Mass-media coverage of Sebastian Buhai
Below you can check out a selection of press/magazine articles and other news media, including television/radio talk-shows, where I have been interviewed/invited (with saved PDF versions where possible—clicking on below—should the direct links not work any longer); although most articles are in Romanian, they have brief explanations in English on this page (for newer items). Please note that old items are not updated/ rechecked after initial posting. The starred ones are larger contributions (long interviews, talk-shows, etc.). In reverse chronological order:
Adevarul, 14 December 2016—saved PDF version—by Remus Florescu, “Cercetarea economică din România, sub cea a ţărilor africane. Revoluţia „de carton“ a CNATDCU: „poţi în continuare candida cu lucrări în hernie abdominală“”. If the previous bullet point (6 Dec 2016 entry) tackled coverage of Buhai et al (2016)‘s main findings (see also my essays page, 4 Dec 2016 entry), this interview focuses on what was achieved through the national CNATDCU-ECON’s newly voted criteria (on 5 Dec), subsequently signed into law by the then-Minister of Education & Research (on 20 Dec). Short answer: almost nothing (even this tiny, malformed, redundant ε is likely to die young, given the new RO Gov and particularly—ironically from the perspective of our study—the new educator-and-researcher-in-chief). Florescu’s article has also been distributed by, e.g., Antena.ro, Baleares.ro, Fluierul.ro, Ziare.com, ZiaruldeIasi, Portal-ro.com, Infoziare.ro, etc. Despite media exposure and vehement scientist reactions—many public or directly sent to CNATDCU—the pseudo-scientific, incumbent Econ nomenclature has again chosen to sacrifice academic decency, at the expense of the RO Econs’ long-term well-being, and of the RO academe’s/ society’s welfare more generally. The saddest is that utter failure affected even decision-making technocrats expected to fully grasp our study’s implications (after all already obvious from my mediatised earlier study—see below); this was ex post reconfirmed, e.g., by an amazingly bad (albeit some ok parts) interview with M. Andruh, CNATDCU head and, unlike others therein, a qualified scientist (fast reactions here, here, here, or here). What now?… Do not forget, do not forgive, relentlessly pursue (the Romanian dream of) academic integrity & scientific performance: we shall overcome!
PressOne, 6 December 2016—with saved PDF version—article by Bianca Felseghi, entitled “Laureații Nobelului pentru Economie nu întrunesc criteriile pentru a fi profesori în România”. This is a good commentary in Romanian—including additional answers I gave to the journalist—of some of the main aspects of a paper written in English by myself and eight others, Buhai et al (2016): “The Rise for Academic Integrity in Romanian (Domestic) Economic Sciences”; see my “essays page” the 4 Dec 2016 entry, for details. In a nutshell, RO Econ Sciences are, in terms of quality-adjusted research output, at 1/2 of Africa’s (!) level, while criteria for evaluating performance therein are out of touch with sanity, s.t. even Econ Nobel Laureates would not minimally qualify for professorships: we call for a rise against the regime which enacted & continues to defend this imbecilic state of affairs. Felseghi’s PressOne commentary of our study was subsequently featured in a comedy show by Europa FM, a national radio broadcaster, as well as summarized/ distributed by other media outlets, such as Money.ro, Cultural.bzi.ro, Antena3.ro, Ziare-pe-net.ro, Ziarelive.ro, personal blogs, etc. Some public reactions from foreign/RO scientists have been collected as “retweets” on twitter EconAcademia (Dec 2016).
Adevarul, 23 September 2016—with saved PDF version—by Remus Florescu: “Cercetător român la Universitatea din Stockholm, despre învăţământul din ţară: „În România, un doctor în economie nu mai înseamnă, din păcate, nimic“”. This is the 2nd part of an interview in Adevarul on the implications of Buhai, Litan and Silaghi (2015): “Disincentiving the performance: the case of the Romanian national criteria in Economic Sciences” (English abstract), now specifically about wider, societal consequences, and about what was done, and what to do about the truly inane status quo in RO domestic Economic Sciences; see the bullet point entry for 19 August 2016 below for the 1st part of this interview. This Adevarul article was disseminated also through Antena.ro, Gazetarul.ro, Nmedia.ro, ZiaruldeIasi, Roportal.ro, ZiareLive.ro, Ziare.com, etc. Read also an overview on my blog: “Despre universuri paralele in evaluarea performantei in cercetarea economica”, with reader comments covering both interview parts from Adevarul.
