The second partner meeting of the Open Mind project just finished. It was hosted by the Faculty of Management, University of Lodz. 
During the last six months the project partnership has elaborated the massive online course in social entrepreneurship and the gamified platform, and in the next 6 months the content will be translated, adapted and a team of 60 mentors will be trained to implement it. The partners gathered for their second project meeting in Lodz, Poland, to discuss the foreseen activities in detail and plan the work for the next months among which is the launch of the platform in November, when it will be piloted in the five countries – Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Romania and UK.
 

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The Open Mind adventure started!

Open Mind is an Erasmus+ project, which aims at promoting Social Entrepreneurship to female learners and students from non-business studies through an innovative gamified open online course.

Despite the positive impact that social enterprises have on the economy and society in general, currently the majority of entrepreneurship courses are offered in business and economic studies, so in fact most students have no possibility of taking part in entrepreneurial courses and programs. Eurostat and GEM data show that two-thirds of young people and women in EU believe they do not have the knowledge or skills to start a business, which is one of the most significant barriers to business creation. Investing in entrepreneurship education is one of the highest return investments Europe can make, the Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2020 stresses. This requires the transversal competences, required in social entrepreneurship to become mainstream – not only for students in business studies, but also for those in humanities, arts, sciences and technologies.

To address these challenges, 8 organizations from 5 European countries will jointly develop and pilot an innovative gamified open online course in social entrepreneurship for women and students from non-business studies. The initiative involves: VUZF University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Business Foundation for Education, D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics and the technological company 11235 Ltd from Bulgaria; Institute of Entrepreneurship Development in Greece, University of Lodz, Poland, University Titu Maioerescu, Romania and the University of Sheffield, UK.

Open Mind Kick-off meeting in Athens (22 November 2016)

In the next 2 years the partnership will produce 3 main intellectual outputs:

 1. Massive online open course (MOOC) "Introduction in Social Entrepreneurship" for students from diverse fields of study. It will introduce students to the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship: identify opportunity, create a business model, prepare business plan, attract investors, learn how to establish, effectively manage and communicate the activity of a social startup, etc. The course will also contain an E-book of 50 inspiring female social start-ups.

2. Innovative gamified online platform, that will use game design elements to create a highly participative and inspiring learning environment, in which students will explore business concepts and develop key entrepreneurship skills and mindset, while dealing with real cases and challenges. The platform will operate in 5 languages (EN, BG, GR, PL and RO) and will be maintained at least until 2020. 60 trainers will be trained to provide ongoing support to learners. At least 600 students will be enrolled in the course till the end of the project.

3. Impact assessment report will help outline the major outcomes of the project and attract strategic support for the initiative after the project lifetime. It will be presented during the final events in partners' countries.

Gamification is one of the latest trends in the e-learning community that uses game mechanics and characteristics like goals, missions, rules, playfulness, elements of fun, feedback, reward and promotions, applies them to solve the real-world business problem and rewards target user behaviors. Studies show the positive impact digital games and gamification have on learning: they improve self-confidence, motivation and positive engagement with learning; support the development of problem solving and social skills.

The gamification pioneer and guru Yu-kai Chou has listed the Top 10 Social Gamification Examples that will Literally Save the World. Among them are:

  • The puzzle game “Foldit” made a breakthrough in AIDS Research that scientists couldn’t solve for 15 years. With over 240,000 “players” the solution was found in 10 days. 
  • The role playing game “Pain Squad” encourages children who combat cancer to log their pains, thus providing data to doctors on the efficiency of treatment. 
  • Khan Academy enhances learning through gamified online education. The huge collection of educational videos has attracted millions of learners. 
  • Zamzee makes Kids active by making running around epic. Activity rate for children decreased by 60%, leading to obesity, diabetes or even worse diseases. 
  • CrowdRise is a platform that Gamifies charity. It attracted over 33 Million players and have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for non-profits worldwide.
  • OPower makes people responsible with their energy consumption.
  • RecycleBank encourages people to recycle by awarding points, which are redeemable for real goods. The project, backed by Al Gore, has won numerous innovation and business awards. It now has 3 Million members and over 180 employees.
  • FreeRice feeds the hungry by quizzing the intellect through the site UN World Food Programme and has donated rice, enough to feed 10 million people.

