Tutor Vlad, the associate director at the Cox center traveled to Romania last week to teach different research methods to students at the National School of Political Studies in Romania.
Vlad was invited to the Romanian University by Remus Pricopie who is the Dean of Communication at the University.
While on the trip, Vlad tried to find ways to help journalist in a communistic country have independence in advertising and marketing.
Vlad spent the majority of his time in classrooms while in Romania, but when he wasn’t teaching he toured the city of Cluj-Napoca, where he visited the school of journalism which he founded and other government buildings.
Vlad is from the city of Cluj-Napoca and his family currently lives there.
Although the trip pleasant overall, there were some events that were controversial.
There were two protests while Vlad was in front of the central government building.
“The protests were a result of salaries decreasing and political tension amongst citizens and government” said Vlad.
The communist ways of Romania are controlling the citizens and distressing their ability to improve their lifestyles.
Although the country is experiencing turmoil there is some noticeable change happening. “The quality of journalism programs have dramatically improved overtime due to the influences from western professors and journalism” stated Vlad.
Independence is the key to a happy future for the citizens of Romania and Tutor Vlad wants to be a part of the solution.