University Lecturers’ Wage Supply

This program was initiated by the Ministry of Education and Culture Hungary and the Márton Áron Professional College, and the Foundation for School was appointed to manage it during the 2004-2005 and 2005- 2006 academic years. Applicants could be university full time lecturers teaching partly or totally in Hungarian language in one of the Romanian higher education institutions – universities. The grant-based wage supply, besides aiding lecturers, was also meant to support full-time PhD students participating in the educational program of the institution. The aim of the grant was to support Hungarian-lecturing academic staff of public universities, especially to improve the financial situation of young people starting out on a career. Assessing criteria were set according to three age categories and the institutional status. Lecturers under the age of 35 with a PhD degree had a privileged status in obtaining the grant.

The grant usually was announced at the beginning of each academic semester by the Foundation for School via written and electronic media sources. Using a private data-base, the announcement and application forms were sent directly to the target group. After processing and assessing the incoming applications, the Curatorial Board of the foundation took decisions on winners, and the lucky applicants received their grants via bank-transfers.

During the 2004-2005 academic year the foundation has supported 901 applicants with a total amount of 20,876,784 HUF, while during the 2005-2006 academic year 499 applicants were granted.

68.9% of the applicants came from the Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, 19.7% from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Târgu Mureş, 1.5-3% are employees of the Protestant Theological Institute, Cluj, the University of Drama, Târgu Mureş, the Technical University of Bucharest and the Roman-Catholic Theological Seminar of Alba Iulia. The number of applicants teaching part-time in Hungarian language is under 1%, and they come from the Transylvania University of Science, Braşov, the Petru Maior University of Science, Târgu Mureş, the Technical University and the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca and the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy of Cluj.

Winner applicants grouped according to their status in a higher educational institute during the three academic years

1st semester
2nd semester
1st semester
Full-time PhD student 74 72 118
Instructor 32 30 30
Assistant lecturer 110 104 104
Lecturer 96 142 143
Associate professor 74 44 46
Full professor 52 53 48
Tutoring professor 7 5 6
Part-time lecturer 0 4 4
TOTAL 445 454 499

The grant became very popular especially among young persons teaching at university level, therefore more than 90% of entitled persons applied for the grant. The University Lecturers’ Wage Supply Grant will be announced also in the 2006-2007 academic year.