 

Stay updated to learn about the project accomplishments on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Open.Mind.Gamified.MOOC4Social.Entrepreneurship/

 

Project No: 2016-1-BG01-KA203-023754 This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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An Erasmus+ Information Day was held at the Academy of Economics under the title of, “Erasmus+: changing lives, opening minds!”

The Centre for International Cooperation and Projects (CICP) at the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics organised an information day for students from Svishtov with the purpose of presenting the Erasmus+ programme and mobility opportunities during the academic year 2015/2016. The meeting was held under the title of, “Erasmus+: changing lives, opening minds!” Participants included students from different majors and courses, the team from the CICP and departmental Erasmus coordinators.

Institutional Erasmus Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. Marusya Ivanova, PhD, introduced the scope of the programme, the partner universities and countries where students can benefit from mobility, and the advantages of taking part in mobility with regards to study or practice. She explained that students from all majors, degrees (Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate) and forms of education (full-time, part-time and distance) can apply for mobility for education in a foreign university and for placements abroad.

Students from the Academy can study in a foreign university which has concluded an inter-institutional agreement for Erasmus+ exchange with the Academy of Economics. For the current academic year, students can choose among 34 foreign universities in 15 programme countries. Outside European Union countries, there are 23 inter-institutional agreements with partner universities from the Erasmus+ programme, in 2 of which students can take part in mobility for education in the summer semester of the academic year 2015/2016.

The number of student mobilities for education and the duration of stay is determined by the Centre for the Development of Human Resources and the inter-institutional agreements concluded for the Erasmus+ programme. Currently, students from the Academy are eligible to apply for a total of 10 mobilities for education, including 8 mobilities in universities in Erasmus+ partner countries, with 2 mobilities in universities in the Russian Federation.

Current employment opportunities for practical mobilities through the Erasmus Consortium in Bulgaria are published on the official website of the Association for the Promotion of the Academic Community (APAO). Currently, students from the Academy are eligible to apply for a total of 10 practical mobility placements abroad.

Assoc. Prof. Marusya Ivanova, PhD, said that European Commission analyses indicated that the biggest barrier to students in the previous programme period was the working language in which mobility was implemented. With regard to this, a new development in the Erasmus+ programme is the opportunity to undertake online language courses in one of six languages – English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.

Participants in student mobility for education are subject to selection by the Academy. Successful applicants acquire the status of "Erasmus student", whose rights and obligations are set out in the Erasmus Student Charter and internal academic rules.

A new development for the Academy is the issuance of the Europass Mobility certificate in order to participate in mobility for practical or educational purposes.

With the help of the team at the CICP and the departmental Erasmus co-ordinators, students can choose a foreign university in which to undertake their education. For educational mobility, when choosing the appropriateness of education in the partner university, it is recommended that it should be similar to that obtained in the Academy as a set of disciplines, educational content, workload and number of credits. For practical mobility, one of the conditions is that it should match the thematic area of knowledge or the discipline studied by the student. The aim of mobility is the acquisition of practical skills in a specific discipline which could be recognised as pre-graduation practice.

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Participation in the forum, “Careers at the Hilton, 2015”

At the invitation of the General Manager of the “Hilton Sofia” Hotel – Mr. Stephan Reiter, full-time students from the Bachelor degree disciplines “Commercial Economics” and “Economics of Tourism” were participants in the “Careers at the Hilton, 2015” forum for a second consecutive year on April 29th, 2015. The main message of the initiative was that the hotel and restaurant business provides a unique opportunity for a future career for young people.

The event at the “Hilton Sofia” hotel was held in two sections. During the first section, a real working environment meeting between students and managers of departments at the hotel was held. In the second part, workshops were assembled from managers of departments and their employees in finance and HR, marketing and sales, reception, service and catering.
In front of 20 students from both Bachelor degree disciplines, the managerial team of the “Hilton Sofia” hotel presented internal standards for the activity’s organization, which are included in the conception of the hotel as part of the international chain of “Hilton” hotels. 

