15 June 2018, Friday

The University of Ruse becomes the founder of HEInnovate academic network

 Rector COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc proposed the establishment of a Network of entrepreneurial universities during the international conference „HEInnovate: Supporting institutional change in higher education"

The international conference dedicated to innovations in higher education convened at the University of Ruse more than 150 representatives of academic communities of European universities, entrepreneurs, politicians and teams of the Directorate General in Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission. The forum was organized by the European Commission in partnership with the University of Ruse and the Ministry of Education and Science of R Bulgaria.

Partner training workshops in the first day provided opportunities for establishing contacts between representatives of the academic communities and   start-up companies in Europe. The participants focused onУ two of HEInnovate's dimensions: „Training And support of entrepreneurs", with Emilian Enev of Startup Factory  as a moderator and „Entrepreneurial teaching and learning", moderated by Irina Kostadinova, PhD, from the Faculty of Business and |Management of the University of Ruse.

The "speed dating" format chosen allowed presenters from Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria to share good practices, exchange ideas and get recommendations for their future work by the participants in the discussion, who kept rotating at the different tables. The heated debates during the sessions and the newly established contacts laid the foundations for future joint endeavours.

During the debate on the regional perspective of higher education, the challenges and the drivers, which could turn innovations and entrepreneurship into reality were discussed in two panels. In the first part the topic was „Measuring the impact of higher education institutions on innovations", with talks given by Mr Koen Jonkers from the Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Ivana Radonova, PhD from the Higher Education Directorate of the Ministry of Education and Science and prof. Daniel Bratanov, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Healthcare with the University of Ruse. The second panel was dedicated to the impact higher education has on the local and regional development. The moderator of this panel was Mr. John Edwards from the Joint Research Centre while Svilen Kunev, Phd, from the Management And Business Development Department with the University of Ruse,      Ms Desislava Koleva, 'Projects and Economic development', Gabrovo municipality Ms Agatha Filimon, North-East Regional Development Agency, Romania, and Anne Deloise, University of Orleans, France were the panellists.

            The second day of the forum started with a plenary session in the presence of the Deputy minister of education and science, Mr. Peter Nikolov, Mr. Georgi Dimitrov - Deputy Head of Unit , Innovation and EIT, DG EAC, European Commission, the deputy mayor of Ruse, Mr. Strahil Karapchanski and Assoc. prof. Maria Fartunova from the Council of Rectors, Bulgaria.

In his welcoming address, the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev declared that the academic community appreciates the privilege to host the HEInnovate forum and to be co-organiser. „Ever since 2013, when the University of Ruse was selected by the Ministry of Science and Education to be one of five pilot universities to participate in the implementation of HEInnovate project for Bulgaria, we have seen that it is our mission to be among the entrepreneurial universities in Europe and to direct our efforts towards building entrepreneurial culture among its students and lecturers", stated the Rector. At the end of his speech he announced the foundation of HEInnovate Academic network, where all universities and institutions, participating in the Conference to be co-founders. „Our vision is to start a consortium of the higher education institutions, who share the mission, guiding principles and values of HEInnovate", added, COR MEM Beloev.

In his address to the audience, Deputy Minister Peter Nikolov said that the Conference at the University of Ruse is the closing event of the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in the field of education. He reported the recent meetings and high-level discussions in the field of higher education and summarised the key results from the forum in Ruse, namely, the conclusions about the needs of further deepening and stimulating the cooperation between universities, businesses and the environment.

The idea for founding HEInnovate Academic network was welcomed by Mr. Georgi Dimitrov, as well as by Assoc. prof. Fartunova. The plenary paper was presented by Prof. Slavica Singer, UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurship, J.J. Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia. She presented the experience of her team and highlighted the importance of cooperation between HEInnovate partners.

            The EU Member of Parliament and creator of the А.L.E.C.O programme – Mr. Andrey Novakov took part in the debate on the digital transformation of universities. He commented that the bureaucratic burden when funding innovative projects and ideas should be reduced while at the same time a balance must be sought between the protection of taxpayers' funds and the access to financial resources for the entrepreneurs. The remaining participants in the discussion - Ms Isabel Schünemann, Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (tbc), Prof. Andrew Szony, University of Toronto and Mr Rahul Bansal, Deputy Director Education, Climate-KIC (tbc) shared their experience and emphasised the idea that computers are only a means for solving problems, but the human factor and the organisational culture are more important. Prof. Angel Smrikarov – Director of the Centre for Innovative Educational Technologies of the University of Ruse – presented the draft of the National programme for digitalisation of education, which has already earned a broad national and international support.

At the end of the two-day conference, the new eighth dimension of HEInnovate tool for digital transformation of higher education institutions was announced. It will supplement the remaining seven – leadership and guidance; organisational capacity; teaching and learning; paths for entrepreneurs; cooperation between universities and businesses; internationalisation of institutions and measuring the impact.

14 June 2018, Thursday

Third innovative Youth EXPO at the University of Ruse

The forum is part of the International conference "HEInnovate: Supporting institutional change in higher education"

The innovative Youth EXPO was opened by the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, who recalled its history and emphasized the fact that it keeps attracting more and more participants. The third edition of the forum is part of the International conference "HEInnovate: Supporting institutional change in higher education" (14-16 June 2018), which is held under the auspices of the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with the UN and has been coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria (MES).

The forum was greeted by the Deputy Mayor of Ruse, Mr. Strahil Karapchanski, Mr. Georgi Dimitrov - Deputy Head of Unit, Innovation and EIT, DG EAC, European Commission, Ms Angelina Lambreva – director of Higher Education Directorate in MES, Ms. Rositsa Georgieva – Head of Regional Management of Education in Ruse and Yana Vangelova – Chair of the National Re3presentation of Student Unions in Bulgaria.

The participants in the HEInnovate Conference and the Youth EXPO III were greeted by the students from the high school of Mathematics with the performance "Mothers and Sons.

All 38 participants – research teams, student companies, university student professional clubs and start-ups – presented their developments, models and prototypes during the EXPO.

A life-saving drone, providing first aid to patients with cardiac arrest was demonstrated by the team from the University of medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj Napoka, Romania.

Some of the most attractive participants were the members of "Trenvio" team, students in the digital master degree programme of the European Institute of Innovations and Technologies, part of the Sorbonne University. They presented a group travel shipping company, where travelers buy local quality products and deliver them to customers. On one hand, travellers earn pocket money, on the other hand, their customers obtain locally inaccessible goods. The services are offered by creating and administering a secure, user-friendly and powerful platform, guaranteed both parties.

The project NEVROtech of the University of Lisbon connects virtual reality and neurosciences for treatment of phobias. The innovative method, together with the traditional ones, allows the optimization of the therapy. It combines virtual reality and EEG-signals, providing objective indicators for qualitative measuring of therapeutic efficiency.

The start-up company of the institute for higher education Saint Martin, Malta showed to the public in Kaneff Centre the project INTACT, which won the European Junior Achievement challenge for 2017 in Helsinki. The team presented a technology, increasing the safety for bikers. Shock sensors, mounted in the biker's helmet, are connected to a smart phone application, which automatically alarms the emergency services and the relatives of the injured person, identifying the location of the accident.

The High School of Mathematics in Ruse was represented by three school companies - „VICEM", „Retyres" and „Mаster Minds". One of the school teams has developed a biopesticide, which protects the bees, another one has developed a technology for producing motor oils from old tires, and the third team is working for better communication between officers in the institutions and people with hearing impairment, creating a kind of Call Centre with sign language interpreters.

Students from "Vazrazhdane" High School showed a model of electrical bicycle with an auto locking system and possibility for tracing through a mobile app while their peers from the English Language School demonstrated a system for cleaning of aquariums. Students from the Vocational High school for Clothes „Nedka Ivan Lazarova" demonstrated transforming clothing from the collection "Bulgaria – part of the colourful world of Europe".

Different teams from the University of Ruse showed their developments, dominated by automobiles. The Automobile driver club showed a proto-type of electric car, „Four Wheels" – karting automobiles with alternative drive, while HydRU demonstrated a prototype of urban car driven by a fuel cell. Robots, airplane models, made by students, technologies for digitalisation and visualisation of historical and cultural monuments, prototypes of systems for measuring environmental parameters and physiological parameters of the human body were only some of the developments seen by the audience.

17 May 2018, Thursday

The University of Ruse will host a Francophone seminar at the end of June

Representatives of the University Agency of Francophonie (UAF) and the Body of Rectors of the University of Ruse discussed the organisation of a National workshop in our university. The event is to be held at the end of June. The possibility of establishing a Francophone Centre at the University of Ruse by 2020, expanding the Bulgarian network of such centres, was negotiated.

Participants in the meeting were the regional director for Central and Eastern Europe of UAF – Mohamed Ketata and the head of the office for Bulgaria and Turkey – Petar Topalov while the University of Ruse was represented by the rector, Cor. Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSC and the vice rectors Prof. J. Popova, Prof. D. Antonova and Prof. P. Daskalov.

The guests were shown around the facilities – the library, the publishing centre and the design studio.


16 May 2018, Wednesday

The tenth edition of Global Village at the University of Ruse

The Annual workshop „Global Village 2018" on the topic of The international activity of the Department of Machine Science, Machine Elements and Engineering Graphics" was held for the tenth time at the University of Ruse. At the beginning of the workshop, the Rector of the university, Cor. Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc greeted the participants and said that this initiative is indicative of the integration between the Departments in the higher school in the fields of research and teaching. During the event, both the research achievements and the international activities of the Department were presented and the participants witnessed the positive effect of these activities on the quality of the teaching process.

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Prof. Antoaneta Dobreva – Head of the Department of Machine Science, Machine Elements and Engineering Graphics with the Faculty of Transport, summarized the international activities and reported that the team is in cooperation with more than 15 universities from different European states. Caliopa Stilinovich and Nurten Syuleimani from "St Kliment Ohridski" University in Bitola, Macedonia talked about the relations between the two universities while Daniela Schults from the Technical University Vildau answered the questions of students, related to academic exchange and research in Germany.

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Students, why have participated in academic exchange and practice within the Erasmus Programme, shared their impressions from their stay in European universities and companies, and gave some recommendations top their colleagues, who are planning to participate in this programme.


15 May 2018, Tuesday

The connectivity of generations in the digital world discussed at an international conference in the University of Ruse

University lecturers, students and teachers, representatives of research institutes, government and non-government organisations from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, as well as pensioners discussed the role of the different generations in the digital world at the conference "Three generations together in the digital world", held at the University of Ruse on 13.05.2018.

In his greeting address to the participants, the Rector, Cor.Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc emphasized the importance of digitalisation in the field of education and the adaptation of study content to the digital generation. The Conference received greeting addresses from the Mayor of Ruse, Mr. Plamen Stoilov and the Governor of Ruse Region, Mr. Galin Grigorov. The European Commissioner on digital economy and digital society, Mrs. Maria Gabriel, sent a greeting address, in which she has pointed out that digital transformation is a unique opportunity for economic growth and innovations. Mrs. Carmen Stadelhofer, President of the Institute for virtual and real education of third age (ILEU,e.V.)  with the University of Ulm, Germany, sent a video greeting to the participants in the conference, where she elaborated on the inclusion of third age citizens in the civil society and their personal growth as they acquire skills, appropriate for the digital world.

Assoc. prof. Emilia Velikova, PhD from the Faculty of Education and Natural Sciences, and a Board member of the International Association Danube Networkers for Europe (DANET) e.V., presented the work of the Centre for Education of Third Age with the University of Ruse, focusing on cooperation between representatives of the three generations – high school and university students, lecturers and pensioners, expressed in their successful participation in internationally recognized European and national projects. Mr. Yordan Kazakov, MEng, Chairperson of the Regional Council of the Union of Pensioners - Ruse'2004, shared the experiences of the third age generation in using the new technologies for communication and distribution of information.

Students from the Vocational High School of Economics "Elias Canetti", presented their study company while another group of students from the German Language High School "Friedrich Schiller" demonstrated how the digital technologies connect us. The project "Bread Connects" was introduced to the audience by students from the Vocational High School of Tourism in Ruse.

Prof. Angel Smrikarov introduced the concept for digitalisation of education, implemented by the University of Ruse through training teachers in using the digital technologies in the teaching process. Assoc. prof. Desislava Atanasova spoke about the future construction of a Centre of Excellence in the field of IT – a project involving 5 universities. Another project presented digitalisation of historical artefacts from the lower Danube district, thus allowing different generations to be in touch with them from their homes or any other location, thanks to the innovative technologies.

Mrs. Ana Zlibut, from The Association The Writers` League Timisoara Banat Branch, Romania, General Secretary of International Association Danube - Networkers for Europe (DANET) e.V presented in an original way how literature serves as a bridge between generations. Together with her were Ms. Diana Zlibut, a representative of the young generation, who read an emotional essay on the topic, and Mrs. Doina Dragan, President of the "Writers' League" – three generations together in the digital world. Ms. Lidija Jevremovic, training organizer, National Foundation for Human Aging "Dr Laza Lazarevic", Belgrade, Serbia, spoke about the Inter-generational cooperation, which is a priority and leading strategy of her organization.

The conference was organised by the Centre for Education of Third Age (CETA) with the University of Ruse „Angel Kanchev", the Union of Pensioners – Ruse'2004 and the Institute for virtual and real education of third age (ILEU,e.V.) with the University of Ulm, Germany as well as the Foundation "Ruse – a free spirit city".



14 May 2018, Monday

Fifth International Erasmus week at the University of Ruse

The Fifth International Erasmus week at the University of Ruse started today. On behalf of the academic leadership, the guests were greeted by Prof. Plamen Kangalov, Vice-rector of Education, and Prof. Juliana Popova, Vice-rector of internationalisation and communication policy, presented the University of Ruse. The topic of this year's event is "Internationalisation of higher education – opportunities and challenges"and it concerns all institutions of higher education on a global scale.

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A total of 25 participants from nine countries (Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Macedonia and Great Britain) will take part in trainings and give lectures at the University of Ruse between 14 and 18 May. The Agenda of the Fifth International Erasmus week includes presentations of different universities, sharing experience and exchange of good practices in the field of international relations.

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Later today the guests will visit the Exposition of the University of Ruse History and the historical part of Ruse. The Fifth International Erasmus week will finish with a field trip to the medieval capital of Bulgaria, Veliko Turnovo.

 

10 May 2018, Thursday

A robot for inspection of ship hulls was created by Bulgarian researchers

The "ARMUS" system solves a problem case posed 10 years ago by the Pentagon

An innovative system for inspection of ship hulls (ARMUS) was presented at the University of Ruse. It is a collaborative development of researchers from the University of Ruse and the Institute of Metal Science, Equipment and Technologies with the Centre of Hydro- and Aerodynamics "Acad. Angel Balevski" at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Its first presentation was during the visit of the presidents of Bulgaria – Rumen Radev, Romania – Klaus Iohannis, and Austria – Alexander Van Der Belen to the University of Ruse.

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The invention pertains to the robotic ship inspection systems, explained its designer, Prof. Daniel Bratanov from the University of Ruse. ARMUS can move on the outside of the hull – above and under the water line, as well as on the inside of the sailing vessels – cargo holds and tanks.

The assignment for creating a robot that can inspect a moving vessels has been on the website of one of the Pentagon's Institutes for nearly 10 years as an unsolved challenge. The Bulgarian team has been working in the course of three years and has designed a system that can be attached to a moving ship's hull and perform an inspection while the ship is landing. The inspection includes crawling, investigating, filming and inspection of the hull in changing weather conditions, precise diagnostics of its state, check for smuggled goods and lime mines, as well as monitoring its fouling with marine organisms. In addition to the visual inspection, the team has included a feature for ARMUS to check the quality - for Екипът е предвидил освен визуална инспекция на корпусите, АРМУС да проверява и качеството – presence of welding faults on the surface finish, etc.

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An application for patent has been submitted and the first expertise has shown that there is no similar system, said Prof. Bratanov. Companies from Panama and Malaysia have already show3n interest in ARMUS.

Link to the presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_V7p2teeus

 

8 May 2018, Tuesday  

Participation of students and lecturers from the University of Ruse in a Mental Health forum in Romania

For a third year in a row, the University of Ruse participated in the international module for mental health „Let's Assemble the Puzzle", organised by the University in Bacau. Traditionally, the event gathers lecturers and students from higher schools in Belgium, Finland, Romania and Bulgaria for a three-day intensive work in the sphere of community based mental health services.

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This year's lecturers were Chris Collier and Petra Speleers from the University College Artewelde in Gent. The lecturers shared their rich practical experience in working with individuals, having mental health problems while the students were actively engaged in the study process through solving tasks and problems, case study work, reflection, etc.

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The University of Ruse was represented by the students Seda Ziyadin and Joana Vladimirova from the degree programme Occupational Therapy, together with Assoc. prof. Lilia Todorova, with the financial support of the Consortium of Institutes of Higher Education in Health and Rehabilitation in Europe (COHEHRE).

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The possibility for the University of Ruse to host the module every other year was discussed at a work meeting. This will provide better opportunity for participation of more students from our university.



4 May 2018, Friday

The presidents of Bulgaria, Romania and Austria took part in the conference Sustainable Development of the Danube Region" at the University of Ruse

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 The University of Ruse hosted the conference „Sustainable Development of the Danube Region". The presidents of Bulgaria, Romania and Austria – Rumen Radev, Klaus Iohannis and Alexander van Der Belen took part in one of the panels. 

            The first panel of the forum was dedicated to the role of higher education for the sustainable development of the Danube region. Moderator of this discussion was the Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse – prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD. The three panellists were: the Chairperson of the Council of Rectors in Bulgaria and Rector of the University of Mining and Geology – prof. Lyuben Totev, Assoc. prof. Oktavian Tarabuca – Rector of the Naval Academy in Constanta and the Member of Bulgarian Parliament – Mr. Iskren Veselinov, Chairperson of the Regional Development Committee of the Parliament.

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In the second panel, topics on the connectivity between the countries along the Danube region were discussed.

„For the people living in this region, some of whom are the citizens of Bulgaria, Romania and Austria, the economic growth, transport connectivity and preservation of the unique natural and cultural heritage on the territory along the Danube are issues of vital importance. The University of Ruse has always accepted as its mission to be the driver for the development of the Danube Region", mentioned in his introduction the Rector of the University of Ruse, Cor. Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc, DHC, mult. He added that „…cooperation with the universities in the Danube space is our natural priority and a major milestone in our international activity.

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„I am an optimist for the development of the Danube Region because you, the young people, are its main resource. I am convinced that Bulgaria, Romania and Austria will be drivers for the development of the Danube idea". This is what the president of Bulgaria, Mr. Rumen Radev, stated in Kaneff Centre of the University of Ruse. According to him, huge regional differences can be observed along the River Danube – „here are the richest and most developed, as well as the poorest regions in Europe – the latter in North-western Bulgaria. That is why our common goal is to work for the implementation of the Danube strategy. We need to re-focus Europe's attention on the Danube region", added the president in the hall, overflowing with people. In the course of the lively discussion and in response to the many questions raised, the Bulgarian president noted that enhancing the standard of living should be the main instrument for keeping the young people in the smaller settlements in Bulgaria.