Romanian Center for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), 12 September 2016, by Sorin Semeniuc—saved PDF version—on the plagiarism of “academic experts” (here, one of many losers w/out any expertise from the national decision-making CNATDCU body) appointed to assess alledged plagiarism by other ‘wannabe academics’ (here, a hapless former RO Minister of Internal Affairs), ubiquitous in my country… I am quoted in a paragraph at the end of this article stating that plagiarism in RO is the tip of the iceberg (RO journalists care only about plagiarism), the problems of academic misevaluation, awarding of titles and perks, and promotion/proliferation of pseudo-values being widespread and more important for both academe and society—as I & co-authors have shown for Economics (see my ‘essays page’ or relevant bullet points on this page). This gets eventually back to who is to set standards, who is to evaluate “evaluators”? My sine qua non is that any “evaluators”, any decision-makers such as CNATDCU members, have to be *internationally* acknowleged as relevant in the academic profession, and w/o the slightest trace of ethics violation. The CRJI article was covered also by 7est.ro, Nasul.tv, ReporterIS.ro, ZiareLive.ro, etc.
Digi 24 TV: “Starea Natiei”, 31 August 2016, minutes 39-43: no less than 4 min allocated on a popular national Romanian TV comedy show hosted by Dragos Patraru, to the subject of ERMAS, disincentiving scientific performance, and the Romanian Rahova Institute of Technology. For foreigners: get someone to translate that clip for you, since it scores reasonably high on the fun scale (albeit with tragic nuances for RO Econ academics, and eventually for the RO society). This was again popularising some of the findings by Buhai, Litan and Silaghi (2015)—see also the previous bullet point.
Adevarul, 19 August 2016—with saved PDF version—by Remus Florescu, in Romanian, entitled “Economistul genial considerat „şansa României la Nobel”, profesor la Oxford şi la Sorbona, nu e suficient de bun şi pentru a preda la o universitate din ţară” (the journalist’s title might appear exaggerated, but is meant to capture the paradox as vividly as possible…). This is a press material commenting the Buhai, Litan and Silaghi (2015) study—see also my ‘essays page’ for the entry dated December 2015—about the absurd, fully inane national criteria of evaluation/promotion in Romanian domestic Economic Sciences, embodying a universe parallel to both scientific excellence and academic mere decency, given international standards for this field; it contains further interview QAs. This was further disseminated under various formats (summary, commentary) by other outlets, including B1.ro, Business24.r0, Wall-Street.ro, Alternativenews.ro, StirileKanalD.ro, Antena.ro, Realitatea.net, Gazetarul.ro, ZiaruldeIasi, Ziare.com, Sputnik.md, 9am.ro, etc. The ERMAS 2016 conference press coverage also contains selected links. Read also the corresponding post on my blog: “Despre universuri paralele…”, with reader comments and reactions.
Adevarul, 18 April 2016, with its saved PDF version, an article by Petre Munteanu entitled “100 FP Romania/ 2015:- what was relevant in terms of Ideas & Projects: academicians, historians, politologues, psihologists, economists, entrepreneurs” (RO: “100 FP Romania/ 2015- ce a fost relevant in materie de Idei & Proiecte: academicieni, istorici, politologi, psihologi, economisti, antreprenori”), with info on the new FP Romania Laureates “Top 100: People and Ideas which Move Romania”—category Ideas/Projects, including my own listing there; the bullet point below has more details.
Foreign Policy Romania, nr. 50, ed. Feb/March 2016, available fully only in print, in Romanian; see the relevant page scan (see also the category screenshot from the FP Romania Top 100 Prize Gala in March 2016); an article with detailed information about all the 2016 FP Romania Laureates “Top 100: People and Ideas which Move Romania”, including my own listing there under the category “Ideas/ Projects”, and the entry “Sebastian Buhai, economist: For the Insistence to Align Economics Research in Romania to International Standards ” (in original: “Sebastian Buhai, economist: Pentru Insistenta de a Alinia Cercetarea Economica din Romania la Standarde Internationale”). More specifically, I was listed in this FP Romania top 100 for a proposal that the Romanian National Bank (BNR) starts a Romanian Institute for Economics and Finance (“Institutul Roman pentru Economie si Finante”=IREF), analogous to the Bank of Italy-initiated EIEF and respectively the Bank of Spain-initiated CEMFI. This was my 2nd consecutive listing in the Foreign Policy Romania Top 100, in the previous year being listed, together with 3 colleagues, in the same “Ideas/ Projects” category—and then actually winning the category’s prize—for initiating the ERMAS conference (see corresponding links below).
