ROMANIA: Diplomas of private university illegal

Romania's Education Minister has labelled as illegal the graduation diplomas of 100,000 students who took low-attendance classes at the country's largest private university, Spiru Haret, after a scandal over college credentials, writes Oana Dan for Miercuri.

The diplomas will be annulled by the Ministry which appointed its control body in charge of doing a thorough check-up of faculties at Spiru Haret. The decision affects 44 education centres countrywide and nine abroad, Education Minister Ecaterina Andronescu said last week. Students stand a chance of having legal diplomas only by taking a graduation exam at a state-run faculty.

A scandal over the university's unaccredited education specialisations broke recently when the Minister decided to lift its authorisation after several irregularities regarding curricula papers had been exposed. The university last filed for an official license five years ago, for five of its distance learning departments.
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