            According to the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, the connectivity between the people living along the Danube is still far from what is desired and what is possible. "We have a lot of work to do. I believe it is time to revise the Danube strategy and make it more visible for the citizens", said the Romanian President.

In his turn, the President of Austria – Alexander Van der Belen stated that the River Danube is a resource, which should be used more efficiently for the development of tourism and transport. He emphasised to the audience that the young people should be responsible and thoughtful of the future, which belongs to them.

            At the end of the forum, the Rector – Cor.Mem. Prof.Hristo Beloev handed the Crystl Sign of the University of Ruse to each of the three presidents – Rumen Radev, Klaus Iohannis and Alexander Van Der Belen. After the official part of the conference, President Radev had a meeting with the academic leadership of the University of Ruse and expressed his satisfaction with its achievements, the innovative developments and the work of the multidisciplinary teams.

The three presidents viewed the latest developments of robots, radio-controlled models and the bolide cars, which will represent the University of Ruse at Shell Eco marathon in London this year. A special attention attracted the robot for rescue operations and bomb disposal "Rescuer" and the system for inspection of ship hulls "ARMUS". The latter is a robotic system for inspection of ship hulls – on the outside, along the board, and on the inside - cargo holds and fuel tanks.



24 April 2018, Tuesday

The Head of the Political Department of the British Embassy talked with the students of the University of Ruse

Mr. Tom Hines – Head of the Political Department of the British Embassy in Bulgaria, talked to students from the University of Ruse. The current foreign policy topics covered by the diplomat provoked the young people to participate in the discussion actively. What is happening with the relationships between the EU and Great Britain, between Bulgaria and Great Britain and will Brexit affect the opportunities for student mobility, were among the issues discussed.

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The governance of the University of Ruse was represented by Prof. Juliana Popova, PhD – Vice rector in International Relations and the Chairperson of the Assembly General, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD.

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Mr. Hines was accompanied by four associates of the Political department, who presented their responsibilities and also answered questions from the audience.


13 April 2018, Friday

PhD students from the Faculty of Transport participated in a workshop with a visiting lecturer from Poland

Prof. Alexander Sladkovski of the Silesian University of Тechnology in Katovitse, Poland was a lecturer at the workshop for PhD students from the Department of Transport with the University of Ruse. The training was part of the project BG05M2OP001-2.009-0011-С01 „Support for the development of Human Resources in the field of research and innovations at the University of Ruse.

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The workshop "Transport issues and opportunities for joint training and research" was directed to the young researchers who had the opportunity to draw experience from and to communicate with the prominent Polish professor. Prof. Sladkovski presented interesting facts about the specifics of the Polish system of accreditation and funding of state higher institutions and about the training and research in the Faculty of Transport, where he is working as the Head of the Department of Logistics and aviation technologies, as well as Erasmus+ project coordinator

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Prior to the lecture, the researcher met the Body of Rectors to discuss opportunities for cooperation and joint work on future projects between the two universities.






21 March, 2018 Thursday

Cooperation between the University of Ruse and higher schools from Azerbaijan was discussed by the Rectors of the University of Ruse and Her Excellency, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Nargis  Gurbanova

The Ambassador of Azerbaijan, H.E. Nargis  Gurbanova visited the University of Ruse and had a meeting with the Body of Rectors. Opportunities for expanding the cooperation between the higher school and universities in Azerbaijan were outlined at the meeting, with the participation of prof. Juliana Popova, PhD – vice-rector of European Integration, prof. Plamen Kangalov, PhD – vice-rector of Education and prof. Plamen Daskalov – vice-rector of Development, Coordination and Continuing Education.

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H.E. Gurbanova outlined the interests in the cooperation between her country and Bulgaria. Focusing on the sphere of education, she offered cooperation with several Azeri universities. In their turn, the vice-rectors informed her that there are two frame agreements signed between the University of Ruse and the Khazar University and Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University.

In 2015 the University of Ruse supported the opening of a Bachelor degree programme in Automation at the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University  and  provided a comprehensive training programme in English, methodological support and exchange of students and lecturers. This useful cooperation could be enhanced with a Master degree programme in the same field.

The Ambassador of Azerbaijan invited representatives of the University of Ruse to the annual Exhibition on Education in Baku, in October, 2018, where universities from Russia, Turkey, Iran, the USA, thye Central Asian countries, etc. participate.



7 March 2018, Wednesday

A visit from Galati

The Vice-rector of Danubius University in Galati, Romania, prof. Emanuel Marinesku was on a visit at the University of Ruse. At the meeting with Cor. Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, the guest extended his congratulations to the newly elected rector. Issues of cooperation between the two universities were discussed. This cooperation dates back to 2013 and is growing more and more intensive. The University of Ruse was invited to become co-organiser of the International conference "European integration – reality and perspectives", which will be held on 18-19 May 2018 at the Danubius University http://www.conferences.univ-danubius.ro/index.php/EIRP/EIRP2018

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            For five years noe the two universities have been co-organisers of the International conference "The River Danube – an axis of European identity", which is held annually on the Day of the Danube – 29 June, and is quite popular with lecturers and PhD students.





2 March 2018, Friday

Excellent presentation of the University of Ruse at an International conference in Brussels

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At the end of February, in Brussels, the International conference "HEInnovate: Make Innovation Work in Higher Education" was held under the patronage of the European Commission and the United Nations Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The University of Ruse was invited to share their experience in stimulating entrepreneurial attitude among its academic community.

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At the workshop in the frames of the forum, the Head of the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Ruse, Assoc. prof. Daniel Pavlov, pointed out the key benefits from the activities undertaken from the higher school in 2014 in response to the initiative of HEInnovate. The students were also given the chance to present their expectations for the improvement of the performance of EU Universities. During the conference, "Student HEInnovate Hackaton" was held for the first time. At this event, the Chairperson of the Student Council of the University of Ruse, Stanimir Boyadjiev, took part together with 30 other students from 19 countries.

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Besides the two representatives of the University of Ruse, Bulgaria was represented by Ivana Radonova, PhD (Ministry of Education and Science) and Dimka Mihajlova-Radeva (Center for Human Resources). Dr. Radonova announced to the participants that the next international conference will be held at the University of Ruse, 14-16 June 2018. The event will be coordinated by the Ministry of Education and Science within the framework of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of Europe.

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1 March 2018, Thursday

Chinese Lantern Festival at the University of Ruse

Confucius study hall in the University of Ruse decided to welcome the Bulgarian Baba Marta with the Chinese Latern festival, which took place in the connecting unit to Building 2.

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The Lantern Festival is celebrated everywhere in China on 15 January from the Lunar calendar, immediately after the Spring festival, and is part of the holidays, connected to the coming of spring. The Chinese tradition calls for celebration by hanging colourful lanterns and garlands in their homes and in the streets. The festival is marked by concerts and fireworks while the participants a treated to Chinese dumplings with sweet rice Yuanshyao – an attractive continuation of the Spring festival.

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The students from Ruse had the chance to take part in the traditional Chinese game opf puzzles – The Lantern Puzzle. On each lantern there is a puzzle written and he, who solves it, gets a prize. The game originated at the time of  Song dynasty, when games, which brought entertainment through wisdom became popular.

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27 February 2018, Tuesday

The University of Ruse will support methodologically the accreditation of the Tarakliya State University

The Rector of Tarakliya State University "Grigorii Tsamblak", assoc. prof. Maria Paslar, visited the University of Ruse and had a meeting with the Body of Rectors. They discussed an activity plan after the establishment of the Bulgarian-Moldovian university consortium. The Agreement for the International consortium in the sphere of science and education between the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev", the University of Veliko Tarnovo "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" and Tarakliya State University "Grigorii Tsamblak" was signed last autumn. Development and exchange of educational and methodological literature, joint research monographs and research and methodological publications, academic exchange of specialists in the framework of educational and research programmes, lecture courses, joint research, student exchange, etc.

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After presenting the current state of Tarakliya State University "Grigorii Tsamblak", the rector outlined the tasks and problems they face. Assoc. prof. Paslar admitted that a small part of the staff have academic ranks and this problem can be solved with lecturers from the University of Ruse and the University of Veliko Tarnovo, who can give lectures to the students from Moldova.

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Some issues related specifically to the accreditation process and the methodological support which the University of Ruse can provide for the successful completion of the accreditation procedure.

At the meeting, the Body of Rectors of the University of Ruse declared once again their unreserved support for the Tarakliya State University, which is the largest spiritual and cultural centre of the Bulgarian diaspora and the ethnic Bulgarians in the region.


26 February 2018, Monday

The Ambassador of the State of Kuwait visited the University of Ruse

The Ambassador of the State of Kuwait – His Excellency Jaqoub Youssef al-Attiki visited the University of Ruse and had a meeting with the students. 

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In his lecture for the students and the lecturers from the degree programmes European and Global Studies; European Studies and Multi-level Governance and Euro-Atlantic and Global Security he spoke about the relations between the State of Kuweit and the European Union. Some topics about the Kurdish issues were also discussed after the diplomat presented his research on the topic.

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At a meeting with the Body of Rectors later, His Excellency Jaqoub Youssef al-Attiki shared his expectations for strengthening the cooperation between Bulgaria and Kuweit both in the sphere of economy and education.

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The Rector, Cor. Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev stated that the University of Ruse is ready for an exchange of students and lecturers and for cooperation in the field of research.

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His Excellency Jaqoub Youssef al-Attiki  is well acquainted with the research and human resource potential of the University of Ruse because he has a Master degree in International Cooperation and European Projects in the professional field Political Sciences from this university.

22 February 2018, Thursday

Representatives of the University of Ruse shared experience during two international forums in Sofia

On 20 and 21 February a meeting of the Directors General for Higher Education was held in Sofia within the framework of Bulgaria's Presidency of the EU Council. During the second day of the meeting, two representatives of the University of Ruse took part in the forum – the vice-rector of development, coordination and continuous education of the University of Ruse – Prof. Plamen Daskalov and Pr. Assistant Svilen Kunev, PhD from the faculty of Business and Management. During the panel The Role of the Higher Education Institutions for the development of regional competitiveness they presented the experience of the University of Ruse in developing and implementing projects under the European structural funds, the social functions it fulfils in the region, as well as its role in the cross-border region Bulgaria-Romania and the Danube educational space.

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Sophia Ericsson – director in Education and Culture Directorate of the European Commission reported the extremely successful results of the University of Ruse in the HEInnovate project. She announced that the higher school will host an international conference on the HEInnovate initiative in June, where project results will be reported.

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The University of Ruse is among the first in Europe to accept the challenge of getting involved in the project back in 2014. The aim of this project is to provide counselling, ideas and inspiration to higher schools for efficient management of the institutional and cultural changes. Today, more than 800 universities on 5 continents participate in this initiative.

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In another international event – Round table on Digital transformation in tourism, organised by the Ministry of Tourism on 15 February, the University of Ruse presented the ARCHIVЕ project, realised by a team of the higher school in partnership with experts from the museums in Ruse and Constanta, Romania.

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The presentation was within the frames of the panel Digitalisation and the new opportunities for preserving cultural heritage. Assoc. prof. Plamen Zahariev from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation made a presentation and shared an innovative way of presenting archaeological finds, using the new technologies. In a specially created digital corner, the possibility for 3D visualisation of objects was demonstrated to the participants in the event.

 


20 February 2018, Tuesday

COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, DHC mult. – elected the Rector of the University of Ruse

COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, DHC mult. was elected the Rector of the University of Ruse with 176 votes. He will be at the head of the institution until the end of the mandate in 2019. The elections were conducted after the Rector, Prof. Velizara Pencheva handed her resignation from the post on 24 January.

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The only candidate for the rector's post, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, was nominated by 17 departments, 5 faculties, the three branches in Silistra, Razgrad and Vidin and the Student Council. At a session of the Assembly General he presented his platform for management of the University.  

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I am perfectly aware of the fact that the dynamic times, the economic crisis and the demographic collapse require new approaches to solving the problems, new modes, methods and tools for work. We will be searching for them and implementing them together, we will change and move forward. But there is one thing I will never change, because it is deeply embedded in my beliefs – my trust and respect towards people, the firm conviction that they are our most valuable capital and we need to invest in them continuously", said COR MEM Beloev in his speech.

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In her address to the academic community, Prof. Velizara Pencheva thanked them for the mutual understanding and joint efforts in the past two years.


19 February 2018, Monday

Language courses in Chinese at the University of Ruse

The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Ruse and Confucius study hall announce to the general public that they will be offering courses in Chinese language and culture for university and high school students, as well as adults. The courses are:

  1. Introductory course in Chinese language and culture for university and high school students with 60 classes duration – 15 weeks, 4 classes a week.
  2. Introductory course in Chinese language and culture for university employees and adults with 60 classes duration – 15 weeks, 4 classes a week
  3. Preparatory course for the HSK test (for professional competency) in Chinese with 60 classes duration – 15 weeks, 4 classes a week.

For information and enrollment:

The Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Ruse

Main building, first floor, room 213.1

Tel. 082 888 567


15 February 2018, Thursday

New project under Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme

The University of Ruse became a partner in the project Integrated Interventions for Employment in the Cross-border Region Giurgiu - Ruse (MOBGIRU) under the Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria, in which the leading partner is the Red Cross Branch in Giurgiu, Romania and another partner – the Institute on Metal Science with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The common goal of the project is to develop the capacity for employment of unemployed and inactive individuals from the region Giurgiu-Ruse for the period of 18 months through:

  • Research for identifying measures for better correlation between individual skills, education, employment potential and opportunities offered by the labour market;
  • Establishing two regional employment resource centres – in Ruse, on the territory of the University of Ruse and in Giurgiu;
  • Organising two employment fairs in Giurgiu and in Ruse;
  • Organising of information motivational campaigns among the project target groups;
  • Developing a web based platform for labour mobility with the purpose of increasing the professional mobility in the region Giurgiu – Ruse and meeting the specific needs of the common labour market. The platform which is being developed by Romanian and Bulgarian experts will be accessible for users from the region and beyond, both by users of the employment service and by employers. Each user will be able to create his account and look for or offer jobs in the cross-border region Giurgiu-Ruse.

On 14 February 2018, the first job fair was held in the Resource centre in Giurgiu, where Romanian and Bulgarian employers, as well as representatives of the target groups under the project from Romania and Bulgaria. The fair was visited by the Mayor of Guirgiu, Mr. Nikolae Barbu.

2 February 2018, Friday

Frame agreement signed between the Rectors of the University of Ruse and the University of Karaiova, Romania

The final meeting under the project "Risk Management for Large-scale Infrastructures in the Romanian-Bulgarian Cross-border Area", in which the University of Ruse is a partner, was held in the Grand lecture hall Mihai I of the University of Craiova. The rectors of the two largest universities in the cross-border region, Prof. Velizara Pencheva and Prof Cezar Spinu, signed a frame agreement for cooperation.

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The signing of this document is a continuation of the work under bilateral agreements, signed years ago between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation and Razgrad Branch of the University of Ruse and the Romanian university and the joint projects realised under those agreements.

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The Frame agreement provides opportunities for student mobility and cooperation in research. At the University of Craiova there is a Research centre with four units – Electrical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Biotechnologies and Вioengineering, and Computer Sciences. There are laboratories in each of these units, whose teams will collaborate with PhD students and lecturers from the University of Ruse.

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The project "Risk Management for Large-scale Infrastructures in the Romanian-Bulgarian Cross-border Area" , which started 24 months ago aimed at reducing the risk probability in various large-scale infrastructures in the cross-border region Bulgaria-Romania, including dams and electrical power stations, chemical, military and wastewater treatment plants.



22 January 2018, Monday

New joint projects discussed the governing bodies of the University of Ruse and the Naval Academy – Constanta

A delegation from "Mircea cel Batran" Naval Academy, led by the Vice-rector in education, prof. Aleku Toma, visited the University of Ruse. Projects of mutual interest were discussed, with an emphasis on cooperation in the field of engineering sciences. Exchange of lecturers from the two higher schools would contribute to the strengthening of the partnership, was the view of the participants in the discussion. Joint research, publications in specialised journals and publishing books were also discussed at the meeting.

The participants in the meeting agreed that the short distance between Ruse and Constanta would facilitate the realisation of a joint study programme for students. The key to an improved cooperation is the close contact between researchers from Ruse and Constanta, noted prof. Toma.

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Discussions with the management of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Еlectronics and Аutomation, visits to their laboratories and introducing the new projects of the University of Ruse were also part of the visit.

The cooperation between the University of Ruse and "Mircea cel Batran" Naval Academy dates back to 2011, when a three-year project in the field of human resources and RES started. In 2015 the project was awarded the RINNO award for most active inter-university cooperation in the cross-border area between Bulgaria and Romania. Gradually the joint activities have been diversified. An annual exchange between students and lecturers is carried out while researchers from the two institutions participate in international conferences with joint papers. Cor. Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev became Doctor Honoris Causa of the Naval Academy in 2015 and a year later the Rector of the Academy – Rear Admiral Prof. Vergil Kitsak was awarded the highest academic title – DHC of the University of Ruse.



15 January 2018, Monday

An international alumni visits Ruse University after 30 years and shares successful professional experiences

Nidal Saleh Hamda was the first Palestinian who graduated from the University of Ruse. In 1986 he obtained his degree in Engineering in the degree programme "Automobiles, Tractors and Fork-lifts". At a meeting with the Rector, prof. Velizara Pencheva and the General Assembly Chairperson, Cor.Mem. Prof. Hristo Beloev, he shared moments from his professional development, which has been successful due to the knowledge, acquired at the University.

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„When I was studying here in the 1980s, there were 27 Palestinian students in the preparatory language course, who are still in my list of contacts today", recalled Mr. Hamda. His first work place was in one of the large construction companies in the region, and his first building project was a university in Jordan. „I was not worried that I would not know anything because the preparation I had at the University was not merely theoretical, but such that provided confidence that I will manage", shared our guest. For 10 years he had been Head of the Transport Department of the Jordan Ministry of Healthcare and, as an engineer, he was responsible for over 800 vehicles, including specialised ambulances. His professional development continued in Canada, but today he is back in Jordan, where he is running his own business.

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Every week alumni from Bulgarian universities, living in Aman, get together. There is a special place in their hearts for the Student Day celebration on 8 December and the Day of Bulgarian education, culture and letters – 24 May. They always organise a special celebration on this day, just like they had experienced it in Bulgaria.

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During the discussion with the University Management, Nidal Hamda declared his readiness to cooperate for establishing contact between the University of Ruse and higher schools in Jordan and developing common research projects. Mr. Hamda saw the exhibition, presenting the 70-year history of the higher school in Ruse and was impressed by the section, dedicated to the international students and the faculty of Transport, he had graduated from.

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In the next few days, Mr. Hamda will meet the team of the Transport department, where he had his specialisation and developed his diploma thesis, dedicated to road safety. Some of his lecturers are still working there.

