Gheorghe Sarău has been since 1992 a professor doctor at the Department of Romany Language and Literature, at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures (University of Bucharest).
At the same time, he has been a counsellor for Romany language and Roma at the Direction for Minorities – Ministry of National Education (1992-present).
After graduating from university (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures – Russian and Hungarian languages Departments; Bulgarian and Spanish as optional courses) in 1983, Gheorghe Sarău began to study Romany individually, language which he taught at the Normal School of Bucharest from 1990 to 1994, to a group of future primary school teachers.
On 28 September 1998 he became a Doctor of Philology at the University of Bucharest.
The doctorate was obtained under the guidance of prof. Lucia Wald in the Indo-European studies field, on the subject of Tinsmiths Roma Language.
Gheorghe Sarău attended several training programmes (1990-2000) in the field of Romany Language, under the guidance of Prof. Marcel Courthiade (professor at INALCO Paris) and of Prof. Rajko Djurić – poet and the President of National Roma Union, in Finland (1991), Italy (1992), France (1993 1994, 1995), Germany (1998). He was also invited by Professors Courthiade and Djurić to teach with them Romany courses in Germany (1999 and 2002), at the International Courses of Romany Language, Literature and History.
Gheorghe Sarău published his first article in 1982, as a student, and his first book was published in 1992 (the first Romany dictionary in Romania - Mic dicționar rom-romîn, Kriterion Publishing House).
Over the years, he has published over 70 titles, most of them individually (Cronica rromă (1990-2011), Editura Universității din București, 2012), but also as collective works. He has also played an important role in the standardisation of Romany language in Romania, in the organization and development of the Romany studies at the pre-school, school, high school and university level. In October 1992, he introduced the first Optional Course of Romany Language at the University of Bucharest and in 1997 he created the Department of Romany Studies at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures in Bucharest. He also founded the Distance Learning Department for Romany Language, which helped training over 600 Romany Language school teachers. He has also managed the developing and implementation of strategic programmes of the Ministry of Education in Romania.
In recognition for his outstanding contribution to promoting constantly the Romany Language - through writings, through the introduction and consolidation of the Romany language education and through the initiatives regarding the general education of Roma – he has received several awards (Hidalgo Award – Spain, 1999, The Republic of Italy President’s Award – Italy, 1999 etc.).
Daniel-Samuel Petrilă is a second-year master student at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest. His course is Romanian Literary Studies. In 2015, he graduated the BA program in Romani Language and Literature-Romanian Language and Literature with a BA thesis entitled The Carpathian Romani Dialect Recorded by Alexandru Ruja in Dumbrăveni Commune-Sibiu County under the guidance of Ph D professor Gheorghe Sarău. Apart from the aforementioned professor, Ph D lecturer Delia Grigore was also part of the degree-awarding committee.
In 2006, he met Professor Daniela Roxin at Tămașda Secondary School, who advised him to participate in the national Romani language contests organized by the Ministry of National Education. He obtained very good results in the language contest, also in the National Contest of Romani History and Traditions and ‘Ștefan Fuli’ National Contest of Literary Creation.
Following the recommendation of the professors of the Department of Romani Language and Literature, he has realized translation and retroversions into and from Romani, has taken part in various cultural events organized by the Romani Culture National Centre, by the Ministry of National Education, by ‘Romani Party Pro-Europe’ Association, by ‘Amare Rromentza’ Roma Center etc. After completing the first year of the BA program, he takes part together with professor Sarău in Romani Language summer courses (Romani Language Teaching Methodology Courses, courses for Roma school mediators). In 2013 and 2014, he was selected as a national Romani language trainer, being part of the team that delivered the Romani language summer courses. Therefore, he was a national language trainer, being responsible with the Romani language courses for beginner students. Also, he acquired secretarial skills during these summer courses.