Ligia Deca

Picture of Ligia DecaLigia Deca is the Presidential Adviser - Department of Education and Research - of the President of Romania. From June 2015 to December 2019 she served as the State Adviser of the President of Romania.

Prior to that, between 2010 and 2012 she was head of the Bologna Secretariat, coordinating the 2012 Bucharest conference of the Ministers of education from the European Higher Education Area countries. Between 2012 and 2015, she was an expert with the Executive Agency for Financing Higher Education and Research (UEFISCDI), as well as a lecturer on formation and educational inclusion at the West University of Timișoara (from 2014 to 2015).

From 2008 to 2010 Ligia was the president of the European Students Union. Ligia Deca holds a PhD in political science, awarded by the University of Luxemburg in 2016.

Interview with Ligia Deca

The COVID-19 crisis has proven to be more than a healthcare problem, as since March, it has had an impact on the economy, education and most parts of our lives. One of the perpetual problems faced by Romania is inequity in education, which may have increased due the pandemic. Romania thus faced the challenge of switching to online-learning and preparing to offer additional support to disadvantaged students, who were the most vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic. Cooperation between Ministers of Education and the good-practices shared by the Council of Europe have proven to be essential in coordinating efforts for overcoming the challenges everyone had to face this year, which included overcoming the wave of fake-news that spread simultaneously with the SARS-COV-2 virus.