Wednesday 28 September 2016

Student plans to sue Romanian dentistry school for €100k after expulsion

Ryan Nugent

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Irish Student, Yasmine Dakik pictured at her Clonee home
Irish Student, Yasmine Dakik pictured at her Clonee home
Irish Student Yasmine Dakik pictured with her Dad, Joe at their Clonee home

A dentistry student is planning to sue a Romanian university for more than €100,000 after they expelled her from the college and refused to return her €5,000 admission fee - three months after she was deemed admissible.

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It is understood the college believed there were issues with the student's qualifications, and said they could not return the admission fee after more than three months of enrolment.

Student Yasmine Dakik (20) from Clonee, had been studying there for three months.

But she received a letter from the college when she returned from the Christmas break saying there were issues with papers and they had to revoke her registration.

The student has already won one legal battle, where the college has to pay her €1,500 in compensation.

But her solicitor is seeking around €100,000 in compensation and damages.

Irish student Yasmine Dakik. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Irish student Yasmine Dakik. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

The university, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMF), is based in the Romanian city of Cluj and news of her case has gone viral across the country.

Ms Dakik said that she wants to make Irish students aware.

"For me, because of what I went through I just want to make Irish students aware," Ms Dakik said.

"I lost so much time in my life and it caused me a lot of stress and my family too.

"I was on my own, my parents couldn't come straight over. The issue happened at the end of December and my parents couldn't come over until February.

"So you can imagine what it was like for a 17-year old in a situation like this, in a strange place, where I didn't know the language and didn't know too many people

"It was really different, it was scary," she added.

Having won the first part of her case, Ms Dakik is due to fly back to Romania soon, to begin proceedings for her case for compensation and damages.

She said the whole affair has already cost her family more than €30,000. "We haven't yet received the tuition fee of €5,000.

"I'm not accepting the €1,500 on offer. I should be able to claim over €100,000 for compensation and damages, for the time they wasted in my life and the stress they've caused me and my family."

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