Adevarul, 14 December 2015, by Remus Florescu, in Romanian, with the title “De ce esueaza reformele Educatiei: spiritul de turma si centralizarea puterii. Trasaturile lumii academice romane incompatibile cu modelele occidentale”, summarizing conclusions of the 2015 Report of the G3A Think Tank on Romanian academic/research policies, where I and two co-authors contributed an analysis on the dismal situation of Economic Sciences within Romania (read the abstract in English, entitled “Disincentivizing the performance: the case of the Romanian national criteria for evaluating research in Economic Sciences”)
Press release of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), 5 October 2015: the BNR Governor’s speech in a ceremony rewarding BNR researchers admitted to present papers at the Annual Conferences of Romanian Academic Economists from Abroad (ERMAS), which I together with 3 colleagues initiated in summer 2014 (see further links below for various prizes/articles related to this conference).
- Live 50-minute interview/ discussion on the Romanian TV channel Digi24 (Cluj-Napoca), “Vocile Clujului” rubric, with Marius Benta as — superlative — moderator, 28 July 2015. If easier to access, now you can also see this interview on YouTube. In this talk-show, entitled “Economist din diaspora: Cercetarea de top este posibilă în Romania”, I have discussed some of the steps that need to be taken in Romania in order to eventually reach excellence in terms of scientific research and graduate education status quo, with focus on Economic Sciences (arguably, Economics has one of the sorriest state among all sciences represented in my country). Inter alia, my advice for my co-nationals was to plagiarize… yes, to plagiarize!… but with a twist: they need to stop- and punish properly- plagiarizing scientific papers or PhD theses as currently habitual even at governmental levels in Romania, and instead copy/plagiarize/emulate the organization/management of scientific research and graduate education from e.g., US, UK, Western Continental EU. The large and reasonably successful community of Romanian academic economists from the diaspora is ready to help, but our colleagues from within Romania have to be prepared to listen carefully and act… before further generations are lost. To read comments subsequent to that talk-show see my corresponding blogpost.
- Adevarul, 17 June 2015 (with saved PDF version), in Romanian: under the (translated from Romanian) title “A Romanian economist from the diaspora challenges Mugur Isarescu [Governor of the National Bank of Romania=BNR hereinafter]: BNR should capitalize on the top Romanian economists from outside the country“, this is Remus Florescu’s well adapted version of an article I initially wrote for Blog EconAcademia (blog of Romanian academic economists that I initiated and co-founded in December 2014), proposing that BNR sets up a research institute in Economics similar to the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) from Rome (founded by the Bank of Italy), revolutionizing the current, dismal status quo of the research and graduate education in Economics from inside Romania. The Adevarul article has been taken over by other online (news) sites, such as Gazetarul.ro, Comisarul.ro, RadioIntact.ro, Fluierul.ro, Ziare.ro, etc.
- “Sinteza- Revista de gandire si cultura strategica”, number 15, April 2015, in Romanian (available fully only in print; see imperfect fast-scanned version): adapted interview with me by Elena Nicolae, nicely entitled (by her) “The voice of the eXported Generation” (in original “Vocea generatiei eXportate“). I discussed briefly and generally about the Romanian ‘Generation X’ and how I fit in that, including my impression of Romania under Communism, the Romanian December ’89 revolution, my experience of studying/working outside Romania from very early on, etc.
- Adevarul, 4 March 2015 and Adevarul, 6 April 2015 (with saved PDF versions, pdf_4March2015 and respectively pdf_6April2016), in Romanian: 2 articles by Petru Munteanu with the list/description of the 2015 Foreign Policy (FP) Romania Prizes “Top 100: People and Ideas which Move Romania” (=”Top 100: Oameni si Idei care Misca Romania”); I have been awarded the 2015 FP Romania “Top 100” Prize– jointly with Mihai Copaciu, Cosmin Ilut and Cristian Litan– within the category “Ideas/Projects” (=”Idei/Proiecte”), for our initiating the Annual Conferences of Romanian Academic Economists from Abroad (“ERMAS” as Romanian acronym). The more recent article linked here is an ‘extended version’ of all those listed within the “Ideas/Projects” category of the 2015 FP Romania Top 100; starts with my colleague Mihai Copaciu’s photo receiving the category prize on our behalf, in Bucharest, 3 March 2015.
