On the Day of the Romanian Engineer, the Technical University of Moldova hosted the conference of the Boards of Directors of five universities, among which Transylvania University from Brașov, „Ștefan cel Mare” University from Suceava, Technical University from Cluj-Napoca and „Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University from Iași. The profession of an engineer is considered to be a traditional one in Romania, the first Romanian Technical Corps being established on June 15, 1894.
The Day of the Romanian Engineer is a special celebration for the rector of TUM, prof., Dr. Viorel BOSTAN, who once graduated from the University of Bucharest, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics-Mechanics and his Master’s Degree in Mechanics. The rector congratulated all representatives of the Boards of Directors present at the event, including the rectors prof., Dr. Eng. Ioan Vasile ABDRUDAN, who is also the president of the Council for Institutional Strategic Development (CDSI) of TUM, prof., Dr. Eng. Valentin POPA, prof., Dr. Eng. Vasile ȚOPA, and prof., Dr. Eng. Dan CAȘCAVAL, thanking them for the collaboration, support and cordiality they provide continuously.
The event included a presentation of several projects shared by the 5 universities, namely the Double Diploma program, initially concluded with the “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, followed by an agreement with the Politehnica University from Bucharest, and later with the “Gheorghe Asachi” University from Iași. Currently, TUM has 6 ongoing Double Diploma programs for a Master’s Degree, multiple joint study programs, programs for a Doctorate Degree presently in development, under co-supervision, and forecasts for the initiation of Double Diploma programs for a Bachelor Degree. The rector of TUM considers these programs an important part of the of higher education in the Republic of Moldova, providing an alternative for young people to stay in their home country and continue studying here, while benefiting from studies in Romania during 1-2 or even 4 semesters.
An essential component of the collaborations between TUM and the representatives of higher education in Romania are the conferences and student competitions, among which we note the SIELMEN International Conference, currently at its 13th edition, organized jointly with the “Gheorghe Asachi” University of Iași; The Hard & Soft Contest organized in collaboration with the “Ștefan cel Mare” University of Suceava; the International Competition “Sergiu Rădăuțanu”, hosted by TUM, and many other activities organized for students. A vital aspect in the organization of the educational process at TUM is the invitation of university professors from Romania, some faculties of TUM already benefiting from courses taught by professors from across the Prut.
The collaborations include cross-border projects, TUM having 3 such projects together with the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” in Iași – one hardware project and two others related to automatics, electronics and mechatronics. This year, Double Diploma programs will be developed for a Master’s Degree in these fields. TUM is also interested in joint research projects, as well as ERASMUS projects, the rector mentioning one of the most beautiful events organized 2 years ago – the mini-football tournament, arranged by TUM jointly with Transylvania University from Brașov, „Ștefan cel Mare” University from Suceava and the University of Chernivtsi. Other universities are welcome to join and become part of the tournament, expanding the competition into a Universiade and strengthening university partnerships.
Returning to the topic of Double Diploma Agreements, the representatives of the Boards of Directors have allegorically nicknamed the implementation of the Double Diploma programs “the Romanian version of European universities”.