Babeș-Bolyai University in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca came first again in the ranking of Romanian universities compiled by Universities Metaranking and published by the Ad Astra Association of Romanian Scientists.
This is the fifth time in a row that the university has occupied first place. Universities Metaranking measures universities based on their performance in international rankings of higher education institutions, states the communique of Babeș-Bolyai University. The communique also states that out of the 97 Romanian universities, only 28 state universities appear on different international lists, a decrease of 30 compared to 2019.
“Romanian Universities occupy different positions in international rankings of universities. There is fluctuation of some level that’s visible among the rankings; the Universities Metaranking is thus necessary for the most certain conclusion to be made from a summary of these rankings. Of course, the fact that this has happened for the fifth year in a row makes me happy, and I congratulate our scientific community! But this should not mislead us or other universities in the ranking. If the policies developed to support academic competitiveness do not come into force soon, Romanian universities will unavoidably regress, and in the best-case scenario, they will [become mediocre] and have a negative effect on the competitiveness of the country and the wellbeing of the people.” – the communique quotes Daniel David, university professor and rector at Babeș-Bolyai University.
The Universities Metaranking was launched in 2016 by the Education and Research Portfolio and was continued by the Ad Astra Association of Romanian Scientists.
Babeș-Bolyai University in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania, is the largest university in the country and was founded on May 12, 1581, when István Báthory, Prince of Transylvania, issued a Diploma founding the Major Jesuit College in Cluj (Academia Claudiopolitana Societatis Jesu).
The founder wished for this Major College to be an institution similar to the established universities of the time and to include courses in Grammar, Humanities, Rhetoric, Philosophy and Theology. Latin, Hebrew and Greek were taught at the college, and graduates could earn the titles of Baccalaureus, Magister and Doctor.
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