Romania needs a real promotional strategy, which doesn’t mean a logo or a video advertising, but a vision and a series of actions to define who we are as a nation and as a state. I wish you to be my partners in this endeavor, since you are already, through what you do, Romania’s ambassadors, for which I’m grateful, Iohannis told on Thursday evening at the Gala of the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS).
The event, held at the Parliament Palace, started with the singing of the national anthem and a moment of silence to honour the memory of the victims of the attack at the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, informs Agerpres.
Klaus Iohanis showed that performance and patriotism describe best who the Romanian students abroad are and what they do.
‘We hear that Romania doesn’t have models anymore, that the young no longer have models to look up to in nowadays society or that, unfortunately, values no longer mean what they should mean. We have models and we have values, we just need to look beyond the apparent and learn how to listen what is beyond the noise, we need to have the courage to recognize these models and values and promote them,’ the head of state said.
President Iohannis specified that the finalists at the Gala of Leagues of Romanian Students Abroad are the very proof that models and values still exist.
‘Special people are to be found in every field of activity, who could be models for our society. The problem is not that they were missing, but rather our lack of concern with them was the problem, the fact that we didn’t know how to cherish them, and by we I mean those who were and are in leadership positions, from which they have the power to change this status quo’, he added.
The head of state also underlined that there are three essential things to be considered from these perspective:
‘First of all it is now time we rediscover our models, pushing them into light again and showing them the respect that they deserve, and then, if we want our construction to be solid, we must set performance as our goal in all fields and in the long run, we must invest in education to bring performance, in high quality education to respond to the current challenges of our world,’ showed President Iohannis.
He also said that a common goal should be to bring the young back to the country.
‘It was not mere rhetoric when I spoke about a country regaining its stability, a country where values and calm will start to be appreciated again, and where people will feel that they are having the possibility to choose again. Although this seems rather abstract, it is not. It is a concrete consequence. For this is the right climate for prosperity. This is why I talked about the need of reforming the public systems, starting with the healthcare and education. Romanians who left abroad will come back, if they know that they will find here a country where conditions are similar to those in the Western countries, when they will know that they have here a chance for prosperity and their children will have a chance for an education able to ensure them a future and also a sound healthcare system. And I believe that we have another objective, to represent our country in the world with dignity,” Iohannis said.
He congratulated the League for Romanian Students Abroad for its initiative to organize the Gala and for its entire activity, showing that it made it look like physical borders and distance are not that important at all.
“I congratulate you for your perseverance, for your passion that makes borders and distance seem unimportant. You are already a few thousands scattered in more than 50 countries involved in these projects and you make our country look good”, said Iohannis.
The head of the state handed the award for the “Best Student in Romania” to Ionut Budisteanu, a computer scientist and inventor, the winner of several prestigious international competitions.
Minister of Foreign Affairs concludes partnership with LSRS
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bogdan Aurescu spoke about ‘the conclusion of a cooperation partnership’ between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) and the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS), adding that he wished Romanian students studying overseas to find in Romania the opportunities that will convince them to come back.
Aurescu underscored that the LSRS Gala took place ‘only a day after the shocking attack at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters.’ ‘Allow me to reiterate our solidarity with the French people and the freedoms and statutory values of democracy,’ said Aurescu.
The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs also added that he appreciates the perseverance and professionalism of the LSRS members, and also the manner in which these young people know how to promote Romania in the countries where they are studying. Aurescu added that he won’t allow such ‘populist or xenophobic discourses to damage the image of Romanians.’
‘I take great pleasure in mentioning a partnership of cooperation existing now between MAE and the LSRS […] I know it’s not enough to encourage you to return, even though I always do. I know that you need motivation too,’ said Bogdan Aurescu. The Minister remembered how he used to answer his students when they asked him for a recommendation that they needed in order to be able to study abroad. ‘OK, I will sign this for you, but you must come back.’
The Minister invited the LSRS members to a few working meetings, in order to organise some ‘impactful events.’ ‘It is in MAE’s best interest to encourage these well trained young fellows to follow the diplomatic career path […] I have already initiated the first steps to take over the rotating presidency of the EU in 2019, which is a major event for the Romanian diplomacy, for which we need to get our entire intellectual resources mobilized,’ he added. The Minister said he would like LSRS members to continue to attend the existing training courses at the various diplomatic missions of Romania abroad.