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The work
The discipline
The fellowship
The team spirit
The quality of education
Forming the elite
Objectivity and rightness
Personal image
Communication abilities
The pragmatismul
International competitivity
Physical training
Equalizing effort
Systems dualitaty
Mission awareness
The academic activity of a student in higher economic education in Romania in the last 10 years decreased, according to the law, from 32-36 hours a week to 24-28 hours, with the tendency towards 20 hours and from 5 to 4 study years. That is almost to half.

Who guarantees it is better this way?

Whether we like it or not, the academic education takes a certain effort.

A tough faculty always "produced" more valuable series of graduates than a easy one.

The British-Romanian University puts its students to a serious and sustained effort in those 28 hours per week, the maximum the law allows. Moreover, a semester has 15 weeks instead of 14 weeks for other universities.

Things should be clear. The British-Romanian University is not easy at all!
Unfortunately, in the last few years course attendance has became an option. Thus, many students have a lot of spare time and tend to become employed, almost full time. Although, they are day time students, they work as commercial agents, software engineers or bodyguards. Some of them may have enough money in order not to work, but they just have fun during classes: in parks, at bowling, at the pool or just staying home and playing games on the computers.

It is not a bad thing that students work.

In other countries, students also work to pay their tuition fees or the rent. But there is a big difference between working in order to attend classes and working "instead of" classes.

At the British-Romanian University, attendance is desirable. Each student has an identity card and this presence in the classroom is committed electronically. Each class of non-attendance represents a 0.1 deduction from the final grade. Any attempt to fraud the electronic system is punished with 0.5 points at the final grade. A future business man should always evaluate the risks of this actions. The risk of not passing the exam is increasing with every absence from classes.

We believe that tuition by correspondence, non-attendance education or over the Internet are proper only for past graduating courses or for people that already graduated an institution of higher education.

We have not said fun should be neglected. The years spent at the University are almost synonymous with fun. But we should postpone it after classes. It will be more fun.
We talked about work and discipline. Together, they produce a positive effect: fellowship, between you fellow students.

University represents the social environment at the age at which you make real friends, for the rest of your life.

Strong and sustained effort made in a special environment creates long lasting relationships between people. These relationships will continue long after graduation and during career.

In order to increase the number of relationships between fellow students, at our University groups are reassigned each semester, so each student interacts with as many fellow students as possible. This method provides neutrality of the groups: there are no "privileged groups, not intentionally or by any chance.
Classic Romanian education is praiseworthy for producing great personalities. Traditionally, it forms individuals. We need exactly this thing for certain professions: in literature, mathematics, philosophy, painting, medicine, accounting.

These are professions in which the individual plays the central role.

Whereas in other professions, current problems are so complex, it needs a joint effort. For example, engineering or business administration are profession in which the team plays the central role.

Like in sports, the team is not just a gathering of individuals. A team means cooperation, coordination and communication.

A team has a leader, a spokesman and also active and passive members. The roles played in a team can change depending on necessities and abilities.

At the British-Romanian University, the team spirit and the ability of working together starts early. How? Through special methods of teaching, evaluation and grading.

In each semester, team-work classes are allocated for two of the major subject matters. The study group is divided into 5 subgroups of 5 students each. Each subgroup receives a problem to solve in a limited time, whether in the classroom, or from one day to another. The students from each team have a leader, who has to "break" the problem into pieces and to assign each piece according to every studentís ability. Then, they meet again and combine their findings. The assigned spokesman makes a presentation in front of the other subgroups, that will ask questions and will "criticize" their solution. The grade obtained will be the same for all the students of the group.

During the four years spent at the university, students will have 224 of this type of exercise, in groups changing frequently their members.

This is also a modern way of using studentís responsibility. Your fellow studentsí grade depends on you. How would you feel if yours team gets a bad grade because of you?
A nice teacher, giving only good grades and does not ask too much study is a "good" teacher.

A severe teacher, who gives bad grades and you are afraid of is a "bad" teacher.

What kind of teachers would you like to have? "Good" or "bad"? I would like "bad". Here is a similar to medicine. The surgeon who does not cut, dose not heal!

It is not easy to be a "bad" teacher. Teachers are human also. Sometimes they got tired of being "bad". Other teachers are too "bad", almost cruel, pushing things too far and start to persecute.

In order to keep this balance and to provide quality for education, we have a different system.

The education process within British-Romanian University will be recorded audio-video and grades statistically analyzed.