1 December 2017, February

Possible partnerships between the University of Ruse and higher schools from Mongolia

Cooperation with Mongolian universities was discussed by the University of Ruse management and the Ambassador of Mongolia to Bulgaria, Mr. Dashjamts Batsaihan. Members of the Body of rectors, Assoc. prof. Kiril Panayotov – Manager of Medica hospitals and lecturer at the University of Ruse, Dr. Kamen Milkov – future honorary consul of Mongolia in Ruse in Ruse and the First secretary in the Embassy of Mongolia Tulshig Tuvshin.

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The Rector, Prof. Velizara Pencheva presented the fields of study in the University of Ruse and shared her satisfaction from the agreement signed with the Training Centre for Traditional Mongolian Medicine "Manba Datsan" in Ulan Bator. In May, a team of the Faculty of Public Health and Health Care visited Mongolia.

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The diplomat commented that Mongolian young people are interested in computer sciences and prof. Beloev answered that the University of Ruse is the best choice for this degree programme, which is internationally acknowledged. Prof. Pencheva announced that the University has a long-standing e3xperience with managing four international computing networks.

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A future objective will be finding partners in the multi-profile higher schools in Mongolia to develop joint projects with researchers from the University of Ruse.


 

REGIONAL MEETINGCAREER IN ROMANIA"

23.11.2017

            On 23 November 2017, the University of Ruse hosted and co-organised the Regional meeting „Career in Romania". The event was organised by the Bilateral Commercial Chamber Bulgaria – Romania and is aimed at attracting the attention of young professionals with Bachelor or Master Degree, or students at pre-graduation stage to working positions in Romanian companies.

            The forum was held at KANEFF Centre with the participation of:

His Excellency Ion Galea – Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Bulgaria

Mr. Galin Grigorov – Governor, Ruse Region

Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD – Rector of the University of Ruse

COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beleoev – Chair Person of the Municipal Council. Ruse Municipality

Mr. Ivaylo Marinov – First Secretary and Commercial Attaché with the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Bucharest

Mrs. Lily Gancheva – Executive director of Association Euroregion Danubius

Mr. Doru Dragomir – President of the Bilateral Commercial Chamber Bulgaria – Romania   

            The participating companies from Romania were presented at special stands, where they recruited for the following positions:

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-Machine Operator (Bucharest)

-Electronic/Automation Engineer (Bucharest)

2

-Administrative Assistant (Sofia)

-Net FullStack Developer (Bucharest)

-Magento Developer (Bucharest or remote)

-Logistics Assistant (Sofia)

3MICROCHIP TECHNOLOGY

-Snr Application Engineer

-Digital Design Engineer

-Senior Layout Engineer – 8 bit Microcontrollers

-Software Applications Engineer

-Sr. Switch-Mode Power Supplies Engineer

-Embedded Software & Tools development Engineer

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-Commercial Assistant with French and English

-Locksmith

-Production engineer

 

            Detailed information about the work places offered can be found on the website of the Career Centre with the University of Ruse www.ckr-firmi.uni-ruse.bg

Interested candidates should submit a short CV in English to projects@bccbr.com  Some knowledge of English is needed.

For more information: Prof. Ivan Evstatiev – 00359 886 337 544


20 November 2017, Monday

A new Erasmus project on Innovation and Exchange of good practices starts at the University of Ruse

On 20 November, at 9.00 a.m. in Siemens study hall (2Г. 204) of the University of Ruse, prof., Velizara Pencheva, PhD Rector of the University of Ruse opened the first meeting on the international project Building Bridges of Europe in the frame of Erasmus+K2 – Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices.

The International consortium of the project involves 3 associations of more than 100 universities and civil society organisations, as well as one institute, 5 universities and 1 civil society organisation from Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy.

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The main goal of the project is scientific – developing criteria, analysis and evaluation of projects with good practices, related to new methods of learning, and thus supporting the exploration and studying of European countries, fighting against the stereotypes and prejudices to Eastern Europe, actively including people over 55+ in social activities in the state and forming European consciousness in the contest  of trans-national European cooperation for various target groups and educational institutions.

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The partners will present their research at international conferences in Ulm, Germany – 2018, Zagreb, Croatia and Mola di Bari, Italy - 2019.The project result will be an online toolbox of innovative methods of learning such as learning through new media, through social participation, intergenerational learning. These methods will be used by the students in all participating universities, including students from the degree programmes Pre-school and Primary School Pedagogy, Primary School Pedagogy and a Foreign Language and Social Pedagogy at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Education with the University of Ruse.

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In 2014, with the support of the Union of pensioners'2004 the first Centre for Third Age Education in Bulgaria a set up within the structure of the University of Ruse. The Centre has participated in 18 international projects coordinated by Ms. Carmen Stadelhofer, Germany. Specialists, Специалисти – partners in the project, ill exchange experience in formal and informal education.

For more information: Assoc. prof. Emilia Velikova - 00359885635874

16 November 2017, Thursday

The Deputy Head of Mission of the State of Israel in Bulgaria spoke to students

Despite the complex geopolitical context, Israel is trying to be a good neighbour and friend because all countries in the region aim at achieving and maintaining stability!" this was the summary that Ms. Eman Amasha – First Secretary and Deputy Head of Mission of the State of Israel in Bulgaria during her lecture in front of students from the degree programmes Euro-Atlantic and Global Security and European and Global Studies  of the University of Ruse „Angel Kanchev". 

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Ms. Amasha was greeted by a multifarious audience of students, lecturers, high school students and representatives of the Jewish community in Ruse during her first visit to the University. She opened a photo-exhibition and spoke to the Body of Rectors, which in its   turn, presented the opportunities that the Ruse Alma Mater provides. 

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The visit of the Israeli diplomat was made possible through the invitation of the European Studies and International Relations Department, as part of the advanced forms of learning applied in the degree programmes from the professional fields of security and political studies. Israel in the aspect of regional and global security was the topic of the lecture, which Ms. Amasha has prepared especially for the students from the degree programmes Euro-Atlantic and Global Security and European and Global Studies.  In the discussion took part students from the High school of English Language "Geo Milev", who have become traditional partners in the initiatives of the European Studies and International Relations Department. With her personal experiences, interesting geopolitical story and competence, the Deputy Head of Mission of the State of Israel won the admiration of the audience and raised many questions about the role of Israel, politics, security and human destinies in the state of civil war in the neighbouring Syria.

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During the discussions with the academic leadership of the University, opportunities for establishing contacts with higher schools from Israel, which have similar profile to that of the University of Ruse.

Iman Amasha defended Master degree in Political Science and Leadership at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Tel Aviv University in 2010, and at the end of 2011 she graduated from the Programme for cadets of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and started her career in the institution. From 2011 to 2015, she occupied different positions in the Latin America Directorate, the Directorate of Economics – Middle East Econo0mic Bureau, Middle East Directorate and Europe Directorate – the Department of European Organisations. Since August 2015, Ms. Amasha is the Deputy Head of Mission of the State of Israel in Sofia.

3 November 2017, Friday

National workshop for Bulgarian higher schools at the University of Ruse

Representatives of more than 30 higher schools, experts from the Ministry of education and science, the National centre for information and documentation, the Centre for Human resources development participated in the workshop, dedicated to modernization of curricula and syllabi in the universities. The participants discussed the implementation of the instrument HEInnovate in support of entrepreneurship studies in the Bulgarian higher schools.

Ms. Andrea-Rosalinde Hoffer, an expert in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with UN, explained how and why HEInnovate tool can be used (and is already being implemented) as a leading framework for innovative and entrepreneurial institution for tertiary education.


The Director of Higher Education Directorate in the Ministry of Education and Science, assoc. prof. Maria Fartunova, presented the project BGTITHE – „Innovative instruments for improving the skills of university lecturers and the quality of higher education in Bulgaria", posing the questions to what extent it is possible for higher schools to become entrepreneurial and how we can modernise the curricula.

The challenges for the universities such as the demographic crisis and globalisation, were presented by the Rector of the University of Ruse, prof. Velizara Pencheva. Vanya Grashkina, executive director of the National centre for information and documentation and a national Bologna counsellor, spoke about the contemporary models of higher education and the guidelines, recommendations and practices in the EU.

Two lecturers from the University of Ruse shared their experience with the participants. Prof. Angel Smrikarov demonstrated using innovative educational technologies in teaching and answered the question How to make a lecture more interesting for students from the digital generation?". Prof. Juliana Popova, Vice –rector of the University of ruse and national Bologna counsellor, informed the participants about education in support of the regions.

During her visit in the University of Ruse, Ms. Hoffer met the HydRU team and got acquainted with their development of a car driven by a fuel cell.


24 October 2017, Tuesday

Industry 4.0. Business environment. Quality of life"is the topic of the annual Scientific Conference of the University of Ruse

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The 56th annual conference of the University of Ruse Industry 4.0. Business environment. Quality of life" convened participants from 10 countries. During the forum, 414 papers were presented in 28 sections. Co-chairpersons of this year's edition were Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD, Rector of the University of Ruse and COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, Chairperson of the Union of Scientists – Ruse with the special participation pf Maria Gabriel, European Commissioner, responsible for Digital Economy and Society.

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The Conference started on 27 October, Friday, at 11,00 in Kaneff Centre. Immediately after the official opening, the plenary session began with the lecture of prof, Rumyana Tsenkova, PhD from the University of Kobe, Japan, on the topic of Aquaphotomics as a new industrial field. Therapeutic applications of bioelectronics implants was the topic of Ivan Minev, PhD from the Technical University I Dresden, Germany. The third plenary lecture was given by Liviu Popesku – Head of the research centre Renault Technologie Roumanie, who presented to the audience the topic of System engineering in car manufacturing.

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Several scientific events were included in the parallel programme of the forum:

On 26 October, Thursday, at 5 p.m. in Hall 1 of Kaneff Centre, there was a Round table on Higher education. Accreditation system. Entrepreneurship, with the participation of vice-manager of Innovations and EIT department in the European Commission – Georgi Dimitrov. The discussions were organised in two panels – Key national opportunities in the higher education system in the seven areas of HEInnovative and Quality of education in the accreditation system of Bulgaria in accordance with the Standards and guidelines for providing quality in the European higher education space (ЕSG)".

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In the evening on 26 October at 19:30 in Grand lecture hall 2.101 the Art Hour initiative of the Institute for Art Studie, BASwas be a guest to the University of Ruse. The concert lecturers Petya Stefanova, PhD and Polina Antonova, PhD presented "Sketches from the music of the XX and XXI century for flute and piano".

On 27 October, Friday at 10 a.m., was held International mathematical workshop ''NODDEA'2017'', dedicated to the 65th- birthday of prof. Stepan Terziyan. On Sunday, 29 October, in the lecture hall Siemens the forum „EDIT on the ROAD with Google: Google Growth Engine – digital tools supporting the development of markets and competitivenes was held. Moderatorswere Sasha Bezuhanova, Georgi Kadrev, Bilyana Panteva, Irina Goryalova and Petar Goryalov.

 

7 October 2017

 HydRU Team of the University of Ruse won Best Design Prize of Shell Eco-Marathon Challenge Event – Turkey 2017

A team of the University of Ruse  took part in the preliminary round of Shell Eco-marathon –Challenger Event in Istanbul on 22-24 September for the first time.

This is the latest Bulgarian team to get involved in the race and it managed to secure a place for the finals in London in 2018. During the competition the technical panel evaluated the quality of the car and its design highly, which resulted in the team winning the prize for Best design at the competition. This prize was not only for the exterior design, but also for all details and systems. This is the first time a Bulgarian team has won such a prize.

HydRU team was represented by 15 students, PhD students and lecturers, but the whole team consists of about 40 representatives from four engineering faculties of the University of Ruse: Transport; Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Mechanical Engineering and Technologies and Agrarian and Industrial Faculty. The automobile is driven by a fuel cell and is designed and produced by the HidRU team. They worked all summer to improve the systems and the exterior and the prize the won is deserved.

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition, challenging students from all over the world to design and build highly energy-efficient automobiles. Three locations in Europe, America and Asia select the participants in the finals to compete who will drive the longest distance with the lowest fuel or energy consumption. In Europe, the competition started in 1985 in France with 25 wooden cars while today more than 4000 students from over 30 countries measure their knowledge and skills in the field of energy efficient automobile construction.

The fuel cell car of HidRU will compete in the category Urban concept and is the second car of the University to take part in Shell Eco-marathon. The team is supported by the Municipality of Ruse and the Foundation "Ruse – the free spirit city". The team is inspired by the recognition of their endeavour and at their reception by the Minister of education and science, Mr. Krasimir Valchev, they declared their ambition to build a laboratory for automobile prototypes, alternative to the conventional ICE ones. This is the future and the young researchers will be looking for innovative and ecological solutions in the automotive industry.

4 October 2017, Wednesday

The University of Ruse joint the Consortium of 16+1 universities from Central and Eastern Europe (CEESs) and the People's Republic of China

           The University of Ruse, represented by the vice-rectors prof. Juliana Popova, PhD and prof. Plamen Daskalov, PhD, was the only higher school from Bulgaria that took part in the Fourth international meeting of institutions of higher learning from Central and Eastern Europe and the People's Republic of China (Consortium 16+1) and the Fifth dialogue for educational policies. The events took place at the end of September in Novi Sad, Serbia, and were hosted by the University of Novi Sad, which was chosen as the headquarters of the Consortium for the next two years.

            Representatives of 80 universities from China and 16 countries from Central and Eastern Europe participated in the meetings. The Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia, Mr. Mladen Sharchevich, the Deputy Minister of Education of China, Mr. Zhanyuan, the Chairperson of the provincial government of Voyvodina, Mr. Igor Mirovich, the Mayor of Novi Sad, Mr. Milosh Vuchevich and the Rector of Novi Sad University, prof. Dushan Nikolich, PhD, as the host.

Within the frames of four work meetings, discussions were held on interinstitutional cooperation, with a special accent on joint capacity building in the field of higher education, science and innovations. The participants in the conference pointed out the significance of mutual exchange of information and other resources, joint curricula, research and development projects, current and planned mobility programmes, as well as international conferences, forums and other significant activities of the universities.

During one of the panel sessions direct negotiations with partners from Chinese universities were held for future cooperation in the field of education and research. The University of Ruse was the object of significant interest for partnership.

At the end of the conference  the Platform for joint capacity building of universities in the countries from Central and Eastern Europe and China in the field of higher education. This is a key document for further development of multilateral and bilateral cooperation. 

23 new universities from Central and Eastern Europe and China were accepted as members of the Consortium.

For more information:

Prof. Juliana Popova – 0887 899 654


7 September, Thursday, 2017

An automobile for research and education purposes was presented to the University of Ruse under the programme Renault TechnologiesRomania"(RENAULT TECHNOLOGIE ROUMANIE)

The University of Ruse received an automobile, which will be used by students from the Transport Faculty, the Agrarian and Industrial Faculty and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation for their projects and research.

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Mr. Liviu Popescu – manager of the Research centre of „Renault Technologies – Romania" (RENAULT TECHNOLOGIE ROUMANIE) and the Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD, signed today а protocol of acceptance for the automobile. The academic management was represented by the Chairperson of the Assembly General COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc. and the Dean of the Transport Faculty – assoc. prof. Vasko Dobrev. The possibility for signing an agreement for student practices in the plants of Renault Technologies – Romania.

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The agreement for collaboration between the University and the company under the programme of Renault Romania, called AUTOLAB, was signed by the two parties on 19.06.2017.

The main goal of this initiative is to help the training in automobile machinery, providing opportunities for lecturers, students and PhD students to work and do research on real automobiles. The company has provided automobiles to universities in Romania, and student teams have made a number of improvements on those.

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Some preliminary ideas for student activities in the higher school in Ruse include: new design of elements from the automobile's structure; investigation of harmful emissions when using alternative fuels; investigating fuel consumption and dynamic indexes; preparing the automobile for investigating sensors and executive mechanisms from electronic control systems.

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At the end of his visit, Mr. Popescu was shown the preparation of Ruse University's automobile HydRU R1, driven by hydrogen powered cell, which will take part in the next edition of Shell Eco-marathon. The guest was impressed and asked for permission to take in his hands some of the parts, like the fuel cell. The young team felt flattered by this attention and its members answered all questions with pleasure. Mr. Popescu learned from the young people that there are graduates from the University of Ruse already working in „Renault Technologies – Romania".

 


 

31 August 2017, Thursday

Visit of academic delegation from the University of Ruse to Vietnam

In August, prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD, Rector of the University of Ruse, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, Chairperson of the Municipal Council of Ruse and of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse, and Prof. Krasimir Martev, PhD, Director of International Students Directorate visited Vietnam. During the visit a number of meetings were held with the academic leaderships of Vietnamese universities. One of the most significant of those meetings was with prof. Nguen Cha, PhD, Rector of the Agrarian and Forestry University in Ho Chi Min and his team. This was the second meeting for the representatives of the two universities. In the autumn of 2016, a delegation, led by the Dean of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of the Vietnamese university visited the University of Ruse and got acquainted with its traditions in education of international students. Detailed talks were conducted on the education of Vietnamese students in the higher school in Ruse and the possibilities for dual programmes. The foundations for training PhD students were also laid.

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Another meeting was with Pham Anh Tuan, PhD – Director of VIAEP (Institute of Agricultural Machinery and Technologies for Storage of Crops). Arrangements have been made for joint research in the field of agricultural machinery. An agreement was signed for joint training of the Institute's employees in a PhD course.

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During the visit, the university lecturers had exciting daily meetings with former students of the University of Ruse, who were convinced that their good professional realization in Vietnam was a result of their high quality education at the University of Ruse. The graduates expressed their gratitude to their lecturers for the knowledge and skills they have acquired with their help, to their colleagues and the citizens of Ruse – for the friendly attitude they have experienced. They shared the fact that among the Vietnamese people, they are known as the Bulgarians and the Vietnamese - Bulgarian societies they had established, not only help them preserve their good memories from Bulgaria, but also provide the latest information about the social and political reality in this country.

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The Vietnamese graduates of the University of Ruse fondly remembered the 15-day train journey to   the student life there. The conversations were interrupted by songs of Lili Ivanova, Emil Dimitrov and Pasha Hristova. Those graduates, some of whom are directors, managers of companies and researchers, shared that in their busy schedules they have the dates of some typically Bulgarian holidays underlined – 24th May, 8th December, etc. – and they always get together in order to mark those holidays accordingly. Many of them had visited Ruse in the years past, together with their grown-up children, to show them the University, where they had studied.


14 August 2017, Monday

The management of the University of Ruse and the Association of Vocational Education in Vietnam discussed opportunities for joint projects

The Chairperson of the Association for Vocational Education and Social Work in Vietnam, Phang Sih Nghi, met the Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva. During their talks, the opportunities for developing joint programmes in the field of vocational training between the University of Ruse and higher schools in Vietnam were discussed with Prof. Krasimir Martev – director of International Students Directorate and Assoc. prof. Chavdar Vezirov – Scientific Advisor of Mr. Nghi.

