The Minister of Foreign Affairs attended, on 6 January, the Awards of the League of Romanian Students Abroad, an event devoted to conferring prizes on the best Romanian students studying abroad.
The second edition of the Gala of Romanian Students Abroad rallied over 500 Romanian students and alumni having studied abroad, officials of the academia, the cultural, political and economic environments as well as representatives of the press.
The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs encouraged the students to return here after they complete their studies, and contribute to “rebuilding a real meritocracy.” “Romania badly needs elites, and you are an elite,” the Foreign Minister insisted.
Minister Baconschi also stated his confidence that young people can generate change: “I believe in Romania’s future, I believe in the revival of genuine elites and I think it is our duty to build such elites. I do trust you, the same as I trusted myself nearly two decades back when I returned to the country that gave me an identity and a destiny,” Minister Teodor Baconschi also said in his opening address.
The winners of the Gala were selected by a jury made up of representatives of the academe, who evaluated the academic performance and extracurricular activity of the young Romanians studying at famous universities in Europe and North America. At this edition, the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS) awarded for the first time the 2010 Erasmus Student Award and the 2010 Romanian Student Abroad Grand Prix.
One of the main goals of LSRS, since its foundation, has been to acknowledge the merits of Romanian students abroad. “We pursue to make known the remarkable track record of our colleagues, in which all Romanians can take pride. We want Romania to know that our generation boasts outstanding peaks, rallied under the LSRS umbrella,” said Costin Gabriel Elefteriu, co-founder of the organization.
The League of Romanian Students Abroad (LSRS) has nearly 5,000 members, Romanian students and alumni studying or having studied in over 50 countries. The League, with its more than 20 branches on four continents, is conducting several projects devoted to young people wishing to study abroad: the Caravan, wiki.lsrs.ro, Mentorship, Jobs Horizon, Romanian Elites. LSRS is the sole organization providing a framework for Romanian students abroad, promoting solidarity among its members as valuable representatives of Romania, as well as a positive attitude to the prospect of their return to this country after completion of their studies.