In other words, teachers will be helped to improve their teaching method and to decrease subjectivity in grading through modern pedagogical lines of action (methods).
Professional and social elites are formed in university. Actually, graduating a good university gives you an important advantage: affiliation to a group of professionals knowing each other very well, who have been together in harsh times, they succeeded, they trust and help each other in their careers.

Would you like to be part of this kind of elite?
Our goal is to reward with high grades work and talent. Not through "connection" and "small attentions". Students are at a very sensitive age. If the University gives them good signals, it helps them to discover themselves and it motivates them. On of contrary, if the University gives them signs corrupted by certain "connections" and "interests", the result will be terrible.

Let us take an example of two students of the same group: Alin and Dan. During the semester, Alin realizes he like better a certain subject matter. He is very active, supplemental bibliography in the library, asks the teacher smart questions. Whereas Dan, he hates this subject matter. He does not attend classes because he is not interested. He likes other subjects, but not this one. If he still comes to courses and seminars, he barely hides his yawn. There is no question of asking or giving good answers in class. The classmates notice the difference between them.

The exams are near.

Dan wonders: How in the world am I going to pass this exam? I have three options: to bribe, to use some influence or to crib. Bribe is the best thing. I would probably get an A (10), because I donít have financial problems. What if the teacher doesnít take the bribe? If he doesnít, Iíll put my father to call him. If he talks to the right person, Iíll have an A (10) for sure. Every teacher has also a boss. The only problem is that my father would find out to classes. Another option would be to crib. For theory I could make some cribs, but what about problems? Regarding problems, I could sit next to Alin, he is well prepared. He wouldnít say no because he knows what I could do to him.

The exam comes.

Alin is expecting an A (10). But what if the teacher does not pay any attention to Alinís paper and does not recall that Alin was active in class, he might give him a B or maybe a C. It is not easy to look over so many papers on the day of exams. Dan gets an A, but not deserved. A small fraud. It looks very innocent, comparing to the thefts committed in our country. But what are the consequences to our story?

This injustice may put a mark on Alin for life. The memories from the years spent at the University put a mark on us and influence the rest of our life. Alin understands better the reality in which he lives, but his ideals vanish and may become weary of life and limits himself. Anyway he gets aversion to this subject matter, and society misses the chance of probably having in 10 years time a well prepared specialist within that field.

Dan consolidates his opinion that it does not worth working. It is a pity that he lives in this spirit his whole life, so he tries to swindle, to bribe or to use influence. The other classmates witness what happened, it is to imagine this conclusions. They will honestly pity Alin and try to imitate Danís behavior.

To us it seems like a nightmare, but through a "snowball effect" can lead to a society crisis on the long run.

A few conclusions:

We protect the students in this period of education building., through rightness and objectivity. We do not alter ideals.

We reward the effort and the talent. We punish the laziness and the fraud trials.

The parents ready to use their influence and their money in order to artificially "rise" their childrenís grades, should make the difference between a diploma and education.

The education without diploma sometimes works. Bill Gates and Thomas Edison are well known examples of self-taught people. Mark Twain said with a sense of humor: "I never let the school interfere with my education."

However, a diploma without education is dangerous for individuals as much as for society. Would you agree with a medical operation performed upon you by Dan?

This is why our university guarantees grading objectivity. In an ideal world, objectivity is provided by people. In our world however, objectivity is provided by a rigorous system.

The exams are in writing, all the groups at the same time. The teacher provides 12 variants of exam subjects, from which, on the day of the exam, one is chosen randomly.

Exams are on four numbers, cribbing from classmates not being effective. Page numbers are added to every sheet of paper marked and signed by the exam coordinator in the exam classes. The supervising personnel is neutral and outside subject matterís field.

The exam papers are "set up" and registered at the archives with added papers numbers. A commission looks over the exam papers. They are kept in the university archives for further references.

Rather complicated, right? But it worth it.
In our university we pay special attention to behavior, conduct and utterance. The image of a person starts with appearance. An appealing, athletic body provides a basic pleasant visual contact, very important in order to start a business relationship. For this reason, we emphasize physical training, offering modern techniques of fitness training. The vestimentary appearance of the students is one of the preoccupations of the British-Romanian University. Future specialists should get used to looking good. In our curriculum there are no more than 12 subject matters connected with communication science, destined to improve studentsí written and oral language.
You may have a computer with a performant processor, but it is useless if you do not have the necessary interfaces in order to communicate with the outside world.

