chapter  6
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Romania: Legacy and Change—Reform of Higher Education and Restoration of Academic Work

The particular set of political, economic, and ideological cir­ cumstances imposed on Romanian higher education and science until the end of 1989 make it a unique case among the formerly commu­ nist European countries. There can be little doubt that the process of ongoing changes in postcommunist Romania has to take into account what has gone before, since those developments represent a legacy from which emancipation is, or should be, sought; they did allow the attainment of a certain level of educational and academic achievement and so cannot be entirely dismissed.