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came back to Ruse 30 years after defending his PhD thesis under the scientific guidance of Assoc. prof. Chavdar Vezirov. Dr. Nghi finished the University of Ruse in 1978 in the Faculty of Mechanisation and Electrification of Agriculture, predecessor of today's Agrarian and Industrial Faculty. From 1984 to 1987 he did his doctoral studies at the same Faculty. Before heading the Vietnam Association of Vocational Training, Dr. Nghi was the Rector of Hanoi Pedagogical University, which prepares teachers for the vocational schools in the country. About 7000 students study in 15 degree programmes in this university, said Dr. Nghi.

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Vietnam is aiming at becoming a highly industrialised country by 2020, and in this connection the government invests in preparing specialists with technical vocational education. The Government's plan is the qualified workers to become 55% of all employed people by 2020, a substantial raise from the 30% at present. In the implementation of these objectives, vocational training is adapting to the needs of businesses and expanding.

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18 July 2017, Tuesday

First International Scientific Conference in Occupational Therapy – Bacau, Romania

The University of Ruse was the co-organiser of the First International Scientific Conference in Occupational Therapy, held in June in Romania. The forum took place in Bacau and had the slogan "Occupational therapy – present and future perspectives". The event was initiated by "Vasile Alexandri" University in Bacau and the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev", together  with the Romanian Professional Association of Occupational Therapists and the Association of Bulgarian Occupational Therapists. The two higher schools are long-standing partners in the development of Occupational therapy as academic programme and profession on a national level.

More than 150 university lecturers, as well as representatives of a number of national and local health and social institutions took part in the conference.

The forum was greeted by the President of the European Network in Occupational Therapy in higher education and the Vice-President of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Assistant professor Elitsa Velikova, who is a member of the Executive Committee of th Occupational Therapists Council for European countries, greeted the participants in the conference.

The programme included plenary sessions, papers and 4 workshops, led by lecturers from Finland, the Netherlands, Romania and the USA. The need for including occupational therapists in multidisciplinary teams, which participate in the processes of deinstitutionalising and reforming of social services. The participation of occupational; therapists in these teams would ensure the full participation of people with work impediments in public life.

At the end of the event the host university conferred an honorary diploma for exceptional contribution to the development of occupational therapy in Romania to the University of Ruse.

For additional information:

Assoc. prof. Liliya Todorova – 0886 781 013


7 July 2017, Friday

Opportunities for cooperation between the University of Ruse and ROSSPECMASH were discussed during the visit of a representative of the Association to the University

On 05.07.2017 Olga Serebrennikova – vice-director on transport development in the Russian association of manufacturers of specialised machinery and equipment ROSSPECMACH visited the University of Ruse. COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc – Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse, Prof. Gencho Popov, PhD – Dean of the Agrarian and Industrial faculty, and assoc. prof. Kaloyan Stoyanov – vice-dean of the same faculty were present at the meeting.

COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev informed the visitor about the profile of the University and the examples of good partnership between the higher school and companies, producing agricultural machinery and equipment. He also provided information about the relations and cooperation with foreign universities, particularly those from the Russian Federation.

Mrs. Serebrennikova, in her turn, informed the university management about the structure of the Association, which combines 80 Russian plants, producing not only agricultural machinery and equipment, but also road construction and other transport equipment.

The representatives of ROSSPECMACH spoke about the interest of the Russian Association to the opportunities, provided by the Bulgarian market. She mentioned the Russian Programme for Support of Export, highlighting the four industries, which were allotted with the biggest funding: aviation and railway machinery production, automobile industry and machine building. She also announced the development of a project for creating a service system for exportable equipment.

The visitor presented the potential of the Association to develop training courses for universities, including study materials and machine specimen to be used by the learners.

Professor Beloev expressed the willingness of the higher school to start cooperation for re-furnishing laboratories and creating a training centre, as well as exhibiting machinery. The opportunities for organising jointly exhibitions in the University and in the city of Ruse. He can help this initiative in his capacity as a Chairperson of the Municipal council - Ruse.

 


6 July 2017, Thursday

Promising perspectives for cooperation with St. Petersburg State Technological Institute

            In the period 26 June - 1 July 2017, the Rector of the University of Ruse, prof. Velizara Pencheva paid a working visit under the Erasmus programme to the State Technological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was accompanied by the Vice Rectors, prof. Plamen Kangalov and prof. Juliana Popova, as well as the Director of Razgrad Branch, assoc. prof. Stanka Damyanova, DTSc. In 2015, a bilateral agreement under the Erasmus+ programme was signed with this University, in the field of chemical technologies and biotechnologies. Moreover, Razgrad Branch has been in cooperation with the Russian partner in research projects under the 7th Frame Programme for almost 10 years.


            St. Petersburg Technological Institute is one of the oldest higher schools in Russia, founded in 1828. Dmitrii Mendeleev, the creator of the Periodic System of Chemical Elements, lectured there and some memorabilia of this period is kept in one of the lecture halls while in the courtyard of the University a monument has been erected of the great chemist. The father of the present Russian Prime Minister Medvedev was also a lecturer there.


            The Bulgarian delegation was met by the Rector of St. Petersburg Technological Institute, Andrei Pavlovich Shevchik – DTSc, who presented the profile of the higher school. In turn, Prof. Pencheva pointed out the strengths of the University of Ruse and its leading role in the Danube region.


            The two rectors outlined the areas of further cooperation between the two universities: exchange of students and lecturers, participation in conferences, joint publications, work on educational and research projects, etc.

            The Rector of St. Petersburg Technological Institute invited his Bulgarian colleagues to take part in marking the 190th anniversary of the Russian higher school, which will take place in November 2018. Then the completely renovated (with investments by the Russian government of about 30 mln Euro) Main building will be opened.


            The Bulgarian delegation visited two laboratories for innovative developments in the field of biotechnologies, in one of which a new formula for cancer medicine was being tested. The laboratories are equipped with the most advanced apparatuses, their financing amounting to 5 mln Euro each.

 




30 June 2017, Friday

Estonian students implementing summer internship at the University of Ruse

The International summer internship within the framework of the program Erasmus+ finished on the 30th of June 2017 for the students from TTK University of Applied Sciences – Tallinn, Estonia: Ken Kaljurand, Konrad Ilustrumm, Vahur Lükk. Altogether 14 students from different European countries will benefit from the opportunities of the International summer internship at the Transport Faculty during the summer of 2017 within the same program.


The internship is the third issue of this international activity. It started as an initiative of the department Machine Science, Machine Elements and Engineering Graphics at the Transport Faculty and it is coordinated by Prof. Antoaneta Dobreva. This international internship began during the summer of 2015 thanks to the support of the Rector management of the University of Ruse on behalf of Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc and Prof. Juliyana Popova, PhD.


During a period of two months the Estonian students carried out laboratory work in the area of Machine science and Machine elements, solved design tasks with the application of CAD systems, licensed for the University of Ruse, carried out scientific assignments in the area of Fluid and Technical mechanics based upon the usage of the software product ANSYS. These students implemented also experimental tests in the area of Hybrid Automotive Technologies and they increased their practical skills for working with CNC machines.


Lecturers from different departments at the Transport Faculty, the Agrarian & Industrial Faculty, the Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Faculty and also the International Office team of the University of Ruse contributed to the successful implementation of this International internship.

For additional information:
Prof. Antoaneta Dobreva, PhD – 00 359 887 746 311

27 June 2017, Tuesday  

Work meeting under project Preserving Bulgaria's Soils" for university lecturers and farmers from Northeast Bulgaria

The project team of the University of Ruse, led by assoc. prof. Georgi Mitev and research adviser prof. Harold van Es from Cornel University, the USA organized a third annual work meeting under the project AGR0042.20140328 „Preserving Bulgaria's Soils". Farmers from Northeast Bulgaria, representatives of institutions and university lecturers gathered together in Kaneff Centre.

Interesting moments from the development of agriculture were shared with the participants in the meeting by the researchers from the team. What was new this year were the testimonies of farmers, who had provided land for trials of the new technologies, proposed by the specialists from the University of Ruse, in real conditions – they shared from firsthand the results and their opinions.

During the meeting, the team manager Brian Goggin, spoke about the economic aspects of implementing the technologies for soil conservation while prof. Harold van Es, President of the Association of agronomists in the USA, presented some technical aspects of implementing green cultures and their importance for conserving the soils and increasing the yields.

The participants were shown the laboratory "Management of soil and water resources in agriculture".

 


22 June 2017, Thursday

The Rector of the University of Ruse conducted successful meetings at two Turkish Universities

A frame agreement for cooperation, a bilateral Erasmus agreement and one in the frames of the Mevlyana Programme were signed between the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" and the Thracian University in Edirne. Prof. Velizara Pencheva – Rector of the University of Ruse, prof. Krasimir Martev – Director of International Students Directorate and inspector Nevin Hebibova were invited to visit the Republic of Turkey by the Rector of the Thracian University in Edirne, prof. Erhan Tabacoğlu, PhD.

The visit in Edirne started with a meeting at the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in the city. prof. Velizara Pencheva presented the University of Ruse and its mission. Some useful information was exchanged and advertising materials, presenting the opportunities for studying for international students were left at the Consulate for dissemination.

During the official meeting at the Thracian University in Edirne the two universities and the opportunities for cooperation and exchange of students and lecturers within the frames of the two programmes – Erasmus and Mevlyana as well as for developing joint research projects were presented. The Thracian University 47 thousand students study at the Thracian University. The Medical Faculty is the pride of the University with its 500-year history. The two Rectors discussed the activities of the Balkan Universities Association and exchanged ideas for future cooperation. 

The meeting in Tekirdag with the Rector of the "Namık Kemal" University, Prof. Osman Shimshek, PhD and the Vice-Rector, Prof. Ismail Yılmaz, PhD was conducted in a friendly atmosphere. 35 thousand students study at "Namık Kemal" University. It became autonomous in 2006 (before that it was a Branch of the Thracian University in Edirne) and since then it has developed at an impressively fast rate. The relations between the University of Ruse and the "Namık Kemal"University are based on a long-term cooperation and joint work. Opportunities for student internships from the Faculty of Public Health and Health Care at the newly built University Hospital in Tekirdag were discussed.


20 June 2017, Tuesday

Agreement for working under the Renault programme was signed between the University of Ruse and Renault - Romania

On 19 June Renault – Romania and the University of Ruse signed an agreement for working under the company, called AUTOLAB. Liviu Popescu, Head of the research centre of Renault-Romania presented the activities of the centre and the cooperation with Romanian higher schools to the Chairperson of the Assembly General, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, Prof. Hristo Beloev, the Vice rector on research Prof. Diana Antonova, PhD and the Dean of the Transport Faculty, Prof. Vasko Dobrev, PhD.

The main purpose of the initiative of Renault is to help the training in automobile machinery, providing opportunities for lecturers, students and PhD students to work, do research and implement their original ideas on real cars. Under this programme, Renault Romania has given cars to universities in Romania, to0 be used in testing and implementing innovations.

The University of Ruse will be given a Dacia to be used by students from the Transport Faculty and the Agrarian and Industrial Faculty, as well as the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation for projects and research.

Some preliminary ideas for student activities involve: new design of elements from the car structure; investigating harmful emissions when using alternative fuels; studying fuel consumption and the dynamic indexes of the car; preparing the car for investigation of sensors and executive mechanisms from the electronic driving systems.


15 June 2017, Thursday

A laboratory will be built at the University of Ruse under the guidance of Prof. Samuil Refetov

The American professor in genetics, Prof. Samuil Refetov, visited the University of Ruse and had a meeting with the academic management. The Rector, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD, the Chairperson of the Assembly General, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, the Vice rectors Prof. Plamen Daskalov, and Prof. Juliana Popova, the Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Health Care, Prof. Daniel Bratanov, the Vice dean, assoc. prof. Liliya Todorova, the Department head, assoc. prof. Ivanichka Serbezova and assoc. prof. Nikola Sabev – Head of Medical activities in the University were present at the meeting. The guest was accompanied by his son and his classmate from Ruse – Veselin Petrov.

In the beginning, prof. Pencheva made a retrospective review of the two years that have passed since Prof. Refetov's last visit and noted that Ruse already has two University hospitals and is working in very good cooperation with them. The need for medical st5aff in Bulgaria has been discussed, as well as the education that is offered in this field. A great part of the young doctors are leaving our country with 60 GPs in deficiency for Ruse region alone, said assoc. prof. Sabev.

Despite the inevitable human factor in the treatment of different diseases, medicine will be turning more and more dependent on technology and technical advancement, said prof. Refetov. He noted that a tendency for cooperation between medical and engineering universities can be observed in the USA. It is possible to develop degree programmes, related to the engineering support with medical equipment and working with it at the University of Ruse, said prof. Beloev.

During the discussion some topics of mutual interest for the American scientist and the lecturers at the University of Ruse were touched upon. Prof. Refetov agreed to Head a laboratory and to work with lecturers from the Faculty of Public Health and Health Care, supporting them in their research.

The management of the Faculty invited Prof. Refetov to give a lecture to students, studying the subject "Medical Genetics". With the help of advanced technologies, this lecture will become a fact really soon. Prof. Refetov suggested including the medical specialists from the University in the discussions of medical cases and complex clinical cases, which he holds with colleagues from other countries. He emphasized the usefulness of such discussions for all participants.



13 June 2017, Tuesday

Vladimir Koilazov will have a plenary paper at CompSysTech'17

Over a hundred scientists from 14 countries will participate in the forum

The 18th edition of the international research conference CompSysTech will be held from 23 to 26 June. The forum is held under the auspices of the University of Ruse and will be opened on 23 June, Friday, in Siemens Hall. Over 1000 researchers have registered for participation.

The Plenary session, which will be broadcasted live on the Internet, will start with a presentation of Vladimir Koilazov, the first Bulgarian Oscar winner. During the forum a meeting will be held for electing a new Board of the Academic computing community.

On 24 June almost 50 papers, indexed by SCOPUS, will be presented at the sessions. The papers have been selected by a reputable international programme committee through triple reviewing under the double blind, i.е. 100 % anonymity. In the afternoon the authors of the best papers will be awarded the Best Paper Crystal Prize. The Association for Computing Machinery will publish the proceedings.

30 May 2017, Tuesday

360 kilometres were covered with only 1 кWh by the electronic drive car of the University of Ruse at the London Shell Eco-marathon

171 teams from 29 countries took part in this year's international competition of  energy efficient automobiles Shell Eco-marathon. In this tenth year of Bulgarian participation in the competition, the teams have achieved a dignified performance. The electronic drive car of the University of Ruse ran 360 kilometres with only 1 кWh and was among the first 12 teams in the category "Prototypes" with electric battery.

Once again the pilots Iliyana Minkovska and Elitsa Nakova relied on the team: assoc. prof. Simeon Iliev – Team leader, Salim Kuytov – Team captain, Teodor Nenov, Milko Milkov, assoc prof. Dancho Gunev and pr. assistant Georgi Kadikyanov.

Shell Eco-marathon 2017 had changes of the tracks in the Olympic park in London. The new track and the numerous accidents on it slowed down the speed of the participants and this led to deterioration of some results, compared to last year's ones. The "Motorist" Team leader, assoc. prof. Simeon Iliev mentioned that in one of the accidents there were 6 cars, which stopped the movement on the track entirely for some time. He shared that the team has passed technical inspection successfully and really fast before the start of the race and during the first day of the competition DTT-2 ranked third. This means that the team was very well prepared and had foreseen all technical obstacles that could slow it down.

The fourth participation of the students from the University of Ruse in Shell eco-marathon Europe 2017 has become possible with the financial support of the academic management of the University and the companies „Saksa Fuels", "Discordia", „Hobi Car", „Quis Nostrum", „Vitto", „Karnes", „Gera", „М.А. Design" and „Miro Design". A number of companies have been helping the team through the years, including also the Foundation "Ruse – a Free Spirit City".

 

26 May 2017, Friday

Conferring the honorary title DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA of the University of Ruse to Prof. Karol Karski

On 26 May 2017, Friday at a formal meeting of the Academic Council, Prof. Karol Karski, a professor of International Law at Warsaw University, a Member of the European Parliament and a Member of the Bureau, was awarded the honorary title „DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA of the University of Ruse.

The academic activity of prof. Karol Karski started in 1990 at Warsaw University, the Faculty of Law and Administration, Institute of International Law, Department of International Public Law. Since 2011 he has been the Head of this department. From 2012 to 2014 he was an extraordinary professor at the Warsaw school of humanities "Boleslav Prus", Faculty of Social Sciences. Since 2015 he has been an extraordinary professor at the Higher School of Economics in Byalistok, Department of Management and Law.

He has published 92 academic works – monographs, textbooks, articles and papers.

 

In 2004-2005, Prof. Karski was a Deputy Chairperson of the EU Committee of the Regions, in 2007 he was a Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, and from 2007 to 2009 he was a Deputy Chairperson of the Council of the Polish Institute for International Relations. From 2005 to 2011 Prof. Karski was a deputy in the Sei9m of the Republic of Poland (a Chairperson of the Committee on European Issues and Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs). Since 2014 he has been a deputy in the European Parliament and a member of the Bureau. For the same period he has been a vice-director of "Fundamentals of European Reform".

15 May 2017, Monday

Representatives of seven countries take part in the Fourth International Erasmus Week at the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev"

Nineteen lecturers from 7 universities from Europe and Asia are taking part in the Fourth International Erasmus Week at the University of Ruse. Representatives of the academic community of Armenia, Germany, Georgia, Estonia, China, Latvia and Russia are exchanging experience and good practices in the various forms of the Erasmus Programme.

Today's event started with a welcome address from the Vice – Rector on European Integration and International Relation, prof. Juliana Popova and another one from the Secretary-in-chief of the University, Assoc. prof. Tanya Grozeva.

The topics of the Fourth International Erasmus Week are dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Erasmus mobility programme. Special emphasis is put on ebcouraging the participation of young people with disabilities in it. On Thursday, 18 May, at 11:30, the participants will meet the members of the University club "Diverse and Equal" and exchange ideas for cooperation with the students with special needs.

 

5 May 2017, Friday

The University of Ruse and Hubei University of Technology, China will develop a joint curriculum for Computer Science training

The Rector of the University of Ruse Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD and the Chairperson of the Assembly General COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc visited Hubei University of Technology in Wuhan, China. Founded in 1956 as a higher school for agrarian engineers, the University has gradually expanded the range of its degree programmes and the number of its students has reached 22 000, shared the Rector, Prof. Pencheva.

During the meeting with the Rector of Hubei University of Technology, Prof. Han Xu and his team, Prof. Velizara Pencheva and COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev presented the University of Ruse as an educational structure, its development and the research interests of the teaching staff. The also introduced the project Danube Inco Net, which is developing a network with participants of the scientific community in the Danube region and informed them in details about the mobility opportunities.

In their turn, the hosts from Hubei University of Technology emphasized on the international study programmes they have developed. At the moment the Chinese University has 8 partnerships with international higher schools, which coincide with the 8 bridges over the Yangtze River in the city. The Body of Rectors of the Chinese University offered the ninth international programme to be with the University of Ruse in the field of Computer science. So in the beginning of next year ten students from Ruse will have the opportunity to study two semesters in China while ten Chinese students will study in Ruse.

