Randy Pausch passed away on July 25. May God rest him in peace!

As a side note, if one is allowed to leave notes after a talk like this, I found a study on the state of Romanian academic programs where a survey was filled by 300 PhD candidates from top Universities. On the question “what was the reason for choosing to do a PhD program?” The answers were:

  • 36.3% because a professor offered me this opportunity;
  • 4.39% having a PhD will increase my income;
  • 2% is a good way to advance in ones career;
  • 2% the scholarship was tempting;
  • 0.3% I am passionate about the field I do the study in;
  • 14% some other reason;
  • 41% don’t know/would not respond.

Passion for what they are doing and dreams that they want to achieve do not seem to be part of our future academic faculty or research experts from Romania. What was Professor Pausch talking about??? Only about “how to lead your life in a good way” for you and the ones around you.

But then again, who is saying that education is going and leading people in the right direction in Romania?