Klaus Johannis celebrates centenary of Romanian-language university education in Cluj-Napoca
Klaus Johannis, the Romanian head of state, celebrated the centenary of Romanian-language university education in the city, which was opened in 1919 by teachers and students of the state universities of Cluj-Napoca.
More than 10,000 students and teachers took part in a parade from the Babes-Bolyai University (BBTE) to the town square, where the rectors of six state universities in Cluj-Napoca, the mayor of Cluj, the municipal president of Cluj County, and finally welcomed the teachers.
In his speech, the head of state encouraged students to engage in social activities. He said that student life was not only a period of professional preparation, but also of conflict of views and of social activism. "I expect you to make Romanian society better, more vibrant, vibrant and competitive!" The president called on the students flagging centennial flags.
Mayor Emil Boc encouraged students studying in Cluj-Napoca to stay in the city after completing their studies and make the life of Cluj-Napoca sparkling.
In the morning, Klaus Johannis attended the centenary of the Babes-Bolyai University, Romania's largest and most respected university. He recalled that he once received his physics teacher diploma here.
He recalled that after the unification of Transylvania and Romania, the Romanian University of Cluj was established in the first year because of the priority it gave to education. Klaus Johannis also praised the current tolerance within the university. He mentioned that the BBTE operates today with Romanian Hungarian and German sections, and this is the result of centuries of coexistence of the three Transylvanian cultures.
Ioan Aurel Pop Rector, who also holds the Chairmanship of the Romanian Academy, opened the 439th Cluj and the 100th Cluj Romanian Academic Year. He said that Babes-Bolyai University (BBTE) is today the largest university in Romania and one of the most prominent in international rankings. It has 45,000 students and close to 2,000 teachers.
At the centennial opening of the multicultural university, Hungarian and German words were spoken in music: the university choir sang one section of the Joy mode in Hungarian and the other in German.
As the local historian György Gaal of Cluj reminded MTI: The Romanian University of Cluj was established after the Romanian administration in the city on May 12, 1919, called for the teaching of Hungarian science in the city since 1872. The professors of the Hungarian Royal Franz Joseph University in Cluj-Napoca refused to take the oath of allegiance, so they had to hand over the main building, clinics and many other buildings built in 1902 to the representatives of the Romanian Board of Governors. According to György Gaal, the Romanian administration received a fully equipped, turnkey university that only had to organize its teaching staff. Teachers of the Hungarian University fled to Budapest, and in 1921 founded the University of Szeged.
The present BBTE resettled during the Second World War, and was established by the Royal Romanian Decree, with a Hungarian-language teaching unit (renamed János Bólyai from 1945) and a Romanian-language teaching unit (Victor Babes from 1947) returned to Cluj after the war. It was created by a 1959 merger ordered by the authorities.