Prof. Pencheva and COR MEM Prof. Beloev proposed to develop of joint research projects with the Chinese researchers and to start a student and lecturer exchange through building a network, similar to that of the Danube region. The leaders of the two universities signed a frame agreement for cooperation.

At present, a PhD student from the University of Ruse is studying at Hubei University of Technology and last year a professor from that university spent a semester here in Ruse under the Erasmus programme.

Two representatives of Hubei University will participate in the current International Erasmus week at the University of Ruse, 15-19 May.

27 April 2017, Thursday

Delegation from the University of Amasia, Turkey visited the University of Ruse

Let us look at our cultural traditions and map a successful future for our students", with these words the Vice- rector on education prof. Plamen Kangalov greeted a delegation of 45 lecturers and students from the Faculty of Education of the University of Amasia, Turkey, led by prof. Tundjai Demirtash.

The guests were welcomed by Vice-rectors prof. Plamen Daskalov and prof. Diana Antonova, the Secretary-in-Chief assoc. prof. Tanya Grozeva, the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Education, assoc. prof. Desislava Atanasova, the Director of International students Directorate, prof. Krasimir Martev the Head of Department in Pedagogy, Psychology and History, assoc. prof. Asya Veleva.

This meeting marked the beginning of the agreement between the two universities for cooperation in research and culture. Both parties declared their readiness for exchange of students and lecturers, development of joint research and educational projects, participation in scientific conferences, as well as student and doctoral scientific sessions in the field of education and robotics. The Secretary-in-Chief, assoc. prof. Tanya Grozeva presented the highlights from the development and the achievements of the University of Ruse during its 71-year history. The academic management of the University of Ruse awarded the Rector of   the University of Amasia, prof. Metin Orbey, PhD the Crystal Prize as a sign of respect for the promotion of cooperation between the Bulgarian and the Turkish Universities.  

Prof. Nurset Kasap presented the University of Amasia to more than 200 students from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Education, lecturers, international and Erasmus students. The Turkish University was founded 11 years ago and has 5000 students.

A concert featuring the culture clubs of the University of Ruse presente4d the Bulgarian traditions. The guests got acquainted with the facilities of the higher school and the sights of Ruse.

19 April 2017, Wednesday

National work meeting on Danube SKILLS Project

            On 19 April 2017, a National work meeting for promoting the goals and objectives of the Project „Enhancing the institutional capacity in navigation on the River Danube through stimulating trans-national competences and skills in the field of education and development of public services" (Danube SKILLS) was held at Kaneff Centre. The highlight was a new Directive of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on recognition of professional qualifications in domestic navigation and the repeal of Directive 96/50 / ЕО and Directive 91/672 / ЕEО.

One of the main goals of the project is to enhance the capacities of the institutions issuing certificates to the staff dealing with navigation on the River Danube. The new European legislature for recognition of professional qualifications and the common standards on training in the region of the River Danube will contribute to it.

 Representatives of the local authorities, state and non-governmental organisations, education and training centres took part in the meeting. The University of Ruse was represented by the Rector, prof. Velizara Pencheva, the Director of the Career development centre, prof. Ivan Evstatiev and members of the4 Faculty of Transport.

Currently, the University of Ruse is in the process of being approved for training of members of crews navigating along the internal waterways of Europe. The adoption of common standards will reduce the obstacles for their mobility.

 


11 April 2017, Tuesday

Students from 15 countries revealed the beauty of their native land to colleagues from the University of Ruse

The traditional festival of international students at the University of Ruse gathered young people from three continents in Kaneff Centre. In the course of two hours the audience travelled the distances between the countries and learned about some characteristic features of each of them – a Greek welcome, Georgian dances and German humour provoked the standing ovations of the audience.

The motto of this year's festival was „He who does not travel, knows not the worth of people" led by the "pilot" Usman from India and the "flight attendant" Valya from Moldova.

In the beginning, the Recto9r, prof. Velizara Pencheva greeted the international students virtually while the Chairperson of the Assembly General, COR. Mem. prof. Hristo Beloev and the Director of International Student s Directorate, prof. Krasimir Martev gave their greetings live from the stage of Kaneff Centre. There were subtitles in English for those, who do not know Bulgarian.

Representatives of 15 countries participated in the concert and the Erasmus students applaude4d their colleagues enthusiastically.

The celebration ended with Bulgarian folk dances and the traditional bread with salt offered by the student dancers from "Harmony" ensemble with the University of Ruse.


28 March 2017, Tuesday

Third Annual Conference of the Balkan Universities Association

            On 24 and 25 March 2017, at Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" the Third Annual Conference of the Balkan Universities Association (BUA) took place. The University of Ruse has been a member and co-founder of this Association since 2014. More than 70 participants from about 40 universities from the Balkan countries registered for the Forum.


            The Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD and the Vice-Rector of International Relations Prof. Juliana Popova, PhD took part in the Conference. The Ruse Higher School demonstrated its active position in the Conference through a presentation on the topic "Perspectives for enhancing the influence of the Balkan Universities Association in the Danube Region". The leadership position of the University of Ruse in the Danube higher education space, as well as its long-term active membership in the Danube Rectors' Conference were highlighted as justification for the efforts of University of Ruse to serve as a mediator in the cooperation between the two organisations and the development of joint initiatives.


            The Chairmanship of BUA, which is realized on the principle of rotation, was taken over by the Rector of Tetovo University, Macedonia, Prof. Vulnet Ameti, after the present Chairperson, Prof. Ivan Ilchev of Sofia University reported on the annual activities of the organisation.



24 March 2017, Friday

Representatives of the Russian Cultural and Information Centre discussed with the academic management of the University of Ruse opportunities for education and research in the field of nuclear energy

Representatives of the Russian Cultural and Information Centre in Sofia, the Director Pavel Juravlev and his colleague, Prof. Kosta Peev, discussed with the management of the University of Ruse a proposal for study and joint research in the field of nuclear energy. During the meeting a proposal by the State Corporation of Nuclear Energy "Rossatom" and the National Nuclear Research University "MIFI" for specialized lectures in the field of nuclear energy. The two institutions are ready to support interuniversity mobility for study and joint research papers.


„We would like to note that the opportunity to work with the National Nuclear Research University "MIFI" is unique because it has been classified for many years and only last year half of its degree programmes were declassified", said Juravlev.

The Russian party is ready to present the opportunities that the National Nuclear Research University offers in all contemporary fields of study: nuclear chemistry, nuclear physics, etc., to prepare a course of lectures for both lecturers and students, to work out programmes for the selection of trainees in the Nuclear University at all levels – Bachelor, Master and PhD.

In turn, the Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, presented the Faculties and the international contacts of the University, emphasizing those with Russian institutions. The Chairperson of the Assembly General, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev, highlighted the collaboration with the universities in Volgograd, Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The guests were informed about the syllabi for training and qualification of university graduates in nuclear energy, developed in collaboration with the Polytechnic Institute in Saint Petersburg, and learned that 324 graduates of the University of Ruse are working at the Nuclear power station in Kozlodyi at present.


At the end the hosts showed the guests the University Exhibition and Kaneff Centre.




21 March 2017, Tuesday

Joint research and educational projects agreed on by the Academic Managements of the University of Ruse and the Higher Vocational School in Ipsala, Turkey

Cooperation in the field of mechatronics, joint research projects and participation of students in competitions in robotics, as well as an agreement under the Erasmus+ Programme were some of the joint activities discussed and agreed on by the managements of the University of Ruse and the Higher Vocational School in Ipsala, with the Thracian University in Edirne.

The participants in the meeting were: the Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, the Chairperson of the Assembly General, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev, the Vice-Rectors: in Education, Prof. Plamen Kangalov; in European Integration and International Cooperation, Prof. Juliana Popova and the Director of International Students Directorate, Prof. Krasimir Martev. The Turkish delegation was led by the Director of the Higher Vocational School, Assoc. Prof. Hayati Arda, accompanied by lecturers from the school.


The Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, presented the University and its Faculties. It turned out that some of the degree programmes studied here correspond with similar degree programmes in the Higher Vocational School in Ipsala. Education in mechatronics, electronic technologies, logistics and management can be the foundation for research and educational partnerships.

COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev addressed the issue of concluding agreements for joint study of the University of Ruse and a University from Turkey.


The first steps to be taken by the managements of the two educational institutions will involve exchange of student teams for the competitions in robotics and establishing a connection between the Robotics clubs of the University of Ruse and the Higher Vocational School. During the visit of the Bulgarian delegation in Ipsala, a Frame Agreement for Cooperation will be signed with the Thracian University under the Erasmus Programme.

20 March 2017, Monday

The Day of Francophonie was marked at the University of Ruse

The Day of Francophonie at the University of Ruse started with the ceremony for awarding the winners in the essay competition Je suis francophone". Gabriela Stoynova from 12 G, Simona Georgieva from 12 G, Snezhina Stoycheva from 9G and Tsvetelina Ilieva from 11 G took the first four places and were awarded prizes and diplomas. Other four participants received incentive awards.


The Day of Francophonie was celebrated for the first time at the University of Ruse since the higher school has become a member of the University Agency of Francophonie. Over 800 universities from all over the world are members of the Agency, of which 10 are from Bulgaria. In her address to the participants, Prof. Velizara Pencheva presented the preparation stages before the accession of our University to the Agency, mentioning that 200 million people speak French all over the world. In turn, the Chairperson of the Assembly General, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev shared that the membership of our University in the Agency of Francophonie provides opportunities for new partnerships and joint activities.


Poems in French, read by students and a musical piece by Claude Debussy, played by Petya Stefanova, PhD, were parts of the programme for the Day of the Francophonie. An exhibition of the French cultural institute of facsimiles of Bulgarian and French newspapers from the end of the 1980s was opened.

The events dedicated to the International Day of the Francophonie reveal new horizons of the fruitful cooperation between the University of Ruse and the High School of European Languages in Ruse. On 22 March at 18.30 in the Grand Lecture Hall of the University of Ruse, there will be a performance of a play in French, prepared by a team from the school. Students and French workers from Montupet will present songs and sketches. At the end of the evening, there will be a culinary exhibition with dishes prepared by students and French people from Montupet.


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17th March, 2017, Friday

On 14th March, 2017, two lecturers from the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University in Erevan, Armenia, Shushan Melik-Adamyan – linguistics and English language and Jaquelin Minasyan – French lexicology and grammar, visited the Silistra Branch of the University of Ruse as part of their visit under the Erasmus+ agreement between the two universities.

Shushan Melik-Adamyan gave a lecture to the students from the Branch on the topic "Contemporary aspects of teaching English", applying interactive approach in her presentation. The students participated actively in the intercultural communication.

Jaquelin Minasyan presented and interesting lecture in the Language High School on the topic "Intercultural communication through advertising in teaching French" to senior students and interns from the degree programme "Pedagogy of teaching Bulgarian and French". She revealed the hidden messages of adverts and their influence, guiding with great mastery the students in their quest for finding associations and challenging aspects, using their imagination.

During the meeting with the Branch Management, some opportunities for expanding the international relations and organising student and lecturer exchange were discussed.

The visit of the two lecturers from the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, Erevan, Armenia was in the frame of the Information days under the Erasmus+ programme in the Branch, which continued with meetings of first year students, a seminar, organised by students, who had studied under the Programme and which will finish with an exam in a foreign language for the mobility candidates for next year's academic exchange.


7 March, 2017, Tuesday

Erasmus + Project Meeting in Galati, Romania

                A team of lecturers from the University of Ruse: Angel Kanchev”, headed by prof. Nikolay Mihailov, took part in a two-day meeting under Project FAIRGUIDANCE 2015-1-DE02-KA202-002527 with partners from Germany and Romania in Galati, Romania on 22-23 February, 2017. Final, adjustments were made on the main intellectual outputs of the project, whose aim is to support the training of career consultants to disadvantaged groups such as long-term unemployed, low-skilled, minority groups, etc.


                Seven project partners from different organisations in this strategic partnership project, funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Programme (with duration September 2015 – August 2017) met in Galati. The Bulgarian Partners are the University of Ruse “Angel Kanchev” and TOR – Ruse; from Germany there are teams from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of Baden Württemberg and ttg, Tubingen (Project coordinator); from Romania the partners are AMFSS, Galatisocial organisation for supporting disadvantaged families, ANOFM – Regional Employment Agency in Galati and AIDRom – a church association in Bucharest.


                Within the course of two days then deadlines for the final version of the Manual in Career Guidance, which will be published in English, German, Romanian and Bulgarian and will include modules, developed by the partners on the basis of research conducted in the three countries within the frames of the project. This Manual will be ready for free dissemination among the stakeholders in June 2017, when it will be introduced at specially organized training workshops in Bulgaria, Germany and Romania. Within the same time limits, to illustrate the topics, practical exercises will be developed and uploaded on an e-platform for individual use by career counsellors in the four languages. These two products, as well as the country reports and the online resource library will be presented at the closing conference in Stuttgart, Germany, on 28-29.06.2017.


                During the meeting, prof. Mihailov had a parallel talk with Prof. Andy Pusca – Rector of Danubius University, Assoc.Prof.Emanuel-Stefan Marinescu, Direct5or of International relations in the same University, Prof.Stefan Balta, Vice-rector on strategic planning, quality and student issues of “Dunarea De Jos” University of Galati, Assoc.Prof.Gelu Gurguiatu, Dean of the Electrical Engineering Faculty at the same university and the Executive director of ANOFM- Cesar Nastase. Issues related to the development of partner relationships between the organisations and opportunities for participation in projects, financed by various European programmes were discussed. Prof. Mihailov invited his colleagues to visit the University of Ruse so they can explore the opportunities for cooperation. The invitation was accepted with gratitude.          

23 February 2017, Thursday

Work visit of the First secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria at the University of Ruse

The Body of Rectors and  the First secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bulgaria, Robert Shestakov discussed joint training of students at the University of Ruse. The Body of Rectors was represented by prof. Velizara Pencheva – Rector, COR MEM prof. Hristo Beloev – Chairperson if the Assembly General, Vice Rectors prof. Plamen Daskalov and prof. Juliana Popova, the Secretary General – assoc. prof. Tanya Grozeva and Assistant Rector Valeri Gegov. Mr. Robert Shestakov was accompanied by Marina Sergunina – Attaché at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Ruse.

The two parties discussed the involvement of educational institutions from Russia in European projects, coordinated by the University of Ruse, the organizing of exhibitions and joint participation in specialized educational events.

The guest expressed an interest to possible instruction in Russian of Russian students in some degree programmes offered by the University of Ruse. The academic management of the University informed him that there are 15 bilateral agreements with Russian Universities and around 20 Russian students are expected to study in Ruse in the summer semester of this academic year under the Erasmus Programme. The opportunities for developing joint Master degree programmes with Russian universities were also discussed.

At the end of the meeting, COR MEM prof. Hristo Beloev – Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse pointed out the fruitful cooperation with the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Ruse, as well as the joint exhibitions we have realized during the years.

15 February 2017, Wednesday

His Excellency Krzyszrof Krajewski: „My first visit to the University of Ruse will certainly not be the last"

Krzyszrof Krajewski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Bulgaria, visited the University of Ruse today. During his meeting with the Academic Management he was acquainted with the history of the University and the opportunities for study that it offers. The Rector, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, introduced the faculties and branches and shared information about international relations of the University. It has over 350 bilateral Erasmus agreements, 18 of which are with Polish Universities. Three Polish students are studying at the University of Ruse at present under the Erasmus Programme.

Possible enhancement of the relations between the University of Ruse and Polish Universities in the field of research in various areas of knowledge, participation in conferences and joint publications were some of the opportunities discussed.

His Excellency Krzyszrof Krajewski was shown around the facilities and was impressed by the interactive exposition "Chronicles of Growth," dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the University. After seeing Kaneff Centre, the diplomat  said it would be a perfect venue for events during the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council. „Although this is my first visit to the University of Ruse, it will certainly not be the last." said Ambassador Kraevski, who accepted the invitation to give a lecture to our students.

At the end of the meeting with the University Management, prof. Pencheva conferred to the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland the Crystal sign of the University of Ruse for his contribution to deepening the warm relationship and strengthening the friendship between our two peoples.

 

1 December 2016, Thursday

Laos expresses readiness for cooperation with Bulgaria in the field of environment

The Deputy Minister of environment and water, Ms. Atanaska Nikolova and the Minister of natural resources and environment of Laos, Mr. Sommad Folsena, discussed the possibilities for signing a memorandum for cooperation in the field of environment. They met in Ruse at the 5th Dialogue for sustainable development within the Cooperation initiative Danube Mekong. The topic of this year's forum is "The water nexus in the third decade".

"Bulgaria has been an active participant in the partnership Asia-Europe. Such platforms for cooperation are of great significance for the exchange of experience and the sustainable development of the countries, said deputy minister Nikolova. The focus of the annual seminar is environmental protection and green growth. This year it is hosted by the University of Ruse.

In his welcome address, the Chairperson of the Municipal Council in Ruse,  SOR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, put an emphasis on the contacts to be established at this forum and their future development. „The good relations, which we have been developing with our Vietnamese partners from the twin city Can Tho, provide one more opportunity for cooperation and exchange of ideas in the field of water nexus and twinning of cities:, said he. The Rector of the University of Ruse, prof. Velisara Pencheva, encouraged the participants in the seminar to be the "ambassadors" of the academic spirit of Ruse all over the world. 

Sustainable water resource management is a key factor both for the improvement of the quality of life and for the balanced social and economic development of th

24 November 2016, Thursday

A Chinese language classroom opened at the University of Ruse

Students from the degree programme European and Global Studies at the University of Ruse will have their classes in Chinese language in the specialized classroom, equipped by Confucius Institute, Sofia. It was opened by the directors of the Confucius Institute, prof. Ge Zhiqiang and assoc. prof. Aksinia Koleva, the Rector of the University of Ruse – prof. Velizara Pencheva and the Chairperson of the Assembly General and the Municipal Council – COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc and representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Sofia.


In her opening address, the Rector, prof. Pencheva, pointed out that the classroom provides the opportunity to all students of the University – over 9000, to get acquainted not only with the Chinese language, but also with the culture. The library, which has over 1000 volumes of study and interactive materials, can be used by the citizens of Ruse as well, added the Rector.


The relations between Bulgaria and China have been revived and we are happy that this is the fourth such classroom, which the Confucius Institute has opened in the country. These rooms are not only in Universities but also in high schools, said assoc. prof. Koleva.

Chinese has been taught at the University of Ruse for four years, by native speakers. At the moment, more than 20 students from the scientific field Political sciences study Chinese.


Besides serving as a Chinese language centre, the Confucius classroom will be used as a "bridge" between the Bulgarian and the Chinese culture, which is one of the main tasks of the Confucius Institute in Sofia. The Directors of the Institute prof. Zhiqiang and assoc. prof. Aksinia Koleva, were awarded with the Crystal sign of the University of Ruse while the teacher of Chinese at the University of Ruse, Hong Haiju, received an address of gratitude.


After the opening ceremony, the Second Festival of the Chinese culture stared in Kaneff Centre. There were participants from Sofia and Ruse, who demonstrated tai chi softball, wu shu, and traditional Chinese dresses. There were unique performances of Chinese songs and dances by Bulgarian singers and dancers and a Chinese singer sang the Bulgarian song "Oblache le byalo".  




14 November 2016, Monday

Participation of the University of Ruse in the annual meeting of the Danube Rectors Conference /DRC/

 

            'From 9th to 12th November, 2016, the Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD and the Vice-rector, Prof. Juliana Popova, PhD participated in the annual meeting and the Assembly General of DRC, held in the Danube University in Krems, Austria.

The authoritative international organization, which has a definitive voice in the higher education space in the Danube region was founded in 1983, and the University of Ruse is а long-time member, as well as the only Bulgarian University in it. In the period 2010-2012 the Presidency of this organization was held by the University of Ruse and its then Rector, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Berloev, DSc.


The annual meeting of DRC in Krems had as a topic „Vision-Knowledge-Prosperity. Contributions of the universities to the good practices and the challenges of the European Strategy for the Danube Region".

During the first day of the event, an Awards Ceremony was held for conferring the Danubius Awards in two categories – for a renowned scholar from the Danube region and for young scholars. In the first category the award was conferred to Prof. Ingeborg Fialova from the Czech Republic, who is a scientist in the humanities. In the second category, one young scholar from each of the 14 Danubian countries was awarded. Bulgaria was represented by Rossitsa Yaneva, PhD, who has defended her science degree in the field of geography at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. In 2014 and 2015 the Danubius award was conferred to representatives of the University of Ruse - Assoc. prof. Daniel Lyubenov from the Dept. of Transport and Strahil Karapchanski, PhD from the Dept. of European Studies and International Relations, Deputy Mayor of Ruse Municipality.


The Award ceremony was opened by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. Rossen Plevneliev, who highlighted the role of our country in the implementation of the European Strategy for the Danube Region.

The annual DRC conference was opened on the second day by Johannes Hann, PhD – European commissary on the policy for territorial cooperation and expansion of the EU and Erhard Busek, PhD – former Vice Chancellor of Austria, DHC of the University of Ruse. In a conversation with Prof. Pencheva, Dr. Hann expressed his satisfaction from the visit to the University of Ruse in 2010 for the opening ceremony of Building 2, and Dr. Busek accepted the invitation for a lecture to the students of the University of Ruse.


The Conference was organized in three panels, dedicated to the role of the Danube Universities and DRC for the development of the European Strategy for the Danube region. The presentations of Mrs. Charlina Vicheva – vice director general of the Joint Research Centre with the European Commission and prof. Miroslav Veskovich – expert in the same centre.

Two strategic projects for the implementation of the Danube strategy were highlighted – Danube-Inco.net and Danube: Future, in which the University of Ruse is a key partner. The name of our University was mentioned numerous times in the presentations of the panelists, which confirms the international prestige of our Alma Mater and its important role in the Danubian space.

During the third day, the Assembly General of DRC was held, in which the Rector of the University of Ruse, prof. Pencheva, voted for the Report of the organization for the previous year, the plan for the following year and the election of the new President of DRC – the Rector of the Danube Univewrsity of Krems – Fridrich Faulmacher. The next  DRC meeting will be held  on 8-10 November 2017 at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

10 November 2016, Thursday

Work visit to the Slovak Agrarian University in Nitra, Slovakia

The Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse – COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc and the Vice-rector on Education, Prof. Plamen Kangalov were on a work visit at the Slovak Agrarian University in Nitra, Slovakia. They participated in the sessions of the Scientific Council of the Technical Faculty for electing a professor. COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc is one of the reviewers of the research work of the lecturer at the University of Nitra Assoc. prof. Pavel Findura, PhD. The other two reviewers are Prof. Ian Mareček from the Czech Agrarian University in Brno and Prof. Vladimir Krochko, from the University of Nitra. Members of the panel were also Prof. Plamen Kangalov from the University of Ruse, Prof. Ian Turan from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Prof. Vladimir Yura from the Czech Agrarian University in Prague. The Chairperson of the panel was Prof. Zdenko Tkach, Dean of the Technical Faculty of the University of Nitra.


The Technical Faculty of the University of Nitra has a long-standing contact with the University of Ruse and the Agrarian and Industrial Faculty, and COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev is a DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA since 2009 of the Slovak Agrarian University.

I can call the Slovak Agrarian University my University because I have been here more than 30 times. My first visit was in 1981 as a student. Then in a few successive years (1982 – 1985) I visited the University to sign agreements for exchange of student internships and work placements. After a short break after 1989, the contacts between our universities were restored in 1996 and since then we have developed numerous joint activities work on common projects; joint textbooks, books, monographs and publications; participation in scientific conferences and workshops; publishing a joint scientific journal; exchange of students, PhD students and lecturers", commented COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc.  


Future joint initiatives have been discussed at a number of meetings with the Board of Rectors of the Slovak Agrarian University, the Dean's team and Heads of Departments of the Technical Faculty. During discussions with long term partners from academia in the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Serbia, who were also in Nitra a joint participation in a project under Horizon 2020 has been agreed on. Another common activity would be the formation of joint research teams for solving specific problems.

9 November 2016, Wednesday

A student from the University of Ruse wins an award from CLAAS Foundation

The diploma thesis of Nikolai Atanasov, a student in the University of Ruse, impressed the panel of the competition, announced by the Foundation of one of the largest agricultural machinery companies CLAAS. CLAAS Foundation gives awards to outstanding students from all over the world, who study in the field of agriculture and engineering. In this year's edition of the competition, Mr. Atanasov won one of the five First international student awards in the section Bachelor engineering diploma thesis.

At the ceremony in Germany, Mr. Nikolai Atanasov was conferred the award personally by Mr. Helmut Claas (DHC of the University of Ruse since 2006) and was greeted by the Head of the Foundation, Mrs. Silvia Locks.

The diploma thesis in the field of agricultural machinery on the topic of "Applying Precise Agriculture in Horticulture and Livestock Farms" was awarded a certificate and financial prize to the amount of 2000 Euro. The prize has a world significance and means successful career path for its bearer.


28 October, 2016, Friday

Students Celebrated the World Occupational Therapy Day

Students from the University of Ruse celebrated the World Occupational Therapy Day. The young people studying in this degree programme organized  the celebration of their professional holiday in front of the Faculty of Public Health and Healthcare building at 97 Aleksandrovska str. The students informed the passers-by about the profession „occupational therapist", handing them some promotional materials made by them. Four students from the Higher School of Occupational Therapy ETOS in Osnabrück, Germany took part in the celebration. They are in Ruse for a four week internship under the Erasmus + Programme.


The World day of Occupational Therapy is 27th October, marked for the first time by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, (WFOT) in 2010. Since then, it has become an important date in the calendar of the specialists, practicing this profession. WFOT includes 92 national organisations, united in their efforts to develop the profession and promote the activity of the organization on a local, national and international level.


The University of Ruse is a pioneer in introducing the degree programme of Occupatio0nal Therapy in Bulgaria. Supported by the |Association of the Bulgarian Occupational Therapists (ABOT) – member of the World Federation, the University of Ruse is active in the promotion, consolidation and development of Occupational Therapy as academic subject, field of research and professional practice on a national level.

Adolf Meyer, a renowned psychiatrist and one of the founders of occupational therapy, defines it in this way: "Our role is to provide opportunities, not to prescribe treatment. Everybody should have the opportunity to work, to produce, to plan and to create…..."

26 October, 2016, Wednesday

Sixth mobility programme 26-30 October, 2016 in Bulgaria under Project 544573- TEMPUS -1-2013-1-BG- TEMPUS-JPHES "Modernising Universities in Uzbekistan" MATcHES

The mobility programme under the project MATcHES (of the TEMPUS Programme) was held from 26 to 30 October, 2016 at the University of Ruse included 21 representatives of the academic institutions of Uzbekistan. The participants are representatives of the Engineering Technological Institute in Buhara, Uzbekistan; the Engineering and Pedagogical Institute in Karshi, Uzbekistan; the Namangan Engineering and Pedagogical Institute and the Committee for Coordination of Science and Technology in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, with the University of Ruse as a lead partner. In view of the high achievements of the First Mobile Programme at the University of Ruse (July 2016), the European Commission issued a specific approval for the organization of a second Mobility Programme in Bulgaria.

The purpose of Project MATcHES is to modernize the Universities in Uzbekistan in compliance with the European reforms (the Bologna process in particular), thus contributing to achieving economy, based on sustainability, knowledge and innovation. To strengthen the knowledge triangle: education – research – innovations, through local, regional, national and international cooperation.

The presentations were organized in 4 days and included detailed description of the University of Ruse and its academic activities for strengthening the relations "University – Business". Vice-rectors, deans and directors from the University of Ruse presented in an attractive way their sectors and units. All the presenters emphasized the opportunities for the Uzbec universities through their cooperation with the University of Ruse.

The laboratories, furnished by companies, such as Schneider Electric, Siemens, as well as the were of particular interest for our guests from Uzbekistan. They also visited the Regional information centre in Ruse and learned about their activities and the possibilities for funding the relation "University – Business".

They visited the Study Production Plant, where assoc. prof. Tihomir Todorov acquainted them with the opportunities for commercialization of scientific achievements. 

The final presentation was by assoc. prof. Daniel Pavlov – Director of the Entrepreneurshiop Centre of the University of Ruse. He presented the master degree programme in Entrepreneurship and Innovationbs, as well as some projects in this field such as Start it smart; Startent; Jump Project; Startup Factory, etc.

At the Regional Information Centre the guests were acquainted with the opportunities for funding of the relation "business-university through Operational Programmes.

Members of the Uzbec delegatoion participated in the Scientific conference of the University of Ruse Учените with their papers.

The work team of the University of Ruse is led by the coordinator of the project – assoc. prof. Daniel Pavlov, with the participation of prof. Diana Antonova – Vice Rector on Research, assoc. prof. Pavel Vitliemov – Vice dean on research and personnel development of the Faculty of Business and Management, pr. Assistant Svilen Kunev, PhD, Irina Kostadinova, PhD

e regions, mentioned in her address Deputy minister Nikolova. She shared with the audience the successful experience in international cooperation, concerning management of the river Danube.

The three-day seminar has been organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment and Water, the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev", the European External Action Service and the European Commission. Representatives of 6 European and 8 Asian countries participate in the forum.

The main goal of the initiative is the enhancement of interregional cooperation Asia-Europe. The topics discussed covered water nexus, green growth, water resources, nutrition and transnational areas.

6 October 2016, Thursday

The Honorary DHC of the University of Ruse Ignat Kanev celebrating his 90-th Birthday

Becoming a Somebody" is the title of his autobiograpgy

Today, Ignat Kaneff, DHC of the University of Ruse celebrates his 90-ieth birthday. The Canadian construction mogul and benefactor was in Bulgaria on the eve of his personal celebration, to meet his relatives and friends. His birthday party was in Ruse. Mr. Kaneff chose to receive his 150 guests in the space of Kaneff Centre – a building erected with his donation.

On the day of his personal celebration, he received congratulatory addresses from His Highness, the Metropolitan of Ruse, Naum, the MPs Plamen Nunev and Krasimir Karakachanov, the governor of Ruse region assoc. prof. Stefko Burdjiev, the Mayor of Ruse, Plamen Stoilov, the Rector of RU, prof. Velizara Pencheva, Mr. Plamen Bobokov, the Mayor of Borovo Municipality, heads of institutions, relatives and friends. The President, Mr. Rosen Plevneliev and the Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov sent congratulato0ey addresses. The celebration was led by the Chairperson of the Municipal Council of Ruse and Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc.

On behalf of the University management, the Rector, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, expressed her gratitude for the support Mr. Kaneff has given to the higher school and assured him of the respect of the academic community. „Your life story is a kind of guidebook helping a person to reach even farther than his dreams. Your strong will, unbeatable spirit and constant readiness to help the others are signposts, which you have followed on your road to success@, said prof. Pencheva.

The biography "Becoming a Somebody" in which Ignat Kaneff shares his life with the writer Steven Nidgick, was published in a limited edition in the eve of the anniversary. The guests at the party received a copy signed by Mr. Kaneff.

The book starts with acknowledgements to COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev for their long-standing friendship and Mr. Kaneff shares that he has been instrumental in publishing the book in Bulgarian. Ignat Kaneff expresses his personal gratitude to the lecturer of English at the University of Ruse Milena Popova for her enthusiasm and many hours of hard labour to translate the book into Bulgarian.

„My causes are education and health care", said Mr. Kaneff in front of journalists and mentioned that he was still thinking of supporting another project in Ruse.


30 September 2016, Friday

Entrepreneurship training gaining popularity in the University of Ruse

Students from the two faculties of the University of Ruse – Business and Management and Transport are developing business plans, which are required for the application package for the TECHNOSTART project for encouraging the innovation activities of young people in Bulgaria, announced by the Ministry of Economy. The ideas approved on a national level will receive up to 10 000 Euro as grants.

In the course of their studies at the University of Ruse, students are actively engaged in entrepreneurship – they visit companies, organise surveys, work on assignments, given to them by managers from the region. Besides the Master degree programme in "Entrepreneurship and Innovations", additional master classes are organised in the University regularly, which keep gaining popularity.

In the Master degree programme in "Entrepreneurship and Innovations", the whole study process has been organised under Felder's model, where students are consulted about their business intentions. This Master degree is preferred by those willing to start their own company – individual, family or joint venture, by those who have already started their business, as well as those working in organisations, supporting SMEs in Bulgaria. For students with previous degree in business, the Master programme lasts two semesters while for those, who have graduated from other fields of higher education, the duration is four semesters. The course of study is part-time, paid and is held on weekends.

The entrepreneurship courses are designed for students not only from the Business and Management Faculty, but also from other faculties. In recent years they have become really popular due to the non-traditional forms of instruction and the opportunity to meet visiting businessmen. During the last course in eco-entrepreneurship, which finished last summer, three of the teams presented their developments on using wind energy, planting essential oil-yielding crop and consultancy in the field of environmental corporate social responsibility. Signing for the new master class in eco-entrepreneurship is by 2 October and the organisers are the faculty of Business and Management and the Institute for Studying Societies and Knowledge with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, supported by the Institute of Environmental studies (Heidelberg) and the Federal German Ecological Foundation (DBU).

28 September, Wednesday

Ignat Kanev in the University of Ruse: „You can rely on me!"

The Canadian construction tycoon and benefactor, DHC of the University of Ruse, Ignat Kaneff visited the University and met the academic management. During the walk around the building of the University, Mr. Kaneff saw the Poster exhibition of pictures from events that took place in the Grand lecture Hall of Kaneff Centre, built with his generous donation. „I am glad that so many young people come to this Centre and you are using the facility for various purposes!", exclaimed Mr. Kaneff when he saw the pictures from the visit of the First Deputy Chairperson of the EC Frans Timmermans, from the international competitions in Informatics, the University forums and the theatre performances.

„The University received a gift, which  consolidated its place among the higher schools in Bulgaria and abroad", said the Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse and Chairperson of the Municipal Council – COR MEM prof. Hristo Beloev.

The realisation of the students and moments from the history were the highlights of the presentation, given by the rector of the University, prof. Velizara Pencheva. In his turn, Mr. Kaneff gave an example with the Bulgarians who graduated in the field of Informatics and immigrated to Canada. Only for the last 15 years the electronic systems of five of the biggest banks and hospitals have been managed by Bulgarians, said he. „It makes me happy to see that we are no worse than other nationalities because our universities provide education, which prepares young people to work anywhere – in Europe and in America", said Mr. Kaneff.

At the end of the meeting with the academic community, he received the plaquette dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the University of Ruse and stated: „You can always rely on me!".

The exposition "Chronicles of Growth", which shows the history of the higher school and exhibits mo0menrts from the visits of Mr. Kaneff in Ruse was an emotional flashback. „I am happy that my name is next to the names of scientists with academic titles and politicians of global scale!", said he, looking at the poster with the holders of the title DHC of the University of Ruse.


27 September 2016, Tuesday

Students from the University of Ruse will be developing a prototype of town car, driven by a hydrogen cell

Students from four faculties of the University of Ruse will be developing a prototype of town car, driven by hydrogen. They are planning to participate in the next Shell Eco-marathon Europe, which will be held in London again. According to experts, it is in the class of hydrogen-driven town car prototypes where the biggest hardships and challenges should be overcome by the young engineers. With this new prototype, the University of Ruse will be participating in Shell Eco-marathon 2017 with one more team but in a different category.

The idea was born several months ago after the young people became part of research teams under different student mobility programmes and participated in conferences, dedicated to environmental protection issues in various European cities. Representatives of the Transport Faculty, the Faculty of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Automation, the Agrarian and Industrial Faculty and the Faculty of Business and Management will be working together under a joint project for participation in competitions for vehicles, using alternative energy sources. With the help of lecturers from different departments, the students will try to create an automobile, driven by alternative energy and meeting the traffic standards in Europe.


During the meeting with the Body of Rectors, Ivan Hristov, PhD from the Department of Transport shared that during the latest forum on "green" automobiles in the Dutch city of Antwerp, one of the hottest topics was the use of hydrogen as energy source. A survey conducted among young people up to 34 years old in the European countries has shown that using electrically driven vehicles is a way of preserving the environment.

The students from the University of Ruse have a concept for a new development and have already obtained the support of the Body of Rectors. In the near future tasks will be distributed among the members of the multi-disciplinary team. The hydrogen-driven Town car prototype will be developed with the aim to take part in competitions, but it will be equally important for it to meet the traffic requirements in Europe – i.e. to have headlights, windscreen wipers and at least two doors.

Some of the lecturers, who will be working with the students have some experience in Shell Eco-marathon and are ready to share not only their knowledge, but the practical experience they have gained as well. Among them is assoc. prof. Georgi Hristov, from the Faculty of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Automation, who foresees that in some years, electrically driven and hybrid automobiles will be quite common.

According to a document, adopted in 2011 White Book Road map for a single European transport area towards a competitive transport system with efficient use of resources, by 2030 the automobiles using conventional fuels should be reduced twice. The goal is to have logistics practically free of carbon dioxide in the big cities in Europe by 2030. The automobiles with ICE should be gradually phased out in the cities, says the White Book.

 


13 September 2016, Tuesday

Teachers from Moldova attended training at the University of Ruse

23 students studied Bulgarian during their summer practice

Students from high schools and five of their teachers from Kishinev, Tvardica and Kayrakliya were on a study trip to the University of Ruse. The students had their summer practice in Bulgaria and had additional classes in Bulgarian while their teachers attended a course for improving their qualification. At the end of the week they will all obtain their certificates.

The visit of the group to the University of Ruse is part of the programme for implementation of Decree 103 of the Council of Ministers for providing education to Bulgarians abroad. In the course of 10 days the teachers had the chance to exchange valuable experience and knowledge with lecturers from the University of Ruse, to listen to lectures and discover the historical sights of Ruse. The students, in their turn, had their schedule of classes in Bulgarian language, taught by lecturers from the University, as well as a colourful cultural programme, including visits to museums.

The guests from Moldova were present at the official opening of the academic school year at the University of Ruse. During their meeting with the Rector, prof. Velizara Pencheva, the teachers shared their wonderful impressions from the city, the University of Ruse and their emotional acquaintance with the mascot RUmen.

Six students from Moldova will start their studies at the University of Ruse under Decree this year. The Ministry of Education has doubled the places in universities for young people of Bulgarian origin from the countries Moldova, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Romania, Kazakhstan.


18 August 2016, Thursday

High degree of loyalty of the students from the University of Ruse reports the International survey Trendence Graduate Barometer

            For five years in a row, the University of Ruse gets involved in the international survey Trendence Graduate Barometer (TGB), which studies the opinion of students from over 1000 universities in the world on the efficiency of their education in terms of their future career prospects and priorities.

            Trendence is a leading research institute in Europe, specialised in research and marketing of the labour market, holding annually the survey Trendence Graduate Barometer among 500 000 students. In TGB's 2016 survey 23 countries took part: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, the Nethеrlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Finland, France, Hungary, the Check Republic, Switzerland and Sweden.

            In the 2016 survey, 282 students from all degree programmes at the University of Ruse took part, with 36,2% studying in the field of Technical Sciences while 33,2% - in the field of Administration and Management, and that of Economy.

            The results from the survey shed light on the opinion of the Ruse students on a number of issues, related to the satisfaction from their studies, their self-assessment of the knowledge and skills acquired, as well as their expectations for their future professional realisation.

            The satisfaction of the students surveyed from the quality of education in the University of Ruse is impressive: 92,7% express satisfaction from the professional skills they acquire, while 82,9% - from the availability and accessibility  of study materials. 82% of the participants in the survey are satisfied by the  didactic skills of their lecturers and the opportunities provided by the programmes for international exchange. 80,3% are pleased with the technical equipment and facilities in the University, while 72,7% - with the internships offered.

            The young people demonstrate high level of self-evaluation, concerning the soft skills acquired at the University, which have a great impact on their career realisation, namely: reliability, mobility, social competencies, ability to work under stress, aspiration for excellence, etc.

            The survey results show that 91,6% of the students surveyed would recommend the University of Ruse to their friend and relatives, while 42,9% of them would continue their education here in the subsequent educational degree.

            The expectations of the students in Ruse for their future career realisation are of particular interest. According to them, the qualities which they would appreciate most in their future employer are the opportunities offered for personal development and good career perspectives, improvement of their qualifications, sense of job security, successful management style, etc.

            68,4% of the surveyed at the University of Ruse have identified as their career priority the specialization in the professional field of their studies. For 64,7% it is a goal to start work immediately after graduation, while 75,8% seek indefinite employment. Nearly 54% are ready to work on strategic assignments and 53,3% would like to start work in a small or medium-sized enterprise. The results related to the preference of the Ruse students for the location of their job are also worth mentioning. 26% plan to work in the region of their studies, 30% - in the region, where they were born, 29,2% share that they are going to work in Bulgaria, without specifying where, while 14,4% would seek professional reali8sation abroad.

            A significant percentage of the students surveyed /59,8%/ feel that they are optimally prepared for their career, thanks to their education. According to 51% of them, it is more important to find personal realization than to earn money, while 43,3% would accept lower salaries if they think the job offered is suitable for them.

            It is a positive trend that 51,1% of the Ruse University students surveyed have entrepreneurial attitude – they consider starting their own company while they are still students or straight after graduation.

26 July 2016, Tuesday

Lighting installation for stimulating plant growth demonstrated at a conference in Budapest the University of Ruse

A conference and exchange for technology transfer in bio economy gathered scientists from 16 countries in the Hungarian capital Budapest. The Conference ""Support of developing partnerships in bio-based economy in the Danube region through tri-lateral cooperation" was part of the project Danube-INCO.NET, with the Bulgarian partner led by COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc, under the 7th Frame Programme of the European Commission. About 130 participants from academic communities, industry, state and public institutions from Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine and the UK, together with representatives of the European Commission, coordinators and members from priority areas 2 (Energy), 6 (Biodiversity. Landscape, quality of air and soils) and 8 (Competitiveness) of the EU Danube Strategy (EUSDR), took part in the event.

The University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" supported the participation of the manager of "Variant Ruse", Ltd, Mr. Venelin Angelov, who presented an innovative development Русенският университет „Ангел Кънчев" подкрепи участието на управителя на „Вариант Русе" ООД – г-н Венелин Ангелов, който при голям интерес от присъстващите, представи иновативна разработка „Lighting installation for intensive growth of vegetables in greenhouses", protected by utility model, developed by a team led by assoc.prof. Nadezhda Evstatieva and "Variant Ruse".

In-depth studies are conducted in this area at the University of Ruse by assoc. prof. Evstatieva and a team from the company "Variant Ruse", Ltd., who have developed a system with LED light bulbs. The system provides advantages for the so called multi-layer plant growth and internal lighting, where the light sources are vertically placed among the plants, in order to increase their number on a limited area. An additional advantage is the fact that no pests can reach the plants, hence no chemicals are needed for plant protection during the period of their growth. Thus the plants are completely harmless and can be consumed even without washing.

The light source developed takes into consideration the fact that plants turn towards light and in nature it can be in any direction, so the artificial light is close to the daylight. The technology is related to complete substitution of daylight by artificial light, for complete control of the climate (cultivation without daylight).

LED light bulbs, developed within the utility model, offer flexibility for different needs. If we wish to improve the vegetation, we use only blue diodes and the red ones may be used for improving the fruit yield or flower growing. Both aspects of growth can be improved if a combination of red and blue diodes is used. To reduce dependability on power from the mains, a RES is used.

  https://danube-inco.net/object/news/17636


20 July 2016, Wednesday

 

Students from Estonia have summer practice at the University of Ruse

 

Five students from Estonia have summer practice in Ruse. They are here as a result of an agreement signed between their higher school and the University of Ruse. Arthur, Tamara, Valentin, Maxim and Anastasia study in the degree programme Technology of fuels in the town of Kohtla-Yarve, Estonia.



The young people shared that they have been impressed from their visits to companies in the region, which have business in the production and processing of fuels. „We saw how the processes, which we have studied theoretically, happen in reality. In the laboratories of the University of Ruse, we got acquainted with the devices and apparatuses used by the students in Ruse. At the Branch in Razgrad, we learned the secret of the Bulgarian yoghurt and the technology of its production", shared the students from Estonia.



Besides studying, the students also had the chance to see some of the sights in Bulgaria. They conquered Tsarevets, Shipka and Buzludzha, and the museums of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo and of the Rise in Kazanluk, as well as the Ethnographic village Etura showed them interesting moments from the life of Bulgarians in the past and today. Undoubtedly, the Black sea coast has been the biggest attraction for the Estonian students, who were pleasantly surprised by the sea water temperature.


The two month exchange under the Erasmus programme is part of the education of the students from both universities. ​

19 July 2016, Tuesday

 

A delegation from the Agrarian University in Nitra, Slovakia on a visit to the University of Ruse

 

Four representatives of the Agrarian University in Nitra, Slovakia visited the University of Ruse. They were: prof. Wladimir Krochko, DHC of the University of Ruse, prof. Zdenko Tkach – Dean of the Technical Faculty, prof. Roman Galik – Vice –dean of the Technical Faculty and assoc. prof. Pavel Findura – Head of Department Agricultural Machinery. During the meeting with the Rectors' body joint master degree programmes and opportunities for Erasmus exchange of students have been discussed, as well as joint participation of lecturers from the two universities in international conferences and in projects.

 

The delegation also met the management of the Agrarian and Industrial Faculty.

 

The cooperation between the University of Ruse and the Agrarian University in Nitra dates back to 1986, but in the last 13-15 years, the contacts between the researchers have been revived and strengthened. The two parties organise student practices, as well as exchange of lecturers and researchers. Several projects for sustainable maintenance of agricultural machinery, using biofuels and oils have been implemented successfully.

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15 July 2016, Friday

Twelve topics from the 70-year history of the University of Ruse are displayed in the exposition "Chronicles of Growth"

 

An exposition on the history of the University of Ruse since its founding date has been arranged on an area of 300 sq.m. in the main building of the University. The long and successful road of development of the University is exposed in 12 topics. The first 8 are related to the development of the faculties, and the remaining ones cover the successful achievements of alumni, bearers of DHC , rectors, as well as the opportunities for the students' leisure time. 

 

The main structural units of the higher school, present the achievements of its researchers and its distinguished alumni, award bearers and rectors. The modes of presentation include audio and video demonstrations and interactivity, providing opportunities for searching and sharing information, as well as illustration through symbolic objects. Multimedia, touch-screen computers, audio points are used with specially designed media. They allow animation of characters and including stories "in first person singular". The choice of the 12 topics is closely linked to the development of Ruse in the Lower Danube region at the time of modernity.

 

One of the aims of the exhibition is to preserve and present the history of the University, but also to connect it to the present day. Thus, the messages are topical and create information medium, which reflects the position of the University in the life of the city, country and academia.


The exposition "The University of Ruse - Chronicles of Growth" has the functions of a digital archive, where entertaining and educational theme games are created, video and audio content is shared, individual search is performed, collections are designed and virtual walks in time are offered. This exposition, built on the principle of social inclusion of stakeholders, provides the University with a new tool for working with different audiences – alumni, currents students and guests, as well as prospective students.

​The working time of the exposition "The University of Ruse - Chronicles of Growth"  is Monday to Friday, 9 to 5.

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12 July 2016, Tuesday

Academic visit from Uzbekistan to the University of Ruse

 

In the period 04-14.07.2016, 21 representatives of academic institutions from Uzbekistan are visiting the University of Ruse under the Project MATcHES (TEMPUS). The University of Ruse is the leading partner.

 

The initiative is under TEMPUS IV — Reform of higher education through international university cooperation (2012/C 375/07).

The project title is: Towards the Modernization of Higher Education Institutions in Uzbekistan/ MATcHES

 

The goal of the project is: to modernize the higher education institutions in Uzbekistan in compliance with the European reforms (particularly the Bologna process), thus contributing to an economy, based on sustainability, knowledge and innovations. To strengthen the knowledge triangle: education – research – innovations, through local, regional, national and international cooperation.

The schedule of the visit includes meetings with the Rectors' Body of the University of Ruse and with the Dean's team of Business and Management Faculty, participation in the International conference of the Association of lecturers in economics and management (organised with the active involvement of the University of Ruse), workshops for work on international projects at the University of Ruse. The members of the delegation had useful meetings with researchers, who are working on applied research under international projects, and they also visited technological parks for RES energy production.

 

The guests will be meeting representatives of the local authorities in Ruse, visiting companies in the region and discussing issues of mutual interest with representatives of the business at the Chamber of Commerce.

 

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14 June 2016, Tuesday

Farmers and scientists discuss soil conservation in Bulgaria


70 participants – farmers, representatives of companies offering equipment and services in the field of agriculture, scientists and representatives of institutions, discussed the conservation of soil diversity and soil health in Bulgaria. The forum was opened by the vice-rector of the University of Ruse – Prof. Juliana Popova. Welcoming words were extended by COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, Chairperson of the Municipal council and of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse; Stanimir Stanchev – vice-governor​ of Ruse region and Violeta Nedeva – programme director of agriculture in the America for Bulgaria" Foundation.



The Project "Preserving Bulgaria's soils", funded by "America for Bulgaria" Foundation is implemented by the University of Ruse for the duration of 4 years (until September 2018). Its goal is to encourage local farmers to adopt new technologies for soil treatment and thus, to reduce their losses due to fast destruction of the Bulgarian soils, due to climate change and inappropriate treatment.


The latest research shows that many farms, particularly in northern Bulgaria, lose more than 5 tonnes of soil per hectare annually due to water and wind erosion. The tendency for such losses is growing with the intensive ploughing, the use ​​of heavy machinery and inappropriate methods of tilling.

The two American speakers - Prof. Harold van Es and Brian Goggin, shared their experience with the participants, talking about soil health and some economic aspects of implementing the new technology for soil preservation.


Harold van Es is a scientific advisor in the project. He is a professor in soil and water management, former Chair of the department of Soil and plant sciences with Cornell University, USA. He was elected President of the American Society of Soil Scientists and agronomists.

Brian Goggin has rich experience in agriculture, managing projects for technical assistance in agriculture and as an Agricultural attaché in agriculture with the American Embassy in Sofia from 2001 to 2006.

For more information, see the project website: www.cbs.uni.ruse.bg. ​​


13 June, 2016, Monday

International Academic Erasmus week at the University of Ruse

The University of Ruse is hosting the Third International academic Erasmus week. The events, which start today, have as their topic "The New Agenda of the European institutions for higher ed​​​​​​​ucation". The forum was opened by the vice-rector in Education, Prof. Plamen Kangalov, who greeted the participants and wished them efficient work and useful meetings in Ruse and the University.


In the course of 5 days, 14 representatives of partner universities from Latvia, Turkey, Estonia, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Slovenia, and Albania will exchange experience and good practices in different spheres of the Erasmus Programme. Two PhD students from China, who are currently studying at the University of Ruse are among the participants in the Erasmus week.


​The vice-rector in European integration and international cooperation, Prof. Juliana Popova presented the agenda of the forum for the whole week. The meeting started with a presentation of the University of Ruse and the opportunities for studying in it. Later the guests will have a lesson in Bulgarian language and culture. The discussions on the main topic will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. The programme includes a tour of Ruse and participation in university sports event on Thursday.


The participants will discuss the development of new technologies, the globalisation of the economy and culture, the competition on the education services market, the cultural diversity in the context of the new agenda of higher institutions in Europe, where modernisation and internationalisation have no alternative.

 

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8 June 2016, Wednesday

Tastes of Danube: Bread, Wine and herbs, shown in Brushlen

On 8 June 2016 in the tourist complex in the village of Brushlen The Union of pensioners 2004 from Slivo pole Municipality and the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev", under the patronage of the Mayor, Mr. Valentin Atanasov, and with the cooperation of Slivo pole Municipality, organised an event under the project Tastes of Danube: Bread, Wine and herbs of the international Association Danube Networkers (DANET). Non-government organisations from countries along the Danube such as Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, etc. take part in this project. They will presented their ideas and traditions for creating Danube bread, bread products and wine, and their role in the family, work community, holidays, religion, etc. An anthology of bread, a photography contest, an exchange of recipes and technologies, advertising of bread products and wine, stamps, posters, etc. will be organised.

In Brushlen, baking bread, using technologies from our childhood was organised. Rituals, showing the way of bread, starting from sowing of the grain, to putting the bread on the table for bringing the people closer were demonstrated. The competition with bread and wine tasting will contribute to the variety of the programme events. 

The Governor of Ruse Region, Mr. Stefko Burdjiev, was present at the event, as well as the mayors of 5 municipalities of the region. There were guests from Bucharest - Prof, ion Secheleany and his wife, as well as representatives of the municipalities of Slivo pole, Ryahovo, Brushlen and Babovo. From the University of Ruse, Assoc. prof. Emilia Velikova, coordinator of the project for Bulgaria and member of the DANET Board was present and made a presentation about the project and the involvement of different organisations in it. There was an exhibition of bread and bread products and some prizes were distributed. A quizz for all the participants, related to the topic of bread, sent some of these products to the winning participants, who knew the answers to the questions.

The project Tastes of Danube: Bread, Wine and herbs will apply for European recognition. The last project, The Wanted Danube (http://thewanteddanube.eu/bilder-2) won for DANET two European prizes, awarded in Brussels and Berlin, European Citizen Prize - 2015 and the Europe Lilly Prize.

Photographs, books, posters and other project outcomes like bread and bread products and wine will be presented at the Danube Festival in Ulm, Germany, 1 - 10 July 2016.

This international project generates interest among the general public in the countries from the Danube region, and attracts the support of the local and national authorities. The national heritage gems of the different nationalities are preserved and an environment of cooperation, information exchange, and friendship is created between the people from this region. ​

See more on www.tastes-of-danube.eu



11 May, 2016, Wednesday

The Ambassador of the Netherlands talks to students from the University of Ruse

His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bulgaria, Tom van Oorschot, visited the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" for a second time this year. Invited by the University management, he led an interactive discussion with students from the Department of European studies and the Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre (BRIE) on the tоpic of "The challenges of the Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers for the Kingdom of the Netherlands".

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His Excellency, Tom van Oorschot described the practical aspects of the Presidency and the priorities, which his country identified even before embarking on it. The three leading principles are related to helping the ordinary European citizens understand the policies of the EU, focusing these policies only on the crucial issues, and, last but not least, to encourage innovations and create new work places and economic growth.

The Netherlands chairs the EU Council of Ministers for the twelfth time, while Bulgaria is to chair it in 2018 for the first time.

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The two main challenges for the Dutch Presidency are the migration crisis and the referendum in Great Britain. The Ambassador praised Bulgaria for its achievements in defending the outer borders of the EU. "Our task is to defend those who need defence, but the problems appear when these people mix with the economic migrants. This whole process was not understood by all member-states and some adopted internal national measures, which undermines the European tool for crisis action". Shared the Ambassador with the students.

Today, many of us, especially those who have not seen the atrocities of war, take the EU Project, thanks to which we live in freedom and cooperate, for granted, said the diplomat, but if we look at the world around us, we will become aware of this great achievement and realise that the Eurosceptics should think about history when they present their arguments.

After his diplomatic posts in Hungary and Turkey and his work for the Ministry of foreign Affairs, Mr. Oorschot has been an Ambassador in Sofia since 2013.​


26 April 2016, Tuesday

Rear Admiral Vergil Chitac is the 42nd bearer of the Honorary title DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA of the University of Ruse

The Rector of Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy, Constanta, Romania, Rear Admiral prof. Vergil Chitac is the 42nd bearer of the Honorary title DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA of the University of Ruse. He was granted the honorary title for his contribution in the field of interuniversity cooperation. The ceremony was led by the Rector of the University of Ruse, prof. Pencheva.

 

 


„I am moved and deeply honoured by the title conferred to me by a most prestigious university not only in Bulgaria, but also in the European research and education space", started his talk prof. Chitac. "The time when the higher schools were closed systems and education was accessible to the elite only are long gone. Now we are facing the challenge to open the universities and to train people, who acquire serious knowledge and can cope with the new realities," said the rector of the Naval Academy in Constanta. In this context, prof. Chitac reminded the audience of the four pillars of education, according to Jacqueс Delors: Learning to know; learning to act; learning to live together; learning to be.


The Vice Rector for Education and research, prof. Diana Antonova, presented the professional life of prof. Chitac. His research activities include a long list of publications in national and international professional journals. He has participated in a number of educational and research projects and has six patented innovations.


Today's solemn act is an expression of gratitude of the academic community of the University of Ruse for the extremely active and fruitful cooperation with the Naval Academy Mircea cel Batran in Constanta. The two higher schools signed an agreement for cooperation, in 2010, and they have interacted actively ever since then, working on joint projects, exchanging students and lecturers, participating in conferences, etc. ​

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25 April 2016, Monday

His Excellency Tom van Oorsschot, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands: „I will be happy to meet the students of the University of Ruse"

​The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, His Excellency Tom van Oorsschot, visited the University of Ruse and had a discussion with the Academic Body of Rectors. „I am extremely impressed by your University, after I was one of the participants in the citizens dialogue with the Vice Chairperson of the European Commission Frans Timmermans" were the first words of the visitor.

 


During the discussion with the academic management, the Rector, prof. Velizara Pencheva informed the ambassador that the University of Ruse has four bilateral agreements with universities in the Netherlands. We endeavour to be the leader in our region, so we offer a wide range of degree programmes from 23 professional fields. Besides, for the last 7-8 years, we have been working actively in cooperation with the business on practical training and internships and even on developing the training materials for our students, mentioned prof. Pencheva.


His Excellency Tom van Oorsschot was interested in the training in English at the University of Ruse. He declared his willingness to meet our students from different degree programmes and discuss with them interactively the challenges for the European Union in the light of the Dutch Presidency.

 

 


 

19 April 2016, Tuesday

The Chairperson of the University Senate of Vasile Alexandru University in Bacau, prof. Valentin Nedeff, meets with the academic management of the University of Ruse.

The Chairperson of the University Senate of Vasile Alexandru University in Bacau, and bearer of the honorary title DOCTOR HONORIS CAUSA of the University of Ruse, prof. Valentin Nedeff visited the University today. During the discussions with the Rector, prof. Velisara Pencheva, the opportunities for joint master degree programmes, research and PhD training were reviewed.


 

„It is a happy coincidence that we have similar scientific and professional interests with the Chairperson of the Assembly General of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev. When I was Rector, he too was at the head of the University of Ruse. After two rector mandates, I am now Chairperson of the University Senate in Bacau, just like him.", said prof. Nedeff.


 

The guest conveyed the invitation of the Rector of Vasile Alexandru University to the academic management of the University of Ruse, for participation in the events, dedicated to the 55th Anniversary of the higher school in Bacau.

 


 


 

11 April 2016, Monday

Katarzhina Deda, Head of the Consular Department of the Republic of Poland, visited the University of Ruse


 

Grateful for the hospitality and the interest of the academic community to the exhibition „The Poles in and for Independent Bulgaria", the Head of the Consular Department of the Republic of Poland, Katarzhina Deda, came to meet the Rector of the University of Ruse, prof. Velizara Pencheva in person. "We will be glad to share more events like the exhibition because we have many initiatives that may be attractive for the academic community", said Ms. Deda.


 

In turn, the Rector, prof. Pencheva, stressed the fact that four lecturers at the University of Ruse e graduated in Poland. Together with Juliana Popova, Vice Rector for Euro integration and International Cooperation, prof. Pencheva presented the activities of the Bulgarian and Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre. The bilateral Erasmus agreements of the University of Ruse and the contracts with the higher schools in Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and other Polish cities were also among the discussion topics.


 

The exhibition "The Poles in and for Independent Bulgaria" was exhibited on the campus of the University of Ruse and, in 10 days, the academic community had the chance to observe the 15 panels with photographs, text and facsimiles, which track the contribution of some Poles to the unification and the establishment of the Bulgarian state after the Liberation. The same exhibition will be set up tonight in the lobby of the Theatre building.​


 

8 March, Tuesday, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

ON THE INTERNATIONAL MEETING UNDER THE PROJECT

FairGuidance

Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership

Project No: 2015-1-DE02-KA202-002527

The team of the Centre for Adult Education with the University of Ruse, led by Prof. Nikolai Mihailov, is the organizer of the second meeting under the project FairGuidance of the Erasmus+ Strategic partnerships Programme. The meeting will be held on 9 and 10 March 2016 (Wednesday and Thursday at 9 o'clock a.m. in room 1.322 in the Main building of the University of Ruse. Representatives of the eight partners under the project from Germany, Romania and Bulgaria, as well as Directors of Centres with the University of Ruse and representatives of the Labour Office - Ruse.

The main goal of the project is better integration of disadvantaged people (low educated, migrants, ethnic minorities, long-term unemployed and others) into the education system and on the labour market. In the course of the project, qualified consultants in the field of vocational education and job training will be prepared. Taking into account the specific needs of the end beneficiaries, they will facilitate not only their access to career orientation services, but also their transition to continuous education, training and professional realization.

Materials presenting good practices in the field of career consultancy will be discussed at the meeting. Collected in an online library, these materials will be used in the development of training courses for counsellors, helping those who are looking for a job. During the meeting, the partners will exchange ideas about the structure and content of the modules and will determine criteria for evaluation of the study materials. The first pilot course will be conducted in Germany with the participation of counsellors from the three countries.

The international partners are representatives of the Ministry of culture, youth and sport of Baden-Württemberg province, Germany, The Regional Employment  Agency, Galati, Romania, TTG team training GmbH, Germany, coordinators of the project, Association St Spiridon, Galati, managing a Day care centre for disadvantaged people and two church organisations from Germany and Romania. Bulgaria is represented by the teams of the Centre for Adult Education with the University of Ruse and the Territorial organization of research specialists-Ruse. The varied experience and competence of the partners are a guarantee for the success of the project.

For more information:

Prof. Nikolay​​ ​Mihailovtel. 0888 539 388

 

19 February 2016, Friday

Opportunities for cooperation with higher schools in Belarus were discussed at the meeting of the academic management of the University of Ruse with the Ambassador, His Excellency Vladimir Voronkovich 
 

The partnership agreement between the University of Ruse and the State Agricultural Academy of Belarus in Gorki is one of the agreements signed between higher schools in Bulgaria and Belarus. A total of 17 universities from both countries have such agreements, announced the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, His Excellency Vladimir Voronkovich during his visit to the University of Ruse.

The Rector, prof. Velizara Pencheva, presented the faculties and degree programmes at the University of Ruse. She also shared some of the experience, which the team of the University has in the training of international students and Erasmus students.

Two of the Vice Rectors – in Education, prof. Plamen Kangalov and in European integration, prof. Juliana Popova, as well as the chairperson of the General Assembly, COR MEM prof. Hristo Beloev, took part in the meeting.

His Excellency Vladimir Voronkovich invited the academic management of the University of Ruse to visit the State Agricultural Academy of Belarus and to participate in joint educational and research conferences, as well as to prepare syllabi. Some possible spheres of closer cooperation are agricultural machinery repair, business and management, and ecology.

The possibility or student exchange under Erasmus + from the academic year 2017/2018, as well as the training of students in joint Master degree programmes between the University of Ruse and higher schools in Belarus was discussed. Prof. Pencheva gave an example of good practice with the Centre for Continuing Education, which has conducted such an exchange for a given period.

Some of the paramount issues for the agriculture and ecology in both countries could be solved using the contacts with partner universities from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, said the chairperson of the General Assembly, COR MEM prof. Hristo Beloev. He promised to organise a meeting between teams from the University of Nitra (Slovakia), Brno (the Czech Republic and Gorki (Belarus) in Ruse, together with the Vice Rector prof. Plamen Kangalov. Issues related to recovery, repair and reliability of machinery will be discussed at this meeting, and scientific areas of common interest will be identified for future projects. ​

 

​​​8 February 2016, Monday

​Delegation from the Technological Academy at Rezekne met the Governing Body of the University of Ruse

Lighting projects, including LED, developed by scientists at the University of Ruse are of interest for a team of researchers from the Technological Academy at Rezekne, Latvia. Lecturers from the two higher schools cooperate in the field of engineering sciences and are in the process of expanding their partnership. It was discussed during the working meeting between the delegation, led by the Rector of the Technological Academy at Rezekne, Prof. Edmunds Teyrumnieks, and the academic governing body of the University of Ruse. New opportunities for joint research developments and training of students were shared during the talks.

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The Latvian Higher School has developed technology for ultrasound processing of metal items, improving the mechanical properties of the material, announced the Rector, Prof. Teyrumnieks. On this basis, cooperation with some of the Faculties of the University of Ruse is possible. Moreover, the field trials are conducted in Bulgaria (in a German and Bulgarian joint company, based in Gabrovo). 

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The idea of developing a master degree programme that would allow students from the University of Ruse to study at the Technological Academy at Rezekne. An example was provided with an agreement signed between the Latvian higher school and a German university last September. The students, who graduate the Master degree course receive a German and a Latvian Diploma. If the University of Ruse is interested, it could join the agreement too, said the Rector, Prof. Teyrumnieks.

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We have experience with two similar joint programmes, shared the Rector of the University of Ruse, Prof. Velizara Pencheva. One of them is established with the support of the German Rectors' Conference and is in partnership with the Academy of Economics in Bucharest, and the other is in Management of Quality and Metrology, in cooperation with Romanian and French universities.

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Prof. Pencheva suggested working out a joint programme of the scientific conferences of the two higher schools and coordinating the participation of students and lecturers in them.


 

2 February 2016, Tuesday

The University of Ruse will have new Vice Rectors in Education, Research, Development, Coordination and Continuing Education for the next four years

Vice Rectors, Directors of Branches in Silistra and Razgrad, as well as directors of Directorates, Sectors and Centres were elected on 2 February by the new Academic Council of the University of Ruse.

Prof. Plamen Kangalov, PhDEng, who was the Dean of the Agrarian and Industrial Faculty, was elected Vice Rector in Education. Another new member of the Rector's team is Prof. Diana Antonova, PhD, who was Vice Dean in Research and Personnel Development of the Faculty of Business and Management. She will be in charge of Research and Development /R&D/. Prof. Plamen Daskalov, PhDEng was elected Vice Dean in Development, Coordination and Continuing Education while preserving his position as the Director of the Centre for Continuing Education. Prof Juliana Popova, PhD continues as Vice Rector in European Integration and International Coope​ration. The Deputy Rector Valerii Gegov is also to keep his position, as well as the Secretary General – Assoc. Prof. Tanya Grozeva., PhDEng.

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The Directors of the Branches in Razgrad and Silistra remain the same – Assoc. prof. Stanka Damyanova, DSc and Assoc. prof. Temenuzhka Buhcheva, PhDEng, respectively.

The Directorate on Quality of Education will be headed by Assoc. prof. Emil Trifonov, PhD; the Research Sector – by Assoc. prof. Danko Tonev, PhDEng; the Education Sector has as a Director Assoc. prof. Valentin Stoyanov, PhDEng. The University Sport Centre will be headed by Prof. Borislav Angelov, PhDEng; the Centre for Technology Transfer – by Assoc. prof. Teodor Iliev, PhDEng; and the Centre for Intellectual Property – by Assoc. prof. Todor Delikostov, PhDEng.

Besides the personal changes, the Academic Council supported the conception of the Rector, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhDEng for the following changes in the university structure:

To improve the efficiency of student admission, a new Sector is formed with the Vice Rector in Education, called New Students Admission, with a Director – Assoc. prof. Julian Angelov, PhDEng and a coordinator – Assoc. prof. Vyarka Ronkova, PhDEng;

For the organization of Master degree programmes and Student Practice at an institutional level, in the Education Sector there will be two coordinators – Assoc. prof. Margarita Teodosieva, PhD and Prof. Todorka Stefanova, PhD, respectively.

The position Coordinator of Publishing activity will be eliminated and tis activity will be managed and controlled by the Vice rector in Education through the Director of Education Sector;

There will be a Coordinator of PhD students, who will have the responsibility of organizing the admission and training of PhD students, and the information support of the work with them. This person will also be the Head of the PhD Centre. This position will be occupied by Assoc. prof. Galina Ivanova, PhD.

The Bulgarian and Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre, the International Students Directorate, the Centre for Information and Computer Services and the remaining Centres will preserve their current Directors.


 


 

Project  „Contemporary Methods for Training and Education Activities in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies"

Contract BG04-04-05-02-07

Project  „Contemporary Methods for Training and Education Activities in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies"is funded within the frames of Programme BG04 under the financial mechanism  of the European economic space 2009-2014.


 

The main goal of the project is to contribute to the successful implementation of the various financial instruments, directed to reducing energy consumption, increasing energy efficiency (ЕЕ) and sustainable development of energy production from renewable energy sources (RES).

The project target groups include:

- municipal and government officials from the Municipalities in the Danube regions;

- energy managers;

- experts;

- power engineers;

- individuals dealing with development of plans and projects on energy efficiency;

- individuals, performing audits.

The project team includes:

-  distinguished lecturers from the University of Ruse„Angel Kanchev" in the fields of ЕЕ and RES;

- Eminent specialists form the company „Enkon Services" Ltd, specializing in the fields of EE and RES.

The duration of the project is from November 2015 to April 2016, with three types of activities:

-training;

- consultancy;

- visualization and publicity


 

Training will be held in the Municipalities of Vidin, Vratsa, Montana, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Svishtov, Ruse, Razgrad, Tutrakan, Silistra and Dobrich. It is planned to conduct training of 300 municipal, regional and other officers, responsible for implementing measures for EE and RES. The topics covered, each with 6 academic hour duration include:

1) Energy management in buildings;

2) Energy standards;

3) Developing plans in accordance with the national legislature and the respective EU directives, related to measures in buildings;

4) Reporting  the implementation of the action plans;

5) Possible measures for EE and RES in public transport;

6) Foundation of energy audits;

7) Contracts for energy efficiency;

8) Legislature in the field of energy efficiency and energy from RES;

9) Best practices concerning measures for energy efficiency of buildings;

10) Best practices concerning measures for using RES in buildings;

11) Solving case studies.


 

Consultancy activities of municipal, regional and other institutions' staff responsible for implementing measures for EE and RES includes:

- Providing consultancy services during the training;

- Providing distance consultancy service via e-mail and Skype, as well as scheduled consultancy;

- Providing specific consultations when solving more complex case studies.

It is envisaged to review, summarize and publish information, concerning current municipal plans and projects in the cities where training is conducted;

Publicity and visualization of the project according to a plan, including:

- Press releases;

- Information days in the cities of Razgrad, Silistra, Ruse and Montana;

- Providing  wide media coverage of the project activities.

For more information about the goals, participants, team and project activities visit our web site at:

http://eere.eu/

 

For contacts with the team you can use the information on the site:

http://eere.eu/index.php/bg/contacts

 

or to write directly to:

contacts@eere.eu

 

Date: 18 January 2016, Monday

 

International forum Innovations and creativity for life" gathered students from 7 European universities at the University of Ruse

 

The Faculty of Public Health and Health Care of the University of Ruse is hosting the international forum „Innovations and creativity for life". 54 students and 14 lecturers from universities in Belgium, Denmark, Lithuania, Finland and Great Britain will be sharing experience in the course of one week in Ruse.


 

The training is interdisciplinary and young people studying occupational therapy, computer sciences, business and information technologies, social work, engineering take part in it. The methods used by the forum participants has been developed by a team from the University of Olu, Finland. The lecturers have prepared interactive workshops, where students design and make an object with practical application, using available materials.

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The module „Innovations and creativity for life" started in 2014, as an intensive Erasmus programme. Taking part in it, the students work in an intercultural environment and get the opportunity to find realization in the professional field of their choice of study. On the other hand, they acquire valuable experience in cooperation with colleagues from other countries and update their practical skills for working with people with disabilities.

The international forum „Innovations and creativity for life" will continue until 23 January and is held in room 2,203 from 9.00 to 16.30. On 19 January, the organisers from the degree programme "Occupational therapy" will organize "An Evening of Cultures", where participants from different countries will demonstrate specific customs. On 21 January, Thursday, at 17:30 in room 2.203, the hosts from Bulgaria will show some of the traditional rites of Babinden (the mid-wife's day).

 

Date: 12 January 2016, Tuesday

 

Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD is the new Rector of the University of Ruse

For the first time in the history of the higher school a woman takes the highest executive position


 

With 138 votes Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD was elected the Rector of the University of Ruse for the 2016-2019 mandate. For the first time in its 70-year history the higher school will be governed by a woman. Until now Prof. Pencheva was Vice rector on Development, coordination and continuous education at the University of Ruse.

 „I realize that it will not be easy and the responsibility is extremely high, but I am certain that together we will achieve more success", said Prof.Pencheva minutes after the results of the voting were released.


 

At the General Assembly's meeting 261 representatives of the academic community cast their vote.

The new Chairperson of the General Assembly is COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, who garnered 212 votes, and his deputy is Assoc. Prof. Anelia Manukova with 241 votes. The Chairperson of the Control Council in the new mandate is Prof. Vladimir Hvarchilkov, who was elected to this position with 219 votes. The members of the General Assembly of the University of Ruse also decided that the new Academic Council will consist of 45 members and the Control Council – 11.


In the beginning of the meeting, the former Rector, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev reported the activities during his second mandate, focusing on the growth of the academic staff, deepening the international cooperation, the visibility of the university and the renovation of facilities.


 


 


 

The four candidates for the leading position, Prof. Mihail Iliev, PhD, Prof. Rossen Ivanov, PhD, Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD and Prof. Krasimir Enimanev, DSc presented their platforms and answered to questions from the audience, related to the future of the higher school.


 

The voting continued an hour and a half and each attendant had to make four votes – one for the Rector, one for the Chairperson of the General Assembly,DSc.

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Date: 8 January 2016, Friday

The Center for Education of the Third Age organized a meeting on the topic of Bread and Wine

More than 80 representatives of pensioners' clubs from the Union of Pensioners Ruse – 2004 gathered in Kaneff Centre for a meeting on the topic of Bread and Wine, organized by the Centre for Education of the Third Age (CETA) with the University of Ruse.


 

Professor Nikolay Mihajlov, Director of the Centre, greeted all the participants and expressed his satisfaction with the joint work of the Centre and the Union of Pensioners on several European projects.


 

Assoc. prof. Emilia Velikova made a presentation on the results of the activities of CETA during 2015, and Assoc. Prof. Yoana Ruseva informed the attendants of the proposal by German partners for participation in a new European project with a working title "Tastes of Danube". This Danube project wants to motivate people of all generations, ethnic groups, social and educational backgrounds to take part. The focus is not only to enhance mutual knowledge and to find out more about traditions and values common to all countries. The focus is also to exchange experience and to meet – in real life as on the internet by pictures, skype, and videos. The participants get the chance to become acquainted to each other within a country or across the borders. Additionally, they get the possibility to create something as a team – an experience that fills the idea of an European identity with life. Finally, Milena Popova talked about the opportunities for training in 2016.


 

After the official part and the report on the Centre's activities, representatives of the pensioners' clubs displayed ritual breads and home-made wines, made by their members. The exhibition was also a competition. The jury, formed by representatives of the two organisations, found it hard to rank the exhibits, but after a serious debate, they picked the winner in the category "Ritual Christmas Breads" the pensioners' club in Sredna kula. The prize for home-made wines went to pensioners' club No.1.


 

The meeting continued with informal talks between the participants and tasting of the exhibits.