Since 2012, Mihnea COSTOIU occupies the position of Delegate Minister for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development, within the Ministry of National Education of Romania.
He was born on the 2nd of March 1972 in Târgu Jiu, Romania and he has two children.
Mihnea Costoiu graduated the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, economical engineering specialization, in 1996, and continued his studies in the same field with a master degree. Between 2002 and 2003 he followed postgraduate specialization studies, at the National Defence College (Ministry of National Defence), followed by courses in higher education management field, at the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest. He is experienced and specialised in management, management in education, administration, negotiation, project management, research projects administration and leadership.
His professional career began in 1995, in the industrial sector, as Chief of the Marketing Service at Mecanica Fina, one of the largest industrial production organisations in Romania.
Between 1997 and 2000 he lectured as an associate professor within the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest and the National School of Political and Administrative studies of Bucharest, and, since 2005, at the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest. Between 2005 and 2012 he took the chair of General Manager of the University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, and due to his remarkable achievements in the field of higher education management, in 2012, he was elected rector of the university.
His career in public administration, within the education and research sector, started in 2001, as Secretary General in the Ministry of Education and Research, position which he occupied until 2004. Afterwards, he became Project Manager for the School Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, an investment project implemented by the Romanian Ministry of Education and Research and co-financed by the World Bank. In 2009 he took on the portfolio of State Secretary within the Ministry of Education, Research and Youth, Romania.

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