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September 24, 2021
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Ambassador Klemm: An American education opens doors of opportunity

The US ambassador in Bucharest Hans Klemm is encouraging Romanian students who have received offers of admission to accept them as an American education opens doors of opportunity.

“As the U.S. Ambassador to Romania, I personally encourage those of you who have received offers of admission to accept this life-changing opportunity and join your peers in experiencing the unique value of an American higher education,” Klemm says in an op-ed released on Friday.

He adds that their lives “will be changed forever by the dynamism, openness, and quality of campuses across the United States”.

“I want to congratulate all students in Romania who have received offers of admission from one of the over 4,500 accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States. Graduates of U.S. universities have gone on to become leaders and innovators in many fields around the world, and you should be proud of the invitation to join this special and select group of young people.”

He underscores that over one million international students are now in U.S. higher education institutions,” maintaining the United States’ long-standing position as the world’s top host nation for international students”. ” This is a testament to the unmatched quality of American higher education in the eyes of international students and their families,” Klemm adds.

In the op-ed, the ambassador cites from “Open Doors 2016,” a report that says over 1,100 Romanian students studying at U.S. universities. “They will return with creative new ideas and a variety of experiences, which they will share with their colleagues and other Romanian alumni of American universities. They will start businesses, continue their research, develop new ideas, and further contribute to the Strategic Partnership between our countries,” adds Klemm.

At the same time, he mentions that the Americans are proud that studying in the U.S. has inspired alumni from diverse fields who have contributed greatly to Romania. For example, an alumna of the International Affairs program at New School, New York founded a civic urban action-research center interested in new ecosystems for city innovation in Bucharest; an alumnus of the Harvard Law School is representing Romania at the Danube Commission in Budapest; a number of PhD program alumni from the University of California at Santa Barbara, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other universities, are continuing their research at their home institutions in Romania.

“U.S. colleges and universities take pride in providing safe, welcoming environments for all their students, and I want to stress how welcome you are in the United States. Many universities have come together to send a specific and direct message to students around the world through the #YouAreWelcomeHere Campaign. I join them in welcoming you to the United States, where our colleges and universities offer valuable educational opportunities to help you meet your life and career goals,” adds Klemm.

“Consular officials at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest and at American embassies and consulates around the world continue to work diligently to process student visa requests,” adds the ambassador.

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