Participation in the “Careers at the Hilton, 2015” initiative was evaluated as beneficial for both sides – for the department managers of the hotel and for the students from the “Commercial Economics” and “Economics of Tourism”  disciplines. The department managers from the hosting hotel promoted tests for competencies, qualifications and motivation in the selection and recruitment of staff with appropriate organizational skills, communication skills and team work, and the students became acquainted with the requirements and expectations of the hotel and restaurant business, which provides a competitive advantage in the labour market.

 

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Students from the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics received training from representatives from the Chamber of Independent Appraisers in Bulgaria

A practical training session for students from the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics was held by representatives from the Chamber of Independent Appraisers in Bulgaria, from the Regional Association in Pleven-Lovech. The training session, organised by the department for “Commercial and Tourist Business”, was held for fourth-year full-time students from “Commercial Economics” and “Economics of Tourism”, and was related to the disciplines of “Business Assessment” and “Tourism Assessment” that they study. The topic of the practical session was “Problems and challenges facing business assessment in Bulgaria” and was presented by the Chairman of the Regional Association of Pleven-Lovech from the Chamber of Independent Appraisers, Krasimir Bratanov, and Zdravka Petrova, Vice-Chairman.

The lecturers clarified the main situations which required assessment – privatization; appraisals linked to the Registry Agency; assessments related to insurance etc. Being an appraiser of machinery and equipment, Krasimir Bratanov presented examples from practice related to these kinds of assessments.

Zdravka Petrova, an appraiser of real estate, commented on the specifics of appraisals in this area. The lecturers noted the problems encountered in business appraisals in Bulgaria. To get the students acquainted with the advantages of an appraiser’s profession, they explained the modules that have to be taken to pass the course for obtaining a certificate to be an appraiser.

The high level of activity shown by the students was an indicator of their interest. Within the framework of the discussions that followed they sought answers from the specialists on specific issues. Some of the inquiries from the students were related to appraisals of land, fees regarding different business appraisals and a comparison of business appraisal in practice in Bulgaria and other European countries.

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Career Days at the Tsenov Academy of Economics

At the "National Career Days 2015 - Good Career, Good Life" this year, students from the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics met "face to face" with business. The largest forum for student internships and careers in the country was held for the eighth time at the Svishtov university. The forum provided the opportunity for over 1500 students to visit the stands of the 26 participating companies and institutions from the country who represented business and public administration.

Admiring the participation of the companies represented, the Vice Rector said that 150,000 students have been educated at the university in how to successfully manage money in order to rule the world.

Svishtov students and hosts welcomed the organisers of the national career forum. The Manager of JobTiger, Svetlozar Petrov, said that this forum is held because, "business needs young people."

Students from the Academy of Economics obtained useful information and tips during the national forum from the presentations, workshops and case studies that were organized by the companies and organisations participating in the forum. Nestle Bulgaria’s presentation was entitled "Nestle needs young people in an Alliance of Youth" and JobTiger provided information on preparing a CV and cover letter and how it can "win the employer." The Hilton, Sofia, participated with a presentation entitled "Your exceptional future at the Hilton."

The NGO "Teach/Together in Class" held a training session in presentation skills where students were given practical tasks such as planning the presentation, slide preparation and analysing how to give a presentation on stage.

 

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Master's degree students from the Academy of Economics are among students granted a scholarship from the “Burov” foundation

For a consecutive year, students from the Tsenov Academy of Economics are among the approved candidates for scholarships from the Governing body of the “Atanas Burov” foundation.

Three of all fourteen Bulgarian students approved for scholarships from the foundation for the academic year 2014/2015 are Master's degree students at Svishtovs’ higher educational institution. Irina Pusheva and Pavlin Savov are students from the Master's degree programme “Accounting and Auditing in Non-Financial Enterprises”, and Hristo Hristov studies the Master's degree programme “Financial Management”.

For the three of them this is their first participation in a national contest, but they are excellent students who have participated in academic forums.

The three Svishtov students will “invest” their scholarships from the “Burov” foundation in their education for obtaining a Master's degree. Full-time students in economic disciplines in higher education institutions in our country who have at least very good (5.00) results from their education are eligible to participate in the contest for the “Burov” scholarship. The Svishtov students were selected for scholarships among a total of 100 candidates from 6 higher education institutions who were allowed to participate in the contest.

