Accused of plagiarism, the Romanian Minister of Education resigns

Romania’s Education Minister Sorin Cimpeanu resigned under public pressure after allegations of plagiarism.

Cimpeanu resigned late Thursday after being accused of “fraudulently misappropriating” part of a university course he had taught.

“I have decided to leave my post,” the manager wrote on Facebook. The decision was recognized by Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca.

The former minister allegedly plagiarized 13 chapters from a course he taught at the University of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine.

A survey of PressOne news site discovered that the chapters had already been published by two other university professors.

Cimpeanu had denied the allegations and said he took the course again with the consent of his other authors.

Although Romania has seen numerous allegations of plagiarism against politicians and judges, Cimpeanu would be the first senior government minister to resign as a result.

Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca has himself been accused of plagiarizing parts of his doctoral thesis in military sciences, allegations he denies.

Cimpeanu – who has served as education minister three times since 2014 – was first appointed under a cabinet led by leftist former prime minister Victor Ponta.

Ponta also had to turn in his doctorate amid accusations of plagiarism against him.

The Romanian government has yet to approve an educational amendment – ​​proposed by Cimpeanu – that would impose a three-year statute of limitations on plagiarism charges.

Helen D. Jessen