The New Generation Hungarian Professionals and Scholars in the United
States - How to Utilize their Expertise for Hungary's Benefit
Saturday, March 8, 2003
from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
at the Embassy of Hungary, Washington, D.C.
Under the patronage of Ambassador András Simonyi, the Homecoming
Forum is a
joint initiative of the Embassy of Hungary and representatives of the "New
Generation Hungarian Professionals" of the Washington Metropolitan area.
The fact that this Forum has come about shows that Hungary has recognized
the importance of keeping these professionals in the intellectual,
cultural, and financial circulation of their homeland.
The Homecoming Forum purports to be a launch pad for a more continuous,
systematic, and perhaps institutionalized exchange of information between
Hungary's public/private sectors and the new generation Hungarian
expatriates living in the U.S.
On the one hand, this Forum will boost the traffic of this two-way street
of information exchange. On the other hand, it will demonstrate the mutual
benefits that Hungary and its expatriates could gain. Hungary may be able
to tap more into the underutilized resources and may regain some of the
loss generated by the massive brain-drain of its human capital. The
expatriates might benefit from improved legal regulations, the creation of
institutions, as well as online resource centers and databases that would
facilitate their return to Hungary.
The ultimate goal of this Forum is to capitalize on Hungarian and
Hungarian-American intellectuals, scientists, businesspersons, and
celebrities living in the U.S. This may not strike as novelty, but the
generation that we turn to, is the new one. Building on the lessons of the
historic emigration, now the time has come to embrace the new generation
more consciously and to address the issues that would help their
participation in Hungarian-American matters, and thus contribute to the
development of Hungary. We believe that this Forum will be the first in a
global campaign that will ultimately engage thousands of Hungarians around
the world to reconnect them to their roots.
To discuss and evaluate the experience of the new generation of
Hungarian professionals and students in the US
To find ways for Hungary to benefit from their expertise and
facilitate their return to Hungary
To tap into the talents and resources of young Hungarian-Americans
To show the support of the Hungarian Government for the return of
Hungarian professionals and students