Romania – an IT Country
Since joining the EU in 2007, Romania and its economy have consistently looked towards Europe. The Romanian people have traditionally felt a strong connection with European fundamental rights and values.
For years now, numerous companies have valued the highly skilled IT specialists from Romania. Thus, according to Bill Gates, a fifth of Microsoft’s IT specialists are of Romanian origin. Of all European countries, Romania has won the most medals in the International Informatics and Mathematics Olympiads. Currently, more than 100,000 IT specialists work in the country, making the per capita rate higher than in the USA, India or China.
Half a million young people are currently studying at the country’s six most important universities – Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iaşi, Braşov, Timişoara and Sibiu – and most of them MINT subjects. Approximately 8,000 of them are students of information technology and telecommunications. Almost all university graduates are able to speak English, and many of them speak French, followed by German, Italian and Spanish.
After numerous other legal incentives for the information and telecommunications industry, in 2015 the government adopted a strategy for the digital agenda for Romania that focuses on
- IoT and Industry 4.0
- Cloud Computing
The agenda helps maintain Romania’s attractiveness in terms of outsourcing, software services and IT.