Adrian Curaj

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Adrian Curaj (born October 14, 1958) is a Romanian electrical engineer and former Minister of Education.


In 1983, Curaj graduated from the electronics and telecommunications faculty of the Politehnica University of Bucharest.[1] He holds a Ph.D. in Automatic Systems from the Politehnica University of Bucharest and a Master of Business Administration from ASEBUSS Bucharest and University of Washington in Seattle. He has certificate in Business Administration - Global Management Program, from the Institute of Business and Public Administration of Bucharest, in partnership with the Kennesaw State University.[2]


In November 2015, Curaj was named Education Minister in the new government of Dacian Cioloș,[3] he was removed during a cabinet reshuffle the following July.[4] He was the head of the Romanian research in 2009-2010, he was the advisor to Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tăriceanu in the field of Science and Innovation, during 2007-2008.[5]

In 2010, Curaj became director of the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI).[citation needed][2]

At Politehnica, he teaches in the research management department and directs the university's Center for Strategic Management and Quality Assurance in Higher Education.[1]

He is Head of The Department of UNESCO for Policies in Science and Innovation at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration – SNSPA.[citation needed][6]

Curaj has been working as a consultant with World Bank, UNESCO, UNIDO, ETF and EC for studies in Tertiary Education, Science and Innovation, and Foresight, he has been actively involved as project leader or expert in many research projects, most of them in research management, higher education management and foresight, areas where he also published scientific articles and books.[7]

He was a member of the board of European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (2005-2006); a member of the PAG-PEOPLE Advisory Group - European Commission (2007-2012), an expert in the Task Force - Fostering and Building Human Capital of the Regional Cooperation Council (since 2008); a member of the BFUG - Bologna Followup Group (2010-2012) and a Bologna Expert (since 2011); a member of the EFFLA - European Forum of Forward Looking Activities of the European Commission (2012-2014); a member of RISE - Research, Innovation and Science Policy Experts - High Level Expert Group of the European Commission; and a member of the PEOPLE Advisory Group (2007-2012) of the European Commission.[8]

He is also a member of committees/ associations/ foundations/ professional bodies such as:

  • Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation - Board Member (since 2013);[9]
  • The Romanian Association for the Club of Rome - ARCoR (since 2013);
  • Romanian National Commission for UNESCO (since 2008);[10]
  • Black Sea University Foundation - Board Member (since 2010);[11]
  • Romanian Society of Automation and Technical Informatics (since 2009);
  • The Romanian Association of Managers and Research Administrators (since 2004);
  • European Association of Researchers - EuroScience (since 2004);
  • European Association of Research and Technology Organisations – EARTO (since 2004);[12]

In 2000, Curaj was awarded the National Order for Merit as Officer for contributions to the development of science and innovation; in 2009 and 2013 he won gold medals at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva and in 2014 he was included by Foreign Policy Romania in the Top 100 people who move the country forward – the innovation section.[13]

Curaj is one of the initiators and supporters of the ELI-NP project (Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics) at Măgurele,[14] the world's largest laser[15] with a major impact on the Romanian and European RDI system, on higher education as well as on the economic and social environment of south Bucharest area.[16]

Curaj is the artisan and promoter of the "Laser Valley - Land of Lights" project,[17] which involves the development of a smart city and a dynamic, innovative and entrepreneurial community around Măgurele,[18] it is an integrated regional development project, unique to Romania, that aims to transform a large territory between Henri Coandă Airport and the future 1 December Harbor, in a space where science and technology contribute to the development of high-tech business, job creation and raising living standards for locals in the area.[19]

In 2016, Curaj was named High Representative of the Prime Minister for the development of ecosystem based on science, innovation and entrepreneurship associated with the pan-European infrastructure of ELI-NP.[20]


  1. ^ a b "Cine este Adrian Curaj, ministrul Educației". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "CURRICULUM VITAE : Adrian Curaj" (PDF). Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Noul Guvern. Cine este Adrian Curaj, propunerea lui Dacian Cioloş la Ministerul Educaţiei". 3 October 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  4. ^ (in Romanian) Roxana Preda, "Patru miniştri, remaniaţi de premierul Cioloş", Mediafax, July 5, 2016
  5. ^ "Cine este Adrian Curaj, ministrul propus al Educatiei". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "PROFESSORS – UNESCO – SNSPA". Retrieved 2017-10-04. 
  7. ^ "PROFESSORS – UNESCO – SNSPA". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Adrian Curaj, proposed Education Minister (biography) – AGERPRES". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Echipa - Fundatia Principesa Margareta a României". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Subcomisia Ştiinţă". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Board of directors - FUNDAȚIA UNIVERSITARĂ A MĂRII NEGRE". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  12. ^ EARTO. "EARTO - About EARTO - List of Members". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "ELI-NP - Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  15. ^ "Investiţie de 280 mil. euro la Măgurele în cel mai mare laser din lume - Ziarul Financiar". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Adrian Curaj: Laserul de la Măgurele va atrage investiţii, va crea locuri de muncă şi va stimula creşterea economică". 18 October 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "Laser Valley de Măgurele, primul smart city din România". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "VIDEO UPDATE Cioloș: Intenția noastră este să folosim cercetarea ca pe o sursă de dezvoltare locală – AGERPRES". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  19. ^ "Home". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  20. ^ "Adrian Curaj - numit Înalt Reprezentant al prim-ministrului – AGERPRES". Retrieved 3 October 2017.