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I would start by saying that if your passion is found in one of these subjects then this is definitely the place to be. You will get to learn about new and up to date things in your field of work and there will always be someone to help you learn more. Most teachers and lab assistants are open minded and experienced.
Unfortunately on certain topics the teachers are older and stuck in their way of doing things, and we can not connect with them that well, but this in not a common thing.
The facilities topic is a bit biased, because it really depends on what faculty you are in, some of them like mine (Computer science) are better equipped than others.
The location is good, close to buses, trams and subway, so it is easily reached from anywhere in the city.
Student life is really great, there are many locations where the students can hang out in the dorms area, such as clubs, pubs, restaurants and a mall.
The accommodation could be improved, as some dorms are quite old.
Romanian students call it “Poli” because we have an internal joke about Poli that has 4 letters and 4 years of study but Politehnica takes 11 years until you succeed finishing it. Of course I am kidding. Now let’s be serious. It is an amazing university, you can find here the most enjoyable students and you have a lot to learn: about partying, about technical subjects, about life and, the most important, about how to be a human. How to help people, how to work in teams, how to develop your soft skills, how to stop being afraid to express WHAT IT IS ON YOUR MIND, how to create a folk festival only by singing in the campus during the exam sessions. There are a lot of amazing things in this university and no one, NO ONE should miss it!
I am a student in first year at the faculty of electronics, telecommunication and information technology and I am quite pleased with the faculty I have chosen. It tests your limits and puts you in rather heavy trials. Good teachers, good colleagues and great opportunities in professional development.
The only downside: free time = 3%.
My faculty and more specifically my section “Air Navigation Sectio” in the faculty of Aerospace Engineering is very developed and convenient from the scientific and the academic point of view, which is supported by professors from Eurocontrol and is the very first faculty to sign an agreement between Eurocontrol and Faculty of Aerospace engineering in the “Politehnica” of Bucharest. My university is the best in Romania and it has a very good impact on the industry and the engineering profile in Romania and Europe in general.
I have studied at this university for almost 2 years now so I could say that I have a somewhat clear opinion. As far as the Romanian context is concerned, UPB seems like a good choice and it is still considered one of the serious universities in our country. However, I am pretty sure not much has changed in 30 years. I study aerospace engineering and our faculty is one of the most prestigious ones, with a vast history. Nonetheless, we are mainly left with the history, the same crumbling building, the same books and the same laboratories studied in the last century. Perhaps we could overlook the lack of innovation and blame it on the lack of funds but that does not excuse the aging professors with a communist way of thinking and terrible, incomprehensible way of teaching. Having read about and seen technical universities in Western Europe, it makes me sad to see how much we are losing out on and how much more we could be learning. I could go on for pages about what makes me think there is something wrong with our university but I am quite sure nothing will change anytime soon: the old professors will keep on teaching from the same books from the 80s because they have power over the faculty’s board, the grades will still be awarded according to how much material you can memorize like a puppet and so on.
There may be some advantages as well like the fact that we have a nice students association (EUROAVIA) which keeps us connected, a few nice professors that can brighten a day made worse by 5 others and some people that are willing to help you.
For me, this university is a means to an end: I want to learn aerospace engineering, hopefully, use some of the notions stuffed down my throat during these years and look for a master opportunity out of Romania, as well as a job.
If you are thinking of applying to UPB, my purpose was not to scare you away but to show you some truths that most students find out by themselves too late. If you would like to join us, however, we surely stick together so you will get help. And do not worry, it does not really rocket science.. at least not so far because most students are not quite bright since the really good ones run far away from Romania. (Although I wish it were rocket science, that would give me the slightest chance to work for NASA or SpaceX ).
A 20-year-old student from Bucharest