Alina-Mihaela Dima and Georgeta-Madalina Meghisan-Toma
The current research aims to identify the main directions to implement sustainability in education through curriculum; interdisciplinary/ transdiciplinary approach; business environment; entrepreneurship and innovation. In order to fulfil the objectives of the current study, a questionnairebased survey was sent by email to UNESCO Chairs from Balkan Region and the responses were analysed using descriptive statistics and factor analysis. According to the results, UNESCO chairs are working towards the main goals for higher education in the EU through some instruments: Establishing the main directions for a quality education; Establishing the relevant directions towards the implementation of sustainability in education through curriculum; Establishing the relevant directions towards the implementation of sustainability in education by an interdisciplinary/ transdisciplinary approach; Establishing the relevant directions towards the implementation of sustainability in education in collaboration with the business environment; Establishing the main directions in the field of education for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Alina Mihaela Dima, Shahrazad Hadad and Iulia Luchian
The present paper is concerned with identifying and synthesizing the directions of development of the partnerships between the academic environment and the business environment found in main research dedicated articles in the last five years in three relevant databases: Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge, Science Direct and PROQUEST Central. The method we employed consists in tertiary data selection, processing and filtering by means of adequate software. The thorough literature review on partnerships between the academic and business environments revealed eight main directions of development: sponsoring activities, collaborative research (research partnerships and research services), curriculum development and delivery, academic entrepreneurship, human resource transfer (mobility of academics, mobility of students), informal interaction, commercialization of property right, and scientific publications. In order to qualify the directions of the partnerships we analysed their definitions, identified their goals and the economic and social impacts that they had.
The paper proposes several indicators for the degree of convergence in the internationalization of European higher education, based on previous research on the topic and on the availability of data in the large repositories, such as Eurostat. Starting from longitudinal data series built using the values of the selected indicators in 2015; we have grouped European higher education systems in clusters, based on their similarity, that is, potential for medium term convergence. These findings may serve as a guiding methodology for further, more detailed investigations on convergence and divergence of higher education systems in Europe. The main limitations arise from the availability of data, more specifically from the lack of in-depth data collection at the European level.
Reta Drăghici, Aurelia Diaconu, Alina Paraschiv, Iulian Drăghici, Gheorghe Coteț, Mihaela Croitoru and Milica Dima
Sweet potato Ipomoea batatas (L) Lam is a drought resistant species with vigorous growth and high productivity adapted to the conditions of sandy soils (Iamandei Maria et al., 2014, Diaconu Aurelia et al., 2016). In terms of Romania, sweet potato are reproduces by shoots obtained under solar. In this respect, the research carried out at CCDCPN Dabuleni between 2016-2017 aimed at obtaining sweet potato shoots in a trifactorial experience, as follows: Factor A - Planting time in the solar (15 March, 25 March), Factor B - Variety (KSP 1 and KSC 1), Factor C - Diameter of tubers (2, 3, 4 cm). The results obtained on the monitoring of solar microclimate influence on growth and development of sweet potato shoots and plant physiological processes (photosynthesis, perspiration, chlorophyll content) underline the importance of the planting period and the quality of the biological material planted in the solar. Observations and determinations of growth rate they have a slow pace in April, when climatic factors have fluctuated greatly from night to day, which increased in the first decade of May, when the shoots saw the optimal planting size of 35-40 cm. The best results were obtained by planting in the solar on March 25, using tuberous roots 3-4 cm in diameter, when there was an intense physiological activity and a large number of shoots on the tuber (9.125-9.980 shoots).