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UPDATE ROMANIA Mihai Cirlanaru: Homesickness is strong, but this is no time for me to return to Romania

August 18, 2014

Agerpres, Bucharest, Romania

Aug. 18--BUCHAREST -- Passionate about computers ever since he was a little boy, Mihai Cirlanaru has succeeded in living out his dream. He studied hard, got involved in various activities and now he can say he starts reaping the benefits of his efforts. A graduate of the University of Bremen and a holder of a master's degree in Computer Research awarded by the Cambridge University, Mihai is now working as a software engineer on the platform.

Mihai Cirlanaru is a methodical busy man that cares about his time. You can presume that from his answers, which are to the point and leave no room for interpretation. They are, in other words, some code lines used by programmers during software development because technology is put to work to the benefit of humans.

Ever since his adolescence, he has understood that without thorough study he will fail to do what he wants. As an alumnus of the Tudor Vianu National Computer Science College in Bucharest, he has worked to highlight his qualities. That is how he got to win various prizes in competitions and national and international Olympiads of Informatics and Physics. Contacts with young people from other countries have exposed him to other horizons and clearly shaped up his desire to study abroad.

'From the beginning of high school I had wanted to study abroad. The desire was motivated not necessarily by the differences between the Romanian and Western university systems, as rather by the desire to study in an international environment with students from all over the world that would give me complete freedom to choose my classes regardless of my choice of specialty. I was fascinated by the freedom that their education systems offered. So I got to document myself about the application process at foreign universities, and finally I ended up studying at such a university,' says Mihai.

Because he was interested in and fascinated by computers, the way they work and the way in which these devices can be 'trained' to conduct various activities to the benefit of humans, Mihai Cirlanaru chose to continue his computer science studies at the Jacobs University of Bremen (Germany), a university that emphasises its students' multifaceted and multicultural development.

'The main difference from the Romanian education system is the freedom to choose the classes that interest you related to the subject matter you want to major in. Moreover, particularly in the U.S. and the UK, all faculties and departments are part of the same university, thus giving you the opportunity to choose classes in totally different specialties and also to interact almost daily with students of other faculties,' argues Mihai Cirlanaru .

He worked hard there as well, which won him Europeanwide recognition, as he was elected Student of the Year 2011 in Europe by the League of Romanian Students Abroad.

With his first degrees in computers awarded by the Jacobs University of Bremen, Mihai was accepted to master's classes in the same field at the prestigious University of Cambridge, an institution with a history of over 800 years of preparing students and a high level of research.

The exceptional training extended to him opened doors to computer sciences, where he put into practice all the knowledge gathered from his studies.

The young man is not yet contemplating coming home. He prefers to work abroad, hoping to develop his own business in the next ten years, a dream he has had ever since he started studying computers.

'Romania is a country totally different in lots of regards, of which cultural and historical regards are only some of them. Too bad that many of us realise this only when we leave our home country. I really appreciate the positive changes that have taken place in Romania in the last years, both in terms of infrastructure as well as in terms of capitalising on geographic and touristic assets. What I do not like is the corrupt political environment that hinders the progress of the country,' Mihai answers when asked about the good and the least good sides of his home country.

But, he has retained his optimism when it comes to the opportunity to capitalise in Romania on his so painstakingly amassed knowledge abroad.

'I hope that in the near future this will true. Unfortunately, for the time being, I am not so convinced I could find a job that maximises the knowledge I acquired abroad,' he says.

What would be the strongest argument for a decision to return to the places where he grew up? 'Homesickness is one of the most powerful feelings for me and a strong reason for coming back to Romania, but, as I said, I believe this is no time for me to return to Romania,' says Mihai Cirlanaru.

There would be something else that could make him return home: 'In addition to the desire to be with my family, the ability to change things at home for the better using the expertise I acquired in the West would be a solid argument professionally for a decision to come back home. I really hope one day that will happen,' says the exceptional Romanian young man.


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