The availability of low-cost education is one of the USPs of the Romanian education system. This specialty has enhanced the flow of education in Romania and has created a rich educational history.
Titu Maiorescu University, in the heartland of the country, is striving to continue this rich legacy.
Titu Maiorescu University (TMU) was founded in 1990, first as Titu Maiorescu Independent University, under the leadership of Rector Avram Filipas. The first study programs taught at Titu Maiorescu University were in the fields of Law, Economic Sciences, Arts, Electromechanical Engineering, Horticultural Engineering, Medicine, and Dentistry.
The university has developed continuously according to the socio-economic and labour market requirements. Currently, it is a comprehensive private university with ten faculties that provide a diversified educational offer on all three cycles: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD.
TMU is the only Romanian private university with the full spectrum of Bachelor’s degrees in health education (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Pharmacy), Informatics, Law, Psychology, Communication Sciences and International Relations, Economics Science, numerous master’s programs, and three doctoral schools (Medicine, Dentistry, and Law), which are active both pedagogically and scientifically.
Matching the Modern Demands
To promote quality, innovation, and performance in education, TMU offers students the best facilities for learning. It’s a modern campus of over 30,000 m2, with fully equipped lecture rooms and amphitheatres, state-of-the-art medical laboratories, IT networks, video-conference equipment, student dormitories, a cafeteria, sports facilities, and private medical services.
TMU has accelerated its effort regarding internationalisation by developing and authorising two study programs taught in English: Medicine in English and Dentistry in English. Also, international students interested in studying in Romanian are offered the opportunity to learn the Preparatory Year for the Romanian Language.
This has increased the number of international students, so currently, there are over 800 international students from 30 countries studying at TMU, mostly in the health study programs.
Making the Presence Felt in Labour Market
Placing itself not only by name under the spiritual authority of Titu Maiorescu, the parent of Romanian culture and modern civilisation, Titu Maiorescu University has made the quality of education and research a real escutcheon of honour.
The education provided by TMU is focused on ensuring resilience, innovation, and competitiveness. The mission of the university is centred on providing students with exceptional educational experiences and equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to successfully integrate into a global, competitive, and digitised labour market.
Staying True to the Values
Titu Maiorescu University built its existence and continues the development of the assumed mission based on the following core values:
- University autonomy
- Quality assurance
- Social responsibility
- Equality and equal opportunities
- Managerial and financial efficiency
- Academic freedom
- Student-centred education
- Inclusive education
Drivers of Innovation
The success of TMU relies on the efforts, energy, and know-how of all the founders of the university, who envisioned TMU to become a prestigious higher education institution in Romania and abroad.
This would not have been possible without the strong university leadership and vision of the President of the University, Prof. Iosif R. URS, PhD, who made the best administrative decisions (and not only) for the success of the university. In terms of academic and curricular development, the university is grateful to all those who proudly and responsibly assumed the role of Rector over the years: Prof. Avram FILIPAS, PhD, Prof. Iosif R. URS, PhD, Prof. Smaranda ANGHENI, PhD and, currently, Prof. Daniel COCHIOR, MD, PhD.
Equally valuable are the joint efforts and the value of teaching staff, students, alumni, and each employee of the university, who, through dedication and loyalty, bring their contribution to the success of the university.
Creating Noble Professionals
TMU plays an important role in medical education in Romania, training the next generation of highly skilled healthcare professionals. Apart from being the only Romanian private university that provides a full healthcare education and one of the very few Romanian private educational institutions to be entitled to organise doctoral studies in Medicine, Dentistry, and Law, TMU is also the only Romanian private university coordinating Residency postgraduate programs in Medicine and Dentistry.
TMU also contributes to the quality of education in Romania by constantly investing in the university’s infrastructure and adapting teaching and learning to the labour market requirements.
Extension of Capabilities
In September 2021, TMU inaugurated a brand-new building, which is an extension of the medical campus. The new building has five amphitheatres, 18 state-of-the-art laboratories, two lecture rooms, a library, and a café.
In September 2022, TMU completed the process of rehabilitating the headquarters of the Faculty of Law and Psychology, which turned into a building with increased energy efficiency and modern facilities.
The major objective of the university is the establishment of Titu Maiorescu University Clinical Hospital, with an area of approximately 12.000 m2. The building is in the stage of finalising the technical project. The hospital will strengthen the clinical facilities and will improve the quality of medical education at TMU.
Finding Ways through Adversity
The COVID-19 pandemic had an unprecedented impact on education worldwide, and Romania was no different. To adapt to the conditions imposed by the authorities, TMU has taken the necessary measures so that it can continue its activity and deliver the same quality education to its students.
By implementing Microsoft Teams, the customised platform developed in collaboration with Microsoft, the university was able to organise online classes for all faculties and hybrid classes for Medicine and Dentistry. Thanks to this platform, the university staff were able to work remotely and participate in online meetings.
The university’s digitalization process also included the development and improvement of the admission portal, as well as the organization of the admission exam for Medicine and Dentistry in English exclusively online to facilitate the participation of foreign candidates.
In terms of the Erasmus+ exchange Programme, due to the impossibility of travelling to the host country, TMU organized blended mobilities (both online and in-person). The promotion of the Erasmus+ Programme was also carried out online, through social networks, and through the online organization of the ‘Erasmus Open Doors’ event.
Last but not least, the University’s Career Counselling and Guidance Center continued its activity by organizing online career events and webinars for students, but also one-to-one online sessions.
Giving Back to the Society
TMU students can get involved in the extracurricular activities organized by its student associations: ASM (TMU Student Association) and AUMAM (Medicine and Nursing Student Association).
They organize various activities and events for students, both social (concerts, freshmen proms), as well as workshops on various medical topics (first aid, HIV/AIDS prevention and sexuality education, medical manoeuvres, etc.) but also social and fundraising campaigns.
Sports lovers can get involved in sports activities such as karate or kickboxing.
Connecting the Borders
The Erasmus+ Programme of the EU is an excellent opportunity for global exposure, which allows students to benefit from an international experience, applying for a study or traineeship mobility abroad at a partner university or organization.
The uniqueness lies in the expertise that TMU has regarding the Erasmus+ Programme and the emphasis it places on encouraging both local and international students to apply for such mobilities. 75 per cent of its outgoing mobilities are traineeship mobilities, which shows a high interest of the students to improve their practical skills and intercultural competencies and better prepare for the labour market.
TMU implemented the Erasmus+ Programme in 2005 and has been organising mobilities ever since. Over the years, the university has concluded numerous cooperation agreements with universities from Europe and outside Europe.
Apart from the Erasmus+ exchanges, TMU students also benefit from internationalisation ‘at home,’ participating in lectures given by visiting professors from abroad or in the annual international conferences organized on the university campus, attended by teaching staff and renowned researchers from prestigious international universities.
Strengthening the Roots
In the future, TMU will strengthen its position in the European and international academic environment and will focus on increasing the number of international partnerships and international students. The university expects the number of English-taught study programs to increase, especially in the attractive fields for international students (Business Administration, Psychology, Informatics).
Another way of aligning with European and international standards in education is the development of BA and MA degrees in partnership with other prestigious universities (joint degree), PhD degrees in co-supervision, and affiliation to the international university consortia.