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October 21, 2021

Smart Diaspora – an initiative belonging to Romanian students abroad

An interesting meeting took place these days at the Energy, SMEs and Business Environment Ministry. Minister Andrei Gerea met the representatives of the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS). The latter presented their Multilevel Strategy of Attracting Diaspora Youths to Romania – Smart Diaspora, and asked the ministry to get involved in backing the League’s projects.

The strategy is a public policy proposal whose goal is to put to good use the strategic potential of highly-qualified young people living abroad and to facilitate their contribution to Romania’s economic and social development.

League representatives asked the minister to take part in the SMART Internship Program, a competitive “management shadowing” program in public institutions, a program for students and fresh graduates who studied abroad. The program is addressed to Romanian public institutions that are interested in working with young people that have international experience.

The Energy, SMEs and Business Environment Minister answered positively, bearing in mind that for young Romanians who studied abroad developing a career in Romania represents a credible outlook, 61 per cent of them maintaining professional contacts in Romania and 47 per cent being interested in job offers in our country.

“It is very important for Romanian state institutions to get involved and to support programs centred on attracting the students from the Diaspora, especially against the backdrop in which there is openness on both sides. If we have grown used to exporting intelligence abroad, it is time for this flow to be reversed and for us to bring back the young people with potential. I am sure the serious baggage of knowledge, the internship stages and the modern vision that these students who studied abroad have gained are undisputable trump cards that can be exploited at a high level not just within the public sector but also within the Romanian private sector,” Andrei Gerea stated.


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