An Irishman's Diary
I first arrived in Bucharest’s Otopeni Airport on a cold, wet Tuesday evening back in February 2008 for a 3 day whistle stop tour.
I’d no preconceptions about Romania; the only memory I had was watching the revolution of 1989 on the television. That said I did have questions.
Like visitors the world over I succumbed to the fatal flaw of trying to absorb too much in too short a space of time. I found myself 3 days later leaving with more questions than answers but an inquisitiveness that has brought me back many times since.
I guess what strikes you first is that it is a country in transition; a country proud of its heritage, recovering from its communist past, coming to terms with its revolutionary rebirth and its emergence as a new member of the European Union.
If you are observant you will see this contrast everywhere, in the architecture, in the place names, in the way business is conducted but most of all you will see it in the people.
True, Bucharest and Romania in general is a cheap place to visit. Accommodation, food, drink and entertainment are likely all cheaper than the city you’ve just left but try to remember that compared to Romanian salaries the cost of living is no better than what you experience at home.
As a tourist your biggest problem is that there are so many places to visit but so little time to see them. In a country rich in tradition and folklore there are an abundance of great places outside of Bucharest as yet unspoiled by an influx of foreign visitors. There’s no real need to go renting a car because the train service is very efficient. Ironically finding places in Bucharest is a little harder; it’s not that they don’t exist but don’t expect to find them in the Bucharest tour guide, they just aren’t there. The internet or just walking the city are your best sources.
As you travel the country you’ll meet Romania’s secret natural resource – it’s people. Once you break through the language barrier and their slightly reserved nature you’ll find a friendly people, interesting and helpful.
What you’ll also notice is the emergance of a middle class within Romania; a youthful Romania of highly educated, professional, eager individuals .
The days of Romania as a communist country on the periphery of Europe are long gone. It is a changing nation, an emerging nation. Watch this space because Romania is changing fast ……………..
The medical and pharmaceutical University, “Gregory T. Popa”, at Iasi, is one of the oldest Universities in Romania. It was founded in 1879 and it is named after the famous neuroendocrinologist, Grigore T. Popa. The University is consisted out of 4 schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutics and Biomedicine Engineering) and 8 medical colleges, while the practice and the clinical trials are taking place in two Medical Clinics. More than 4000 students study at the “Gregory T. Popa” University. Romania has a long standing tradition in the medical field. The Romanian health care system, has been in existence since 1700.
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Romania is situated in the southeastern part of Central Europe and shares borders with Hungary to the northwest, Serbia to the southwest, Bulgaria to the south, the Black Sea to the southeast, Ukraine to the east and to the north and the Republic of Moldova to the east. Roughly the size of Oregon, Romania is the second largest country in the area, after Poland.
Bucharest — the capital city of Romania — is located at the same latitude with the cities of Portland - Oregon; Montreal - Canada; Venice - Italy; and Bordeaux - France.
Located halfway between the Equator and the North Pole, Romania is the 12th largest country in Europe. Romania's territory features splendid mountains, beautiful rolling hills, fertile plains and numerous rivers and lakes. The Carpathian Mountains traverse the centre of the country bordered on both sides by foothills and finally the great plains of the outer rim. Forests cover over one quarter of the country and the fauna is one of the richest in Europe including bears, deer, lynx, chamois and wolves. The legendary Danube River ends its eight-country journey at the Black Sea, after forming one of the largest and most biodiverse wetlands in the world, the Danube Delta.
Romania has a temperate climate, similar to the northeastern United States, with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
About 19,500,000 people live in Romania. Foreign visitors consider Romanians among the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth. Romanians are by nature fun loving, warm, hospitable, playful, with an innate sense of humor.
Romanian (limba română) is the official language of Romania. The name Romania, and its derivatives, come from the Latin word 'Romanus', a legacy of Roman rulers who took control of ancient Dacia in 106 A.D. Romanian retains a number of features of old Latin and also contains many words taken from the surrounding Slavic languages, as well as from French, Old Church Slavonic, German, Greek and Turkish.
