear from the response of the university, was expelled because he gave to the Minister of Education a letter signed by 700 students where were presented problems in university.

A situation unprecedented in the recent history of higher education is at the University "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University who sued their students because one of the university student organizations is using the name of the university in its name. University action comes shortly after the same organization called students in student protests in which they expressed dissatisfaction with the poor conditions of study and fees.

Also the University of Bucharest was the protagonist of a case in which critical voices were punished in the university after a student organizations criticized public the university on several occasions, including organizing a protest in this regard. President of the organization was called to account before the Ethics Commission and received a written warning for allegedly denigrating image of the university.

A case which has not been made public, but was brought to the attention of ANOSR is the case of students from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies Bucharest, which after having been critical of the university at a meeting with Romanian Insurance Agency of Quality in Higher Education (ARACIS) discussed the quality of university education, were summoned to the office of the Faculty of Communication and Public Relations to give explanations for criticism, being threatened with expulsion.

Another famous case in which the university wanted to silence the voice of the students happened in 2011 at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Once the student organization was critical in several places at the university, the university has seized the headquarters of the organization so that it can no longer operate. Despite the fact that the organization has managed after a few months to recover his seat - after numerous actions, the university has now proposed a new University Charter which provided that the students in the Senate and Faculty Board are the only official representatives of students, trying to remove any critical voice from student organizations.

University of Bucharest
University of Bucharest

Students will have lawyers

Students remind members of the academic community that their role is to train and develop critical thinking among the younger generation of Romanian intellectuals, not to annihilate the freedom of expression of all those who dare to notice problems. Freedom of expression is a right which had been fought and won in the Revolution of '89, so ANOSR notes that any violation is an affront to democracy and development of civic spirit among Romanian society.

ANOSR recommends that students who go through such issues to address student organizations in their universities or contact them. Moreover, ANOSR is going to start a project in partnership with Academic Society of Romania that will provide students and student organizations lawyers who support them through all possible legal forms when their rights are violated or are victims of abuse like the above.

Do you agree that students who criticize university to be expelled?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicu 

      3 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      In Croatia communism began a transition to democracy since 80's, but in Romania this transition began only in 90's.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I don't approve of Communism and living in Croatia over the last twelve years has made me see the lives of communists. As a South African Communism is not for me. I find that to be a very tough way of life. Every person has a right to whatever they want to do with their lives.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)