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A contest was organized by the “Customs” Agency and won by a student from the Tsenov Academy of Economics

The alumni from the Tsenov Academy of Economics won the contest for a students essay on the topic of “Customs in the European Union and the free movement of goods”, organized by the “Customs” Agency. The contest was devoted to the 135th anniversary of the Bulgarian customs administration. At the official ceremony for International Customs Day, the third-year student, Hristo Stefanov, who studies “Finance”, received his prize from the Director of the Agency, Vanyo Tanov.

The first prize in the contest was awarded to Hristo Stefanov by a committee whose members are experts from the National Training Centre and other sections from the “Customs” Agency.

The second prize in the contest was also won by an alumni from the Tsenov Academy of Economics. Her name is Dobrinka Visarieva, a fourth-year student from the speciality of “Economic and Financial Control”. Both students from Svishtov have had excellent grades during their education in the Danube town. The third prize was awarded to their colleague from the University of Economics in Varna.

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18th December – Projects from the Tsenov Academy of Economics have been approved for the competition: “Bulgarian scientific periodicals– 2014”

Two of the leading scientific periodicals issued by the Tsenov Academy of Economics – the “Narodnostopanski arhiv” journal and “Business Management” journal – have been approved and funded for the 2015 publishing year after documentation had been successfully prepared for application to the national competition for “Bulgarian scientific periodicals – 2014”, which is funded by the “Scientific Research” fund from the Ministry of Education and Science. The total value of the financial support for the two journals is 11500 leva, which covers all expenses for printing 4 issues per year in Bulgarian and in English. www.uni-svishtov.bg/NSArhiv

http://www.uni-svishtov.bg/businessmanagement/

Prepared by the Editorial Boards of the “Narodnostopanski arhiv” journal with the Chief Editor being Prof. Andrey Zahariev, PhD, and the “Business Management” journal with the Chief Editor being Prof. Lyuben Kirev, PhD, they are also the only financially supported scientific periodical issues with an economic profile in Bulgaria for the 2015 publishing year among a total of 86 project proposals approved for funding from higher education institutions, BAS institutes and publishing houses. Both journals, via the project support of the Tsenov Academy of Economics, are available for readers in a web-based environment through individual web sites in Bulgarian and in English.

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International Conference on "The Future of the Lower Danube”

The International Conference on "The Future of the Lower Danube: Regional Economic Encouragement – Inteligent Cities – New Infrastructure" was held at the Tsenov Academy of Economics. The large-scale forum was organised by the Federation of Scientific Unions, the Union of Economists in Bulgaria (UEB), the Tsenov Academy of Economics, the Government of Baden Vurtenberg – Germany, the "Konrad Adenauer" Foundation, the Association of Danube Municipalities in Bulgaria - "Danube" – and the National Cluster for Intelligent Transport and Energy Systems (NCITES) - Bulgaria. The conference was attended by guests from Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Georgia, representatives from the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDRW), governors and mayors from the Danube regions, representatives of NGOs (non-governmental organisations) and academic professors. The conference was held in parallel in English, German and Bulgarian with simultaneous translation, thanks to the excellent facilities provided by the host - the Tsenov Academy of Economics.

The international conference on regional development, located in the lower part of the river, was organised into three panel discussions - "Regional Economic Development", "Inteligent Cities" and "New Infrastructure". In separate panels the future integration of the regions along the Danube were discussed, improvement in the investment environment, the need for more economic independence for Bulgarian municipalities, the creation of a favourable environment for cooperation, and  the investment and exploitation of the potential of the regions.

In a presentation entitled "The Danube Strategy of the European Union: preconditions and development prospects", Peter Langer said the "Blue Danube" should build treatment plants along the river. Tamara Kuleva from MRDPW presented the Operational Programme "Regions in Growth" and development opportunities for the Lower Danube. The Commercial Director of the Dutch company, Martine Claver, commented on the project realised in South Bulgaria for "Innovative green technologies: a project for the production of biogas from animal waste" which she said is suitable for agricultural regions near the Lower Danube. Prof. Wolfgang Kuhnel, PhD from Switzerland spoke about "Passive houses in a Inteligent city" and engineer Dimitar Ivanov presented the "Concept and objectives of the National Cluster: Intelligent transport systems in cities."