Romanian is actually easier for English speakers to understand than it is assumed. If you’ve studied other Romance language, such as Italian, Spanish, French or Portuguese, you may feel at home sooner than you think. Romanian is a phonetic language, so words are pronounced as they are spelled.
Romania's history has not been as idyllically peaceful as its geography. Over the centuries, various migrating people invaded Romania. Romania's historical provinces Wallachia and Moldova offered furious resistance to the invading Ottoman Turks. Transylvania was successively under Habsburg, Ottoman, Hungarian or Wallachian rule, while remaining an (semi) autonomous province.
Romania's post WWII history as a communist-block nation is more widely known, primarily due to the excesses of the former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. In December 1989 a national uprising led to his overthrow. The 1991 Constitution established Romania as a republic with a multiparty system, market economy and individual rights of free speech, religion and private ownership.
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uah.edu/cba | The College of Business Administrations offers students a wonderful opportunity to travel abroad for two weeks and earn 3-6 business credits during the summer semester. Students study with Romanian students at the Romanian American University. All courses are taught in English.
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The evolution of technology and of new learning experiences have always been closely related. As distance learning specialists affirm, the field of distance-learning had three main generations:
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The Past, Present and Future of Online Education Infographic provides a brief presentation of the history of online education.
A brief timeline of online education
- On March 20, 1728, the Boston Gazette ran an advertisement offering long distance instruction. And so teaching outside the classroom had its beginning.
- 1728: Boston teacher offers instruction through weekly letters to anyone in the country.
- 1892: U. of Chicago is first educational institution to offer correspondence courses.
- 1922: Penn State broadcasts courses over the radio.
- 1953: U. of Houston offers course work on TV.
- 1968: Stanford University creates the Stanford Instructional Television Network.
- 1959: Plato is born, the first internet community. Hatched by two U. of Illinois profs.
- 1968: U. of Alberta (Canada) Dept. of Medicine offers online courses.
- 1984: The Electronic University Network, offers online courses using proprietary software for DOS and Commodore 64 computers.
- 1989: Phoenix rising. The University of Phoenix starts its online program.
- 1996: Duke University begins its Global Executive M.B.A. program which combines online technology and sessions on-campus and at various locations throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
- 1999: Jones University becomes first accredited fully web based university; Learning portals, including HungryMinds, Click2Learn, Learn2, eCollege, Blackboard, and others emerge on the landscape.
- 2000: CourseNotes.com launches with dozens of classes at the University of Texas. The service provides professor web sites, including online course documents, calendars, grades, quizzes and surveys.
- Jan. 1, 2008: The term MOOC is coined by Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island.
- 2013: The Open University builds its own MOOC platform, Futurelearn, with universities from the UK. More MOOCs: Open2Study in Australia and Iversity in Germany.
3 Types of Online Education
- 80-100% online courses have no face to face interaction with teacher
- 30-80% course delivered online: Traditional courses using web facilitated courses
- Blended or hybrid: Up to 20 percent of content delivered online: otherwise, traditional face to face classroom learning
10 Surprising Facts about Online Students
- 46% of students say their biggest motivation for enrolling in an online course was to advance their current career.
- 37% of online students were the first in their family to attend college.
- 33% of people taking some online course are studying business.
- University of Phoenix has the largest proportion of online students at 15%.
- 39% of online students fall between the ages of 18 to 29.
- 21% of online students pay for their education using personal funds only.
- 70% of virtual learners are female.
- 29% of online graduates earn $85-150k annual income.
- 60% of students taking an online course are employed full-time.
- 37% of online students indicate that they enrolled because of the accelerated courses, which fast-tracks students to a degree.
Top 10 most popular online degrees
- Business Administration/management
- IT (Information Technology)
- Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
- Graphic Design
- Health Care Administration
- Computer Science
- 25 states have state virtual schools operating in 2013-2014.
- 29 states and Washington, DC have statewide full-time online schools operating in 2013-14.
There were an estimated 1,816,400 enrollments in distance-education courses in K-12 school districts in 2009-2010, almost all of which were online courses. 74% of these enrollments were in high schools. Online courses with the highest level of enrollment fall under the categories of credit recovery (62%), dual enrollment (47%), and advanced placement (29%).