Foreign Policy Romania, nr. 44, ed. Feb/March 2015 (available only in print; a relevant PDF fragment), in Romanian: an article with detailed information about the 2015 FP Romania Prizes “Top 100: People and Ideas which Move Romania”, including the prize that I and 3 other colleagues have won for initiating the ERMAS conference, within the category “Ideas/Projects”, see also the bullet point immediately above. This article was mentioned, inter alia, also in a press communiqué of FSEGA, Babes-Bolyai University, superlative hosts of the very first ERMAS edition (you can also check out a compilation of various news media about the 1st ERMAS conference edition, including on this FP Romania Top 100 prize).
- Adevarul, 1 January 2015 (with saved PDF version), in Romanian: interview in this newspaper’s cycle “Romani cu care ne mandrim” (=”Romanians who make us proud”), published in the very first day of the new year(!), in which I answered questions about my recent initiatives concerning Romanian academic economists, about my best research published in 2014, and offered my New Year wishes for Romania.
- Adevarul, 12 November 2014 (with a saved PDF version, in case the link stops working), in Romanian. An article by Remus Florescu, slightly adapting my questions on science/ research/ education policy addressed to the Romanian presidential candidates from the 2nd election round, November 2014 (this article gathered more than 1800 “likes” online on the Adevarul website, after just 1 (one) day since publication). The initial material embedding these questions appeared on my blog (where you can also read comments and my reactions to them). These 2014 questions are, in fact, identical to the ones I have addressed to the then-ROpresidential candidates a decade earlier, in Nov 2004 (e.g., see below on this media-coverage page, around November 2004; search also my essays page for documents from around that date), when they were also sustained by several associations of Romanian researchers, and individually by some of the top Romanian scientists from abroad, including the Romanian Nobel Prize winner George Emil Palade; then, in 2004 (as, sadly, now in 2014) few of the presidential candidates bothered to answer anything (and none replied concretely and/or to the point; for some of those 2004 documents, candidate replies, etc, consult a sum-up by the Ad Astra Association of Romanian Scientists), and, unexpectedly, nothing significant changed in terms of science or education policy in my country, which still performs below any other EU countries and way below its potential. This article from Adevarul appeared also on Yahoo News Romania or Comisarul de Cluj.
- Foreign Policy Romania (FPR), October-November 2014 edition– appeared in print 6 october– (so far only in print; in Romanian). The print edition has my short bio (with some errors, e.g., missing again one of my university degrees, but overall fine) on page 8- glimpse here– and an interview, taken by Raluca Maxim, on pages 40-41, entitled “Repatriere stiintifica. La ce pot fi buni acasa economistii romani validati in centre de cercetare majore din lume” , glimpse here. See also the index of topics from this FPR edition.
- ‘Sinteza- Revista de gandire si cultura strategica’, number 8, September 2014 edition (only in print; in Romanian), ample material by Elena Nicolae in the ‘Intelligent Business’ section– under my headline “Noi nu ne-am saturat de Romania” (which appeared also in one of my interviews mentioned below on this page, about 10 years earlier)– covering the ERMAS 2014 conference, based on interviews with myself, Mihai Copaciu, Cristian Pop-Eleches, Nicolae Garleanu, Virgiliu Midrigan and Mihai Manea. A glimpse of this Sinteza material (Sinteza’s journalists took pretty nice pictures!).
- VoxPublica.Realitatea.net, 22 August 2014 (in Romanian) , an article-analysis by Ciprian Domnisoru.
- Adevarul, 21 August 2014 (in Romanian) This material from Adevarul was also taken over by Yahoo News Romania.
- Adevarul, 20 August 2014 (in Romanian) . (Flattering) Article by Remus Florescu (from its very title: “Mintile sclipitoare ale Romaniei care schimba economia lumii. De ce nu s-ar intoarce acasa”), based on interviews with myself, Mihai Manea and Nicolae Bogdan Garleanu (NB: the article has got some relatively minor errors — such as missing one of my academic education degrees, etc.– but overall is written well and obviously with noble intentions :-)). This article also appeared and/or was mentioned/ adapted on Wall-Street.ro, Comisarul.ro, Romania20.org or Momentozero.eu.
- Actual de Cluj, 19 August 2014 (in Romanian)
- Digi24 Cluj-Napoca, 18 August 2014 (in Romanian), with short video interview about the ERMAS 2014 conference (following after Mugur Isarescu and Cristian Pop-Eleches in the linked videoclip). The content of the article appeared also on Yahoo News Romania.
