Romania tries to stop brain drain with top student grants

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About 270 top students in Romania, who received awards at national and international competitions called Olympiads, will get scholarships of up to EUR 3,500 a year each if they decide to study in Romania, said the Research and Innovation Minister Lucian Georgescu yesterday.

The money will be paid in several installments. The Government has already approved this financing. The Ministry will know exactly how many students will benefit from these grants around October 1, when the enrollment period at local universities ends, reports News.ro.

Students who received the first prize at international Olympiads will get EUR 3,500 a year whereas those who ranked first at national Olympiads will benefit from EUR 3,000 per year. The program’s budget has been drafted considering all the eligible students with international and national prizes who could enroll in Romanian universities this year.

In order to benefit from the money, students need to complete their studies in Romanian universities. They need to commit that they would not leave the country.

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