Romanian wins first prize at CIPE

Romanian student Irina Alionte won the first prize in the 2009 International Youth Essay Competition organised by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), over 1,000 contestants from 106 countries attending the event.

Irina Alionte (21) is currently in her final year as an undergraduate student at the Academy of Economic Studies (ASE) in Bucharest, and will soon finish a degree in marketing. She impressed by the originality and the correctness of her English speech and ideas about the reform the Romanian education requires.

Educational Reforms and Employment Opportunities on Romania’s Labor Market, was the topic of her dissertation, where she spoke about the educational reforms and the employment of the Romanian youth on the labor market. And she drew a parallel between what education meant during the communist ruling and what it currently does.

To learn more about her essay visit The essay was also published in a magazine in Washington and sent to the data base of several experts from all over the world, and it will be also translated into Russian and distributed to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
‘ I tried to underscore the need of a sustainable effort so that the young students and graduates should benefit from educational opportunities and appropriate careers. Despite the ever larger number of graduates, most of the Romanian universities are but mere ‘diploma factories,’ Alionte says.

Every year we are proud of the Romanian youth’s academic potential, but only 12 percent of the students learning abroad come back to work in Romania, because they choose migrating to the western corporations that can offer them higher salaries and bigger professional satisfactions. Surely they are peaks in the educational system, but this does not mean such eminent students are highly performing, Alionte points out criticizing the fact that too many Romanian universities fail ranking among the most successful, worldwide.

The young graduates lack the training and the work experience required to fight against the paradox, and they have to fill in résumés for fictive jobs and accept lower paid work. Seeking for a job they even accept black labour, the author stressed.

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