A computer with a rather modest processor is more useful in a network, within a system, than the "individualistic" supercomputer.

Unfortunately, the graduate of our schools at every level is somehow an "individualistic" supercomputer. In 16 years of school, he is not even allowed to prompt to a classmate. The evaluation and grading system makes him "solitary", in adversity and competition with every other fellow student. The only "official" communication is with the teacher, as the supreme authority, "the highest in rank", the top of the hierarchy.

Nowadays, individuals, no matter how performant, they are defeated by the systems. In developed countries we notice individuals less prepared than we are and we ask ourselves why? Because they are organized in teams components of a performant system. The individualism is not the best strategy connect to a system.

This is why our university graduate has the necessary communication abilities of a person element of a system, has all the necessary "interfaces".

In our country, traditional education at all levels does not concentrate on this aspect. And the results show up. In an international professional community, Romanians are recognized immediately. We have ( a lot of) ideas, we work (when we have to), we have imagination and we are clever, but when it comes to publicly explain our ideasÖ

At the British-Romanian University we aim at developing studentsí easiness of making presentation publicly, of speaking in public.

Each graduate will leave our university with a personal experience of almost 50 public presentations, graded and seriously analyzed, uniformly distributed during the years spent at the university. This will provide our graduates a real competitive advantage.
In higher education there is a temptation of theorization and over-specialization. A narrow field is a very comfortable one in which you can hide from competition. Especially if it does not assume some practice.

The British-Romanian University intends to educate complete specialists, with practical sense, who can manage real complex situations, in as many aspects of the problem as possible.

Practical examples and real case studies are of the first importance (in education).

Subject matters will have areas of overlapping, in order to deal with as many aspects as possible.

In addition, during the years spent at the university students will also have a main subject matter, which covers all others, in which they will deal with complex problems, as close to reality as possible.
The university will cover those specializations useful in Romania, at international levels, taking economic globalization into consideration.

We give a special attention to studying foreign languages, during the four years spent at the university. Our university intends to invite well known teachers from British Universities, in order to deliver lectures to our students.

Moreover, the British-Romanian University intends to take part of the exchange students programs, especially with United Kingdom.

These methods will provide our graduates international competitivity which they will need considering the prospect of EU integration of our country.
It is well known how important sports are in English higher education. Sports equalize the brain effort, creat a beneficient tonus, exhaust excess energies at a certain age and improves fellow-like solidarity.

Although the Romanian education law lays an important role to sports at all education levels, in reality there are few universities in Romania with sports in their curriculum.

The British-Romania University is one happy excetion. Sports exercise, physical training are compulsory subject matters during the years spent at the university.
Our "traditional" student takes notes at courses, but generally does not care about learning during the semester. The student starts learning in dispair only during the exams sessions, with few days and especially few nights before the exam.

Is this a good thing?

Fitful work has its advantages, but preparation done systematically this way is very frail: information and concepts are uncertain and not understood.

At the British-Romanian University we ask the student to make an effort during the whole semester period. The final grade includes the exam paper, but also the results of the activity during the academic year.

Our students are trained to plan their activities, to uniformly distribute their effort and to apply techniques of time management.
Students memorizing concepts is not considered a goal and should not come in before understanding those concepts. Memorizing concepts is a consequence of the practice but also of the multiple correlation between studied concepts, only after knowledge sedimentation and repetition. Connections made this way favor question asking by the student, that "healthy doubt" in front of cliches, which develops imagination.

This aspect of the Western education system will be completed by the learning capacity and the organized reproduction of the concepts, typical for the traditional Romanian education system, with its beneficial effects on improving intellectual effort capacity.

The British-Romanian University intends to combine the British education system with the Romanian education system.

"He that hunts two hares, often loses both" someone would say.

Actually we try to hunt only one hare: your future. But we use both our legs.
There is feeling of being useless among todayís students. "Why should I study a certain subject matter? What is the use of it?"

If we ask ourselves these things, we can easily conclude. "For what should I graduate a faculty?"

The British-Romanian University emphasizes the mission awareness of the students, as soon as possible, the goals to aim at for each subject matter and lecture.

Our students will learn some things, but also their use. Actually they will start with their use, setting certain objectives, and only then they will start to study.

This line of action (work) creates a feeling of utility motivates and trains studentís responsibility sense towards his own education.
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