- Hotnews, 14 August 2014 (in Romanian)
- Live 50-min dialogue on Romanian TV channel Digi 24 Cluj, 23 July 2014, together with Cristian Litan, and Marius Benta from Digi. If easier to access, now you can also watch this discussion on YouTube. The talk show was about ERMAS 2014 (18-22 August, Cluj-Napoca, Romania), i.e., the first edition of the Annual Scientific Conference of Romanian Academic Economists (“Conferinta Stiintifica Anuala a Economistilor Romani din Mediul Academic din Strainatate” in Romanian), which I have initiated and co-coordinated, including about its objectives, participants, near and far future, and related discussions about the Romanian scientific research, etc. All materials about the conference can be consulted on conferinta.econacademia.net (look for the PDF documents, available usually in both Romanian and English). These documents are also be accessible from my webpage with miscellaneous (non-research) essays.
- Live 50-min discussion on Romanian TV channel Digi24 (Cluj-Napoca), rubric “Vocile Clujului”, together with Marius Benta and Razvan Florian, 3 April 2014. If easier to access, now you can also watch this dialogue on YouTube. Inter alia, Razvan and I discussed about the current status of research and research policy in Romania, concrete ideas/ chances of bringing back or collaborating with the best Romanian scientists abroad, my involvement with the 1st Annual Scientific Conference of Romanian Academic Economists from Abroad (ERMAS 2014), and even… Salvo Montalbano, in the Romanian academic context :-). For some background in these discussions you may also want to read this essay on the condition of the Romanian scientific researcher that I wrote in 2004, or this other essay with questions addressed to the Romanian presidential candidates also in 2004, both mentioned in my Digi 24 interview (more such materials can be consulted here). And, of course, not sufficiently discussed in this interview, feel free to browse my and some of my enthusiastic Romanian economist colleagues’ initiative, Econacademia.
- Contributors.ro, 18 December 2013 (in Romanian) , article by Virgil Iordache.
- Tinbergen Institute Magazine #27, Fall 2013 (in English) See page 8 of this PDF.
- Hotnews.ro, 18 February 2013 (in Romanian) With the program of this RUSMG (the best I could do at the time in terms of a general name/ acronym :-)) workshop (in English)
- Romanian Embassy in Denmark website, 6 October 2012 (in Romanian) See also the full YouTube video record of the 6-10-12 BRAINetwork event that was mentioned in this article (my address starts about 33m30s – in Romanian; the subtitles in English are mostly fine, but not always correct).
- EVENTUALLY UNPUBLISHED 10-question interview in Romania Libera (the journalist who wanted to interview me, Petre Badica, seemingly changed his mind after I sent him– true, rather late: the excuse is that we have also other things to do in academia– the answers), 10 February 2012 (in Romanian)
- Live 40-min dialog on Romanian TV channel TransilvaniaLive.ro (former NCN.Ro), within the “Ziua de Zece” rubric (with Marius Benta and Sabin Gherman), 22 December 2011: I could not retrieve this online yet, will post a link here once I do. I discussed, inter alia, about the European Union labour market and Romania in this context, including labour market restrictions still kept by some of the EU Member States, North-South labour market differences in the EU etc. (in Romanian)
- Live interview on Romanian TV channel NCN.ro, within the “Cluj Zi de Zi” rubric (Ciprian Aron interviewer), 2 September 2010 (in Romanian): link1, link2 (my interview is the last of that day, starts about 94’30”). The interview was mainly about the status of the Romanian education and scientific research (e.g., recent education reforms of the Education Minister, Daniel Funeriu etc.), comparison to other European systems and to the USA etc. (in Romanian)
- Flacara, 20 January, 2009 (in Romanian)
- Cotidianul, 20 Aprilie, 2008 (in Romanian)
- Noua revista Cultura, 9 March 2006 (in Romanian)
- Internal University Press, Aarhus School of Business, 23 February 2006 (in Danish)
- Cotidianul, 26 October 2005 (in Romanian) (see also a note from the “Catavencu Media Group” about this )
- Timpul, 5 May 2005 (in Romanian)
- Ev. Zilei interview with then-Ad-Astra director Razvan Florian, 23 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Forumul Academic Roman, comunicat de presa, 22 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Ziua, 19 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Cultura, November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Romanian Global News, 16 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Romanian Global News, 3 November 2004 (in Romanian)
- Adevarul, 19 October 2004 (in Romanian)
- Elsevier, October 2004 (in Dutch)
- NRC, 2 April 1999 (in Dutch)