From the Academy of Economics, Prof. Andrey Zahariev, PhD, gave a presentation entitled "The state and prospects of the infrastructure in Danube municipalities" where he justified the need for priority public and private investments in order to overcome the shortage of transport options in the Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube River.

At the closing session, participants in the international conference discussed and adopted the "Charter for the accelerated and sustainable development of the regions of the Lower Danube"/” Charter for the development of the Lower Danube". In this document the conviction was expressed that regional integration along the Danube is a prerequisite for the implementation of a uniform policy for economic growth.

 

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A roundtable on "Higher education and business in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy" was held

A roundtable on "Higher education and business in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy" at the Tsenov Academy of Economics gathered together teachers, students and representatives from practice. The forum was one of the last events organised under the project "New skills for a successful career for students from the Tsenov Academy of Economics”. Among the guests were Professor Lyuben Kirev, PhD – the Vice-Rector of the Tsenov Academy of Economics and head of the project, the Mayor of Svishtov, Stanislav Blagov, Tomcho Tomov – the Head of the National Competence Assessment Center for the Bulgarian Industrial Association, Lyudmil Yordanov – the Deputy Head of Customs, Svishtov, directors from various institutions, business executives, and experts from practice.

In conclusion, the head of the National Competence Assessment Center for the BIA indicated that the Academy of Economics is a great example of working in unity, and that the project has played an important role in changing minds. Tomov thanked all the experts, teachers and students who were present, the project team and wished the realisation of new joint initiatives success.

Each roundtable participant received a project compendium called "Higher education and business in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy". In almost 400 pages, the work of students, teachers and professionals from practice are presented in three main areas - "Innovative approaches to business education," "Educational products in economics, administration and management", and "Business involvement in the learning process - partnership models ".

 

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The Tsenov Academy of Economics had the highest valuation in Europe

The Tsenov Academy of Economics was among the participants in the Graduate Barometer 2014 – European Edition, the most widespread survey for career, education and employers in Europe. 305 590 students from 914 educational institutions in 24 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain and North Ireland, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Hungary, Finland, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden) participated in this years’ edition of the survey.

In the survey, in which anonymity is guaranteed, students are asked about the level of satisfaction regarding education in the respective university and for their adjustments and expectations concerning their future professional realisation.

Удовлетвореност на студентите от университетската дейност

Показатели
Европа
България
Стопанска академия
Качество на преподаване
71,80%
74,90%
90,70%
Съдържание и структура на следването
70,00%
69,70%
83,30%
Академична репутация на университета
74,90%
77,80%
84,00%
Репутация на университета сред работодателите
67,70%
65,90%
89,80%
Практическа насоченост на образованието
53,50%
52,50%
55,60%
Качество на университетското оборудване
76,20%
79,90%
89,60%
Достъпност и готовност за помощ на преподавателите
68,60%
73,90%
90,90%
Контакти на университета с фирми
52,80%
43,70%
62,50%
Съдействие при планиране на професионална реализация
42,10%
43,60%
54,20%
Обхват и качество на студентските дейности/студентския живот
64,40%
69,90%
87,20%
Административни услуги
53,70%
57,60%
84,20%
ИТ-инфраструктура
62,20%
71,00%
81,00%
По-ниска месечна издръжка в града на следване
56,50%
57,70%
83,30%

The questionnaire survey covers a large number of key indicators in which the satisfaction of students with university activity is evaluated. Each one of these indicators has a corresponding percentage which is associated with a score on a scale from “poor” to “excellent”. According to the indicator for effectiveness in the survey, the Tsenov Academy of Economics obtained an “excellent” score from a large section of these, and as a percentage, the results from the Svishtov Higher School are higher in comparison with those for Bulgaria and Europe.

On basis of the indicators, the students from the Tsenov Academy evaluated their satisfaction with the university’s activity in Svishtov via a seven point scale (1- very satisfied, 7 – very unsatisfied) with a value of 2.5. Thus overall satisfaction with education at the Tsenov Academy registered a higher value compared to corresponding results for Bulgaria (3.0) and Europe (2.8).

 

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A traditional autumn exhibition-bazaar of Russian and Western scientific literature

For a consecutive