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October 2, 2022

Reducing brain drain: Harghita County Council is a partner in the TalentMagnet project

Methods regarding reducing the emigration of highly educated young people, the so-called brain drain, were discussed on 24th of February at an online conference called TalentMagnet. Harghita County Council participates as a partner in the “Talent Magnet”.

The conference, which included professional presentations and a practical part, was held on Airmeet’s online interface and guests from several countries had presentations. The event started with a video about Nyíregyháza, as the city was the main organizer of the conference. Afterwards, the partner representatives from different localities had interventions about their good practices in attracting talent. Cities and local institutions also have an important role to play in attracting talent, reports had been made in this context and then good examples such as Ostrava and Württemberg.

The professional consultation was divided into two main parts: morning session, when were presentations and professional lectures, followed by a series of exercises in the afternoon session, when participants gathered ideas in different groups, gave reports on talent, on attracting young people home, and on employment opportunities in the labor market. At the afternoon session the team from Harghita County Council presented the Internship program, as the aim of this program is to attract young, talented young people in their homeland after graduating from university. This presentation received a positive feedback from participants.

The TalentMagnet project addresses the social (demographic and labor market) challenges caused by the emigration of highly educated young people (brain drain), especially in small and medium-sized cities in the Danube region. The project was created to tackle these challenges. The main goal of TalentMagnet is to improve institutional capacities to reduce the emigration of talented youth. Harghita County is one of the 18 lucky cities and counties in the Danube region that develops innovative and useful guides, plans and tools to attract and retain young workers.

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The TalentMagnet Conference Facebook event is available at the link below:


The presentation of Béla Kézy, MEGAKOM Development Consultants, Hungary, can be viewed at the link below:


The presentation of Prónay Szabolcs, Phd, University of Szeged, can be viewed at the link below:




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