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.

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.

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.

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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.

 

19 November, Thursday, 2015

Lecture of a Nobel Prize winner and cooperation with Israeli universities and colleges were discussed and approved with Her Excellency Ambassador Irit Lillian during her visit to the University of Ruse


 

​Lecture of a Nobel Prize winner and cooperation with Israeli universities and colleges were discussed and approved by the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev and the Ambassador of Israel in Bulgaria, Her Excellency Ms. Irit Lillian. During the discussions between the diplomat and the academic body of governance, the Rector introduced the research fields which the University of Ruse is developing, the education process and the facilities. Her Excellency was impressed by the newly opened interactive exposition, presenting the growth of the higher school during the seventy years of its development.  


 


 

COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev proposed cooperation with Israeli higher schools for joint research and participation in international conferences.

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In her turn, Her Excellency presented the educational system in her country. Israel has 9 state universities and a number of colleges, which train students in various bachelor and master degree programmes, but few of them prepare PhD students for research. Most of the colleges are with narrow profiles. According to Ms. Lillian, the academic and research exchange between the two countries, Bulgaria and Israel, has a bigger potential than the reality at present and the cooperation should aim at the inclusion of young generation.


The establishment of start-ups in the Israeli universities is a know-how, a means of attracting more funds in them; it develops the students creative thinking and encourages entrepreneurship, shared Her Excellency Lillian.

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Ms. Irit Lillian invited the Rector of the University of Ruse to participate in the visit of Bulgarian Rectors to Israel for initial meetings with representatives of Israeli universities. The visit is organized by the Israeli Embassy.

It is expected that next year the University of Ruse will welcome the Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry for 2011, prof. Dan Shehtman. He is a lecturer at the University of Haifa and is one of the gurus of innovations worldwide. Thirty years ago he started to introduce entrepreneurship as a subject to be taught to the youngest students. Given that, Prof Shehtman can share his experience with students both from engineering faculties and from humanitarian and education faculties, stated Her Exc. Lillian.


 

The Rector presented to Her Excellency Anniversary Plaque of the University of Ruse and an information package, which should help her in her choice of Israeli universities for partners of the Ruse higher school.


 


 

Over 500 Bulgarian and International guests attended the 70ieth Anniversary Assembly in the University of Ruse


 

 

Over 500 Bulgarian and International guests attended the 70ieth Anniversary Assembly in the University of Ruse on 12 November in Kaneff Centre.


 

Among the official guests were the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of labour and social policy, Ivaylo Kalfin, Vice-minister of education, prof. Nikolay Denkov, PhD, Vice-minister of Economics, Daniela Vezieva, the Governor of Ruse Region, Assoc.prof. Stefko Burdjiev, PhD, the Vice Mayor of Ruse, Strahil Karapchanski, PhD, His Eminence Metropolitan of Ruse Naum. Among the guests were also the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Bunyan Saptomo, the Ambassador of Palestine, His Excellency Ahmed Al Madbuch, the delegation of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China and the Confucius Institute, the Head of Department of Science in the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr. Jorg Schenk, DHC bearers, Rectors of Bulgarian and International Higher Schools, Principals of schools, Managers of businesses and NGOs.

 

 

 

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of labour and social policy, Ivaylo Kalfin, declared that the University of Ruse can not only be proud of its impressive history, but also appear as one of the most active, advanced and innovative universities in Bulgaria. „The University in Ruse is an example of both national and international scope for a Bulgarian university that provides high quality education", added Mr. Kalfin.

 

On behalf of the President of Bulgaria, Assoc. prof. Martin Ivanov, a secretary on culture and national identity, conferred a congratulatory address. „The University of Ruse is ever more successfully setting high educational standards on a national and international level, following the best world practices. Thanks to the partnership with established European Universities, you were successful in setting up joint programmes and dual diplomas, thus making the University an indelible part of the European educational and research space" – can be read in the address of the President, Mr. Rosen Plevneliev.

 

On behalf of the German CHC of our University, Mr. Jorg Schenk, Head of the Department of Science in the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Sofia, read a congratulatory address, which conveyed the following: „Mrs. Federal Chancellor Merkel sends you her warmest greetings and cordial wishes, and she regrets not being able to attend the events personally. She accepts her being awarded the title Honorary Doctor as 'a commission to continue ever more ardently to strengthen the idea for European unification', together with our Bulgarian partners."

 

In a video address to the audience, the European MP Maria Gabriel invited students with honours from the faculties and branches of the University of Ruse to visit her in Brussels.

Official greetings were extended also by the Chairperson of the International Commission of Agricultural Engineers, Prof. Mikio Umeda, the Chairperson of the Council of Rectors in Bulgaria, and Rector of the Medical Academy in Sofia, Prof. Vanyo Mitev, PhD, Rectors of international universities – partners of the University of Ruse, The regional Governor of Ruse Region, Assoc. prof. Stefko Burdjiev, PhD, the Vice-Mayor of Ruse Municipality Strahil Karapchanski, PhD, His Eminence the Metropoliten of Ruse Naum, the Executive Manager of Siemens-Bulgaria, Boryana Manolova, PhD.

The Rector, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev was conferred a Plaque of the Ministry of Education and Culture and a Plaque "Ruse". In his turn he conferred the honorary guests an Anniversary Plaque of the University of Ruse. The same Plaque was presented to the former Rectors Prof. Mityu Kanev , Prof. Atanas Mitkov and Assoc. prof. Marko Tododrov.

​The evening ended with a concert of the orchestra of the Ruse Opera with solo voices by Orlin Goranov and Maria Tsvetkova. The audience was enchanted by the performance of Krisia. This was a moving present for the academic community of the University of Ruse on this solemn day.​


 

Round Table with University of Ruse DRC holders and Rector's Reception were among the highlights of the celebrations dedicated to the 70ieth Anniversary of the University


 

The Round Table with the University of Ruse DRC holders marked a special accent in the celebrations dedicated to the 70ieth Anniversary of the University. Prof. Mityu Kanev, Prof. Atanas Mitkov, Acad. Ivan Radev, Prof. Sonya Rouve-Uvalieva, Dr. Reinhardt Bauermaeister, Prof. Samuel Refetov, Pro. Vladimir Krotchko, Prof. Valentin Nedeff, Prof. Arthur Schpeer were deeply moved by the wonderful presentation, which reminded them of the ceremonies for conferring the honorary title Doctor Honoris Causa to each of them. The presentation included all DHC holders of the University.

 

In his opening address, the Rector, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, thanked each of them for their active cooperation with the University of Ruse, for the help and support in the research initiatives, for expanding the cooperation with academic and cultural organizations. In the non-formal discussions that followed the presentation, each of the gests shared their positive impressions and their vision for the future development of the Ruse higher school.

 

Immediately after this meeting the honorary doctors joined the special reception of the Rector where over 70 Greeting Addresses and presents were given by government, diplomatic, academic and business institutions, as well as high schools. Among them were the Embassy of Indonesia in Bulgaria, The Confucius Institute and the Embassy of the China People's Republic, the Embassy of Palestine, the Embassy of Ukraine, the Diplomatic Mission of Kazakhstan.


 

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Greeting addresses were also conferred by the Ministry of Education and Science, the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, the Ministry of Healthcare, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works. Over 50 of the addresses were from Bulgarian and International universities.

 

Besides the greeting addresses, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev received an honorary sign for contributions to BAS, a Plate of the Diplomatic Institute with the MEA. The National Branch Syndicate „Higher Education and Science "with KNSB declared that the Rector will be granted the prize "Rector of 2015" at a special ceremony in Sofia.

All institutions that presented their addresses, received from the Rector a Jubilee Plate of the University of Ruse.​


 

SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING EE&AE 2015​​​


 

On 11 November 2015 at the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev" was opened the VI International Scientific Conference on Energy Efficiency and Agricultural Engineering, organized by the Society for Engineering and research in Plant Growing (ERA),  in cooperation with the IV Section of the International Commission in Agricultural Engineering and Biosystems CIGR, EurAgEng, Association of Agricultural Machinery in Southeastern Europe, the Federation of the scientific Unions  - Ruse and the University of Ruse.


 

Sponsors of the forum were Siemens Bulgaria Ltd, SPECTRUM Ltd, ATE PLAST Ltd, LUBRICA Ltd, ADAX-RIBCHEVY Ltd, NETBOX Ltd, EL Ltd, INVEST BUILDING SILISTRA Ltd, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC BULGARIA SA, VALtronic Ltd, Winery "Rainoff & Sons" Nisovo, POLYTECHHIM, TO- NTS – Ruse, BERUS Ltd, ELSTART Ltd, MASTER Ltd, YORIS-EL Ltd, KROL TRANS Ltd, MUNICIPALITY ENERGY AGENCY RUSE, and ELTRONIC Ltd.


 

 

At the opening of the conference, the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev noted that the focus of the conference is to encourage the exchange of results from scientific research and ideas, as well as their practical application in terms of energy efficiency and RES in plant growing, with the aim to create professional contact between scientists from different countries for a joint participation on various international educational and research projects.


 

Prof. Mihailov noted that over 100 research papers had been published in the Conference Proceedings (compared to 80 in 2013) written by scientists from Great Britain, France, Russia, Poland, Slovakia, Serbia, Japan, Turkey and Romania.

This year's Conference coincides with the 70ieth Anniversary of the University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev".


 


 

22 October 2015, Thursday

​  The Annual Meeting of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) started at the University of Ruse.

Special greetings to the forum extended by the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivaylo Kalfin

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The Annual Meeting of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) started in KANEFF Centre today. In the year when the University notes the 70ieth year since its establishment, ENOTHE celebrates its 20ieth Anniversary. A special guest of the forum was the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivaylo Kalfin.

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The Network's President, Brian Ellingham, presented its development through the years. „The occupational therapy education is the connection between the medical practice and the needs of the patients as citizens. The role of the occupational therapists is to make the life of their clients more fulfilling after they have survived various traumas and illnesses" – noted he in his speech during the opening of the forum.

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The Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, greeted the participants and reminded them about the "pioneering" role of the higher school in establishing and promoting occupational therapy as higher academic qualification and profession. The Bachelor degree programme in Occupational Therapy started at the University of Ruse in 2006, and since 2013 there is also a Master degree course.

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„The profession of occupational therapists will become one of the most popular in ulgaria very soon" – said during the opening ceremony the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivaylo Kalfin. He encouraged the participants to share all they had seen and learned in their practice, so that the care for disadvantaged people is identical in the different European countries.

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„When 20 years ago I went to the first meeting of the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education in Prague, I started dreaming that our University will host such an event one day. Today my dream came true", shared with the guests in KANEFF Centre the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Health Care, Assoc. Prof. Liliya Todorova. The experience we have gained, the support of the academic management and the colleagues from ENOTHE have given us the confidence to agree to host a forum of this dimension, added Assoc. prof. Todorova.

During the three day meeting, 113 lecturers and 130 students, representing 63 higher schools from 20 European countries, as well as Canada, will be sharing experiences and good practices. 


 


 


 

1 October 2015, Thursday 

Mobile application, developed by a student from the University of Ruse stops phone ads 

The student from the University of Ruse Sava Georgiev has developed a free application for blocking phone ads, for the Android operation system. For just one month "Block This! - FREE" has had nearly 100 000 downloads from Google Play and enjoys great interest from users. At the moment it is the only truly running application of this type.

"Block This! - FREE" stops not only ads in the browser but also in all other applications in your phone. It uses a technology, called "DNS blocking", applied by large companies and educational institutions for added security or for limiting the access to information of given Internet users.

The application is relatively secure, claims its author, Sava Georgiev, because the servers he uses are from the largest hosting companyin Europe – OVH. Unlike other similar developments "Block This! - FREE" does not store any personal information about its users.

press121_Sava Georgiev.jpgAbout the author:

Sava Georgiev has been living in Germany for five years and working as a programmer in one of the big German media companies – CHIP. He is a part-time third-year student in the Computer science degree programme. „Although I have already established myself as a professional programmer, the education at the university of Ruse is helping me a lot to acquire sound foundation and filling the gaps in my theoretical knowledge. Besides the theoretical knowledge that the lecturers provide, they also manage to make connection with the business and practice in the IT sector in Bulgaria. In my opinion, this motivates the students to develop and to acquire a solid foundation for their future professional growth", says Sava Georgiev. 

The development of "Block This! - FREE" has taken four months before reaching the users in its final version. The idea for its public application came after the author has been using it personally and as a response to the lack of a solid solution of the problem with blocking ads I the Android based mobile devices. 

Information about the application:

Name: "Block This! - FREE"

Author: Sava Georgiev

Official website: https://block-this.com

Link Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.savageorgiev.blockthis

Personal website: http://savageorgiev.com

 


 

Date: 18 September, 2015

Thank you letter from the Rector of the University of Technology in Can Tho, Vietnam

Dear Rector, Prof. DSc Hristo Beloev,

 I am writing to thank for the warm reception extended to me and the
delegates of Cantho People’s Committee during our visit to University of
Ruse “Angle Kanchev” on the first of September 2015.

Thank you for your careful organizing the ceremony of signing the framework
agreements between two universities. We are urging to complete the
procedures for getting the allowance from the Ministry of Education and
Training to carry out the contents of the framework agreements signed as
soon as possible.

I am expecting your visit to Cantho city in near future. Hope to see you
again at Cantho University of Technology.
 Yours sincerely,

Duong Thai Cong, Ph.D,  Rector

 


 

Date: 1 September 2015, Tuesday

The University of Ruse and Can Tho University of Technology will conduct joint research

Exchange of students and lecturers, training in joint degree programmes, joint research and participation in conferences are the fields of cooperation between the University of Ruse and the University of Technology in Can Tho, Vietnam. Today, the Rectors of the two higher schools, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev and Duong Thai Cong, signed a memorandum for cooperation.


 

A delegation from Vietnam, led by the Deputy Chairperson of the People's Committee of the city of Can Tho, Ms. Vo Thi Hoang Anh had a meeting with the academic management of the University of Ruse. Among the participants w​ere representatives of various Departments in the administration of the city of Can Tho, the director of the oncological hospital in the Vietnamese city, representatives of the Department of Health and the Department of Investments and Planning. During the talks the guests were acquainted with the opportunities for education in the various degree programmes in the University of Ruse.


 

„We identified as most important areas of cooperation education and research", said Ms.  Vo Thi Hoang Anh. On his behalf, the Rector of the University of Technology in Can Tho, Duong Thai Cong declared that his colleagues will direct their efforts to preparing joint programmes of education both for students and workers since at the moment, in the cities from the Me Kong delta are living 17 million people.  


 

The Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev , reviewed the cooperation between the higher school and different institutions in Vietnam. In the period between 1978 and 1995, 330 citizens of Vietnam studied Bulgarian language in Ruse. 90 of them graduated here in 8 different degree programmes. The biggest number of Vietnamese students graduated in the degree programme of Agricultural Machinery – 57, reported COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev. After the changes in 1989 the number of Vietnamese students has plunged dramatically, but since 2007, there has been active work on recovering the contacts, commented the Rector as well. As a result from this work, three citizens of Vietnam defended their dissertation theses at the University of Ruse.


 

The cooperation between the higher schools in Ruse and Can Tho was also viewed in the context of the forthcoming international conference Danube – Me Kong, which will be held in June 2016 at the University of Ruse.


 


 

At the end of the meeting, the Deputy Chairperson of the People's Committee of the city of Can Tho, Ms. Vo Thi Hoang Anh and the Rector of the University of Technology in Can Tho, Duong Thai Cong, were awarded the crystal sign of the University of Ruse. They also conferred protocol gifts – a picture made of rice and the sign of Can Tho city, with a dragon.


 


 

Date: 1 September 2015, Tuesday

World experts in the field of otorhinology are coming to a conference in the University of Ruse

The Bulgarian otorhinology society organized in Ruse an Autumn Scientific Conference: International School of Rhinoplasty and the Fourth Bulgarian-Italian meeting of otorhinologists. The opening is on 3rd September 2015, Thursday at 12:30 in Kaneff Centre of the University of Ruse.

The forums are held jointly with the Faculty of Public Health and Healthcare of the University of Ruse and with the support of Educational Palette Society – Ruse, Rustchuk Foundation and the National Society of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. The events are under the Some of the patronage of the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev.

Some of the most influential names in the field of otorhinology will be among the guest lecturers: Prof. Dr. Metin Onergi (president of the World Otorhinology Societies), Prof. Dr. Pietro Palma (President of the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery), Prof. Dr. David Sherris (from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, the USA, winner of international awards for his contribution to otorhinology), Prof. Dr. Hideyuki Kauauci (Honorary Chairperson of the Japanese Otorhinology Society), Prof. Dr.Jose Patrocinio (facial plastic surgeon from Brazil); Prof. Dr. Hassan Ramadan (a renowned child otorhinologist with a number of patents and publications), etc.

Participants from 12 countries will get involved in the two forums: Nigeria, Italy, Belarus, the Republic of Crimea, Afghanistan, Algeria, Great Britain, Albania, Macedonia, Yemen, Austria and Georgia. These are the largest scope scientific events organized by Bulgarian Otorhinology Society, so far.

During the International School of Rhinoplasty and the Fourth Bulgarian-Italian meeting of otorhinologists, the participants will have the chance to get acquainted with the novelties and to master the advanced surgery techniques for diseases of the nose and sinuses, as well as to share the Bulgarian achievements in this field.

During the Conference a Bilateral Agreement for Cooperation between the Bulgarian Rhinology Association and the Japanese Rhinology Society will be signed. The cooperation will involve joint exchange of ENT specialists from the two countries, practical activities, specialisations of young researchers, etc.


 


 

Date: 9 July 2015, Wednesday

​The Ambassador of Germany His Excellency Detlef Lingeman will honour the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the University of Ruse

The Ambassador of Germany, His Excellency Detlef Lingeman visited the University of Ruse and was informed about the terms of study in the higher school. During the meeting with the academic management, possibilities for partnership between German universities and companies and the University of Ruse were discussed. The useful experience, gained since the establishment of the Bulgarian-Romanian Inter-university Europe Center (BRIE) and the contacts we have with higher schools in Germany, make us confident in our competitiveness and the education in our University is at a European level, said the Rector, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev.


 


 

The possibilities for dual education in the universities were also discussed with the diplomat. The Rector explained that the University of Ruse is participating in a project for dual education and is helping three vocational high schools methodologically in their efforts to connect education with practice, but at this stage, in Bulgaria the priority for this kind of education is related to high school education. There is no regulation for dual higher education. It is necessary the Ministry of Education to initiate changes, which will allow the students to gain practical experience in the respective companies while they are still students. A few days ago, at the university of Ruse, the President of the European Educational Foundation, prof. Wofgang Schuster, shared the German experience in dual higher education. We are ready to be partners in this endeavor, but with some clear regulations, said the Rector, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev.  In his turn, the German Ambassador declared his readiness to ask the Minister of educaton, Prof. Todor Tanev during their next meeting whether in the near future there are changes foreseen, which will allow dual higher education to be organized in Bulgaria.


 


 

The steps in dual education are still tentative, but we are confident, that there is a great potential in it, declared His Excellency Lingeman. During conversations of the Ambassador with German companies in Bulgaria, the managers shared with him that they need both specialists with higher education and excellent theoretical preparation, and people with practical skills, ready to start working in the production units. This can happen in Ruse because the University has established firm relationships with the vocational schools and the business in the region, said the Rector. 


 


 

His Excellency Detlef Lingeman was awarded a Plaque of the University of Ruse and wrote in the Book of Honour of the higher school. He accepted the invitation to participate in the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the University of Ruse in November. The diplomat accepted the invitation to give a lecture to the students of BRIE, which will be specified in the autumn.


 

Date: 8 July 2015, Wednesday

​Prof. Wolfgang Schuster presented in Ruse the practice of dual education in Germany

The President of the European Foundation for Education, Prof. Wolfgang Schuster, presented the good practices of dual education in German universities to company managers from North East Bulgaria, members of the academic community and the administration of the University of Ruse. The purpose of such education is to connect more closely education and business, to guarantee adequate match of the skills of workforce to the demands of the labour market.


 


 

Prof. Wolfgang Schuster has been the Mayor of Stuttgart, the capital of the German province of Baden Württemberg, for 17 years and he spoke about the established good practices in the relationships between the companies and the universities. The dual education started there 40 years ago and the results are more than excellent, he shared. The main drive is an agreement, signed between the educational institution and the company, where the practical part of education will be taking place. In it, all responsibilities that the student has, are listed. On their part, the students have to fulfill the assignments given to them and to be reimbursed for their labour.


 

During the three years of study, the German students are given theoretical preparation and practice in companies, participating in the programme. The theoretical preparation is carried out with textbooks and through e-learning, and at the end of each semester, the students attend practice at the companies under contract. Thus, at the end of the course, the business gets educated employees, who do not need an adaptation period.


 

Prof. Schuster proposed variants of partnerships for establishing dual education in Bulgaria. The good practices, established in Germany, cannot be applied in our country yet because of the difference in the regulations, said the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev. Despite of this, the higher school is working in close cooperation with the businesses in the region and aspires in the preparation of personnel, which is sought after and finds realization in the companies.  


 


 

Date: 3 July 2015, Friday

Two Gold Medals for Bulgaria from the Balkan Olympiad in Informatics


 

Hristo Venev and Encho Mishinev from the Bulgarian team won the gold medals from the Balkan Olympiad in Informatics, held at the University of Ruse. The third gold medal goes to Serbia and was won by Marko Stankovich.

 

7 silver and 11 bronze medals were distributed by the organisers among the best participants.

 

 

XXIII Balkan Olympiad in Informatics gathered at the University of Ruse 50 competitors from 11 страни – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Montenegro. As a host country, Bulgaria participated with two national teams, while Ruse also had its team.

It was a pleasure for us to be part of the organizing team and the host of Balkan Olympiad in Informatics, declared the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR. MEM. Prof. Hristo Beloev. He conferred the gold medals to the winners in the competition.

 

The President of the Balkan Olympic Committee in Informatics, Mile Yovanov, shared at the closing ceremony that this year’s Balkan Olympiad had turned into a competition not only between the present participants, but also one with the winners of previous years. The tasks to be solved by the 50 participants were proposed and designed by former participants in the Olympiads in informatics.

 

At the end of the ceremony, Emil Kelevedjiev, from the Institute in mathematics and informatics with the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, forwarded the flag of the Balkan Olympiad in Informatics to the representative of Cyprus, the country which will host the next Olympiade.

 

The organizer of the XXIII Balkan Olympiad in Informatics was the Ministry of Education, together with the Regional Inspectorate in Education, Ruse. Participants in the Organising Committee were also the University of Ruse, the Municipality of Ruse, “Baba Tonka” High School of Mathematics and the Union of Mathematicians in Bulgaria. The ranking of the participants is shown  here.


 

Date: 29 June 2015, Monday

 

The XXIII Balkan Olympiad in Programming is held in Ruse

The XXIII Balkan Olympiad in Programming is held in Ruse. The technical conferences and the competition are hosted by the University of Ruse.


 

Teams from 11 countries take part in the forum. There are students from Albania, Bosnia and Hertsegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Montenegro. Bulgaria is hosting the event and that is why it has two national teams and one from the host city - Ruse. The total number of participants is 50.


 

The competition is individual. The young people have 5 hours in each of the two days of the competition to solve the tasks given. The Regulations require the personal presence of each participant, who works individually on his/her computer.

The tasks for the competition have been prepared by a scientific panel from the host country. They are of algorithmic nature, like the tasks at the International Olympiad in Programming, and they require the competitors to create software programmes, realizing correct and effective algorithms. The students send the source codes of their programmes via web-based checking system. The solutions are checked by the system with a set of test data, unknown to the contestants.

The First Balkan Olympiad in Programming was held in 1993 on the initiative of Romania, which is the first host country. Every year the competition is held in a different Balkan country. It is organized by the respective Ministry of education, with the scientific support of university lecturers, NGOs and professional organisations. This year the Organising Committee is chaired by Vice-minister Vanya Kastreva.


 

At the opening ceremony she admitted that she was impressed by the synchronization between the institutions, organizing the Balkan Olympiad. Participants of the Organising Committee are the Regional Inspectorate of Education in Ruse, The University of Ruse, the Municipality of Ruse, the High School of Mathematics, and the Union of Mathematicians. At the opening ceremony, Mrs. Vanya Kastreva was awarded the Crystal sign of the University of Ruse by the Rector, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc.

On average, 10 teams, representing the Balkan countries participate in the Olympiad. They include 4 contestants, aged 17-19. All materials, tasks, results, authors' solutions, tests are published on the web-site of the competition and in a booklet.


 

The Programme of the Balkan Olympiad in Programming, the Regulations and data about the participants are published on the web-site: http://www.boi2015.uni-ruse.bg/


 

Тhe university of ruse held and international meeting and a conference in Ireland

COR MEM Prof. HRISTO BELOEV, DSc held a number of meetings in Dublin, Ireland

For nearly fifteen years the University of Ruse has initiated and coordinated European Thematic Networks in the field of computing. Annually, in the capitals of different countries meetings of network members and conferences on computer systems and technologies, as well as e-learning. The host university books accommodation and provides rooms for the meetings and conferences, but their organisation starts and ends in Ruse.

On 23rd June a group of lecturers from the University of Ruse, led by the Rector, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc landed at Dublin Airport. On the next day, in one of the largest universities in the Irish capital – DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY, the Rector opened the third meeting of the European Thematic Network members “THE FUTURE EDUCATION IN COMPUTING. HOW TO SUPPORT LEARNING AT ANY TIME AND PLACE“. Sixty-seven universities and companies from 35 European countries are members of the Network. The Project TOPIC is in full harmony with the initiative of the European Commission for OPENING OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM THROUGH NEW TECHNOLOGIES, and providing opportunities for EVERYBODY to study at ANY TIME and PLACE with the help of EVERY lecturer and EVERY end devicecomputer, laptop, tablet or SMART phone.

The participants in the meeting were greeted by the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Prof. Barry McMullin, as well as by the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ireland, His Excellency Branimir Zaimov.

In his presentation, the Project Coordinator, Prof. Angel Smrikarov emphasized that concerning the adaptation of the educational system to the digital generation through the application of new educational technologies, the University of Ruse had long ago left the group of the “timid” innovators, and after a short stay in the group of the “moderate” innovators, it is now in the group of the “brave” ones.

On 25th June, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc opened the 16th International Scientific Conference on COMPUTER SYSTEMS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES CompSysTech’15. Plenary reports were given by Prof. Jaroslav Pokorny from Prague University, The Czech Republic, Prof. Valeri Marinov from the State University of Dakota, USA and Prof. Rory O’Connor from Dublin City University. Scientists from many countries presented over 50 papers in 3 sections. The Rector awarded the most interesting papers with the crystal prize THE BEST PAPER, which is a trade mark of the University of Ruse. The Conference was held under the auspices of the World Association of Computer machinery. The papers presented at the Conference are published in the virtual library of this organisation and indexed by SCOPUS. Five copies of the Proceedings are sent to the Library of Congress of the USA.

Within the frames of the International meeting of the European Thematic Network and the International Conference CompSysTech15, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc held meetings with the Management of the Dublin City University, outlining the directions of future cooperation. The leaders of the host- University were awarded the Crystal sign of the University of Ruse.

The Rector held a number of meetings with representatives of partner universities and institutions from over 30 countries, participating in the international meeting and conference.

COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc and the Vice Rectors of the University – Prof. Velizara Pencheva, PhD, Prof. Juliana Popova, PhD and Prof. Angel Smrikarov, PhD – held meetings with the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ireland, His Excellency Branimir Zaimov. COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc distinguished the Ambassador with a Plaque of the University of Ruse.

The next meeting will be held in Berlin. The Rector, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DSc has already sent an invitation to the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel – Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Ruse.


 

 

The participants in the Third meeting of the European Thematic Network

 

Meetings with the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ireland, His Excellency Branimir Zaimov


 

 

Meetings with the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ireland, His Excellency Branimir Zaimov


 

 

Opening of the sixteenth International Scientific Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies CompSysTech’15

 

 

Opening of the sixteenth International Scientific Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies CompSysTech’15

 

Opening of the sixteenth International Scientific Conference on Computer Systems and Technologies CompSysTech’15

 

Awarding Prof. McMullin, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computing of Dublin City University with the Crystal sign of the University of Ruse


 


 

Students from Kazakhstan conduct internship at the University of Ruse


 

21 students, studying in the Master degree programmeThermal and Electric Powerin the Kazakh National Agrarian University in Almaty, are conducting their summer internship at the University of Ruse. The internship programme is realized under an agreement between the two higher schools and is managed by Prof. Plamen Daskalov, PhD, Director of the Centre for Continuing Education.

 

In the course of 10 days, the students from KAZAKHSTAN study: the Eplan Electric P8 platform, the structure of the automated control systems in thermal power plants; analysis of the productivity and efficiency of wind and solar power plants. Leading lecturers from the University of Ruse – prof. Iliya Iliev, PhD, prof. Plamen Daskalov, PhD, assoc. prof. Tsvetelina Georgieva, PhD, assoc. prof. Krasimir Martev, PhD, assoc. prof. Margaritka Filipova, and assoc. prof. Miroslav Mihailov – conduct the training. The internship curriculum includes lectures, labs and industrial practice at the Thermal Power Plant in Ruse and the Regional laboratory of the Environmental Inspectorate in Ruse.

 

Today, 15 June, the students are having a practical class in Pet kladenci village, Byala municipality, where they will see and learn about the structure and operation of the wind turbine built there. They will visit the photovoltaic plant near the village of Cherven, Ruse region. Their programme includes also a visit to the Medieval fortress of Cherven, the Bassarbovo Rock-hewn Monastery and the National historical and archeological reserve Madara”. 

The students have excellent impressions from Bulgaria and have declared interest in continuing their education in master or PhD Programmes at the University of Ruse.


 


 

The University of Ruse will host the fifth international forum Danube – Mekong in 2016

The fourth meeting from the structured dialogue Asia – Europe, dedicated to sustainable development was held on 4th and 5th June in Ben Che, Vietnam, with the active participation of the University of Ruse. The specific topic, discussed by nearly 200 delegates from the public, private and non-government sector, was related to water management and was based on the experience of the countries from the Danube region and the Mekong river region.  

 

The meeting was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Pam Bin Min and Deputy Ministers of Laos, Romania and Bulgaria. The working part of the seminar was organized in three plenary sessions. Prof. Ekaterina Bachvarova from the Bulgarian Academy of Science spoke about the role of science in the prevention of water calamities and water management. COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc and Assoc. Prof. Mimi Kornazheva, presented a paper on the added value of the University of Ruse to the development of the Danube region, emphasizing the project activities in the Bulgarian – Romanian cross-border region.

 

 

At the end of the seminar, the Rector of the University of Ruse, COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc invited the participants in the seminar on his behalf and on behalf of the Mayor of Ruse, Mr. Plamen Stoilov, to join the fifth forum, which will be held in Bulgaria. Ruse was designated as the host city and Kaneff Centre of the University of Ruse – as the venue of the forum. An attractive part of the invitation was the video clip “Ruse – city of free spirit. More.

 

Date: 9 June 2015, Tuesday

Cooperation between the cities of Ruse and Can Tho discussed at a work meeting in Vietnam

COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc– Rector of the University of Ruse and Assoc. Prof. Mimi Kornazheva participated in the fourth International forum- seminarEurope-Asia“, which involves the countries from the basins of the Danube and Mekong rivers. The event was held in Ben Che, located on the Mekong delta in Vietnam.

Representatives of the city of Can Tho also took part in the forum. A memorandum for cooperation between this city and the city of Ruse was signed on 5th June 2015 in Sofia.

In the same day, 5th June, a Bulgarian delegation in Vietnam discussed several topics with representatives of institutions from the host country. The Rector of the University was authorized in advance by the Mayor of Ruse, Mr. Plamen Stoilov, to hold a meeting with the representatives of Can Tho. The Bulgarian group included COR MEM Prof. Hristo Beloev, DTSc– Rector of the University of Ruse and Assoc. Prof. Mimi Kornazheva, Director BRIE, Ruse, Dr. Oleg Marinov, Sales representative of Bulgaria in Ho Chi Minh city, Mrs. Marinela Petkova, Consul of Bulgaria in Hanoi, MRS. Vera Monova, Directorate “Asia, Australia and Oceaniaof the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The participants from Vietnam were: Mrs. Vo Thi Hong Ann, first Vice Chairperson of the People’s Committee of Can Tho (first deputy Mayor), Mr. Pham Van Kuen, Director of the Department of Agriculture and Rural regions Development, Mr. Nguen Van Su, Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Mr. Tiong Kouk Tang, Director of the Department for Department of International Activity.

 


 During the two-hour meeting, Prof. Beloev presented information about the city of Ruse and the University while Mrs. Vo Thi Hing Ann and her colleagues – the Vietnamese city of Can Tho. More.