The entertainment show “Cine vine la noi?” (Who’s our guest?), Presented by Doina Stimpovschi and broadcasted every evening, from Monday to Friday, on the TV stations Moldova 1 and TRM.MD, had a special guest on the evening of January 27th – Dinu ȚURCANU, vice-rector for Informatization, Partnerships, Institutional Image and Communication in the Technical University of Moldova. The discussion within the show would bring to the fore the most beautiful and successful actions of UTM, meant to draw the high school students’ attention to the technical-engineering sciences, guiding them to pursue them. And because the success of the disciples depends to a large extent on the involvement and dedication of the teachers, the vice-rector also emphasized the new initiative of the rector of UTM to reward the eminence of teachers in the didactic, scientific and extracurricular activity with laptops, for the first time in Moldova.
Referring to the free preparatory courses for the Baccalaureate exams, which students can traditionally attend at the Technical University of Moldova, the UTM vice-rector Dinu Țurcanu defined them as very successful, because the high school students find them very useful. Now, when the Baccalaureate exams are approaching fast, the Technical University returns with an impressive offer for those preparing for it – free courses for the preparation in mathematics, physics, computer science and artistic drawing – disciplines that are also found in the study program of UTM.
Some statistical data: the courses for the Baccalaureate exams will be held from February 15th until the beginning of May, on Saturdays, between 10.00-12.00 am. The registration takes place online, and the number of requests increases rapidly from day to day. Several District Education Departments have shown their willingness to use school buses to transport entire classes of students to prepare for the exams at UTM. Thus, if last year, for example, there were more than 300 candidates, so far we already have over 400, most showing a clear predilection for mathematics preparation. It is conclusive evidence that many students have understood not only the pure purpose of preparing these courses, but also that science and technology are not so complicated. To further support this interest from students, UTM does not charge fees for these courses, nor does it limit the number of seats, all the more so since we have a lot of renovated spaces, but also teachers who are already waiting for them. There are qualified teachers, who teach these disciplines at UTM, and some of them are members of the ministerial commissions for the elaboration of the different tests for the pre-university cycle.
Even though the organization and conduct of these courses is also seen as a massive publicity pre-campaign for the UTM about admissions, the aim is, first and foremost, to arouse young people’s interest in STEM disciplines and all that means science, technology, engineering, which is widely “cultivated” at UTM. The Ministry of Economy described, in the Strategy of the Republic of Moldova, the important objective of reindustrialization of the country, in which the engineers play a very important role, and the role of the Technical University is to demonstrate to the students that the studies at UTM are of the same quality as the prestigious universities abroad, to which they are oriented. In other words, we do not only want to tempt them with mass advertising, but also to demonstrate to them what opportunities we offer for them. As a result, last year we had double the number of candidates for studies among those who previously attended the training courses for the Baccalaureate exams at UTM.
In the context of the modernization and transformation that UTM is constantly pursuing, vice-rector Dinu Țurcanu pointed out that several classrooms have recently been renovated with more than 300 seats, and an amphitheater went through capital repair – a complete renovation, with furniture, all kinds of networks, but also implementation of modern technologies, because at UTM we also practice teaching in front of large groups of students, which necessarily implies the use of some modern ICT tools in the process of teaching.
In the context of attracting interest to UTM, there is also the organization of the “Student at UTM for a day” campaign, which coincides in time with the preparation courses for the Baccalaureate exams, so that students can explore UTM on the inside, as well. In addition, they are also offered accommodation in UTM dormitories. In order to be convinced of the conditions at UTM, they can visit the desired faculties, also attending lessons, laboratory hours, etc.
At the Admission-2019 UTM showed much openness for graduates of Centers of Excellence/colleges, given that 80 percent of these institutions have technical-engineering inclination. In the same period, the Technical Olympiad is organized, in the fundamental disciplines of UTM – mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, drawing, and the winners are offered a series of facilities upon admission to UTM.
The vice-rector Dinu Țurcanu wanted to underline the initiative of the rector of UTM, prof., Dr. Viorel Bostan, approved the same day by the Board of Directors of the Technical University, to reward UTM teachers with modern ICT tools. It is a new action of the UTM brand, which is pursuing the noble aim of supporting excellency in didactic, scientific and extracurricular activities. The first 150 teachers selected according to the criteria of excellence in the didactic activity will be awarded by the rector of UTM with a powerful laptop. It is the first stage of a great, long-term program, through which the UTM administration aims to stimulate and support teachers with various ICT tools – software and hardware, which they will use in their teaching activity.
The comfort and modern conditions of studies make the difference in education, and UTM is the university with the most advantages in this area.