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The Development Of The Managerial Education In A Technical University

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.453.1 - 1.453.7

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Corneliu Berbente

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Session 1160

The Development of the Managerial Education in a Technical University

Corneliu Berbente Politehnica University of Bucharest Romania

Abstract The needs of developing the managerial education system in the “POLITEHNICA” University of Bucharest, Romania, in transition conditions to the market economy are discussed. A cooperative program with the Washington State University, USA, starting with a Center set up to offer consultancy to small and medium size enterprises, was then developed as a Center for Business Excellence (CBE) with a direct influence on the engineering management in the “POLITEHNICA”. Moreover, this cooperation became an incentive and a model for implementation of the managerial education in other technical universities of Romania. The extension of CBE to several university cities of the country is a confirmation of the model consistence. An interaction between the two educational systems - the engineering and the management - is possible to the mutual benefit.

A. Introduction Romania, a central european country, is now in transition from the rigid, centralized communist system to the free market economy. The transition started after December 1989 when the dictatorial regime was overthrown. About 45 years of totalitarianism had dramatic consequences on the higher education as well, first of all on economical and social sciences. The technical universities had less to suffer due to the objective character of natural sciences. In addition, the policy of forced industrialization required engineers capable to introduce and use high technologies. In time, the most talented young people chose to study in a technical university, as they desired to do science and research more freely from political constraints. As a consequence, a large part of the best human resources is now among the graduates of technical universities, constituting a valuable potential that can be retrained with minimum effort and expenses. The main direction of re-training is the managerial education, as the courses taken before in this area were: the “Political Economy” the “Scientific Socialism” and the “Lead of the socialist enterprises”. At the same time, the whole system of the managerial education in technical universities has to be radically changed.

1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings

Berbente, C. (1996, June), The Development Of The Managerial Education In A Technical University Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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