RFE/RL: Dispute over 'Multicultural University' Re-emerges in Romania

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Subject: RFE/RL: Dispute over 'Multicultural University' Re-emerges in Romania

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Dispute over 'Multicultural University' Re-emerges in Romania

RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 4, No. 13, Part II, 19 January 2000

A daily report of developments in Eastern and Southeastern Europe,
Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia prepared by the staff of Radio
Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Dispute over 'Multicultural University' Re-emerges in Romania

Education Minister Andrei Marga on 17 January said that following
consultations with OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Max
van der Stoel, it has been agreed that the best solution for promoting
a "multicultural university" in Romania is to "consolidate the
existing structures of the Babes-Bolyai university" in Cluj, Mediafax
reported. He said students should be able to take "full degrees" in
either Romanian, Hungarian, or German languages at the university.
Marga is the rector on leave of Babes-Bolyai. Marko said in reaction
that the UDMR continues to demand the setting up of a
Hungarian-language state university. He added that the UDMR supports
the idea of full-fledged degrees in Hungarian at Babes-Bolyai, but
that this requires replacing the present "language groups" with
Hungarian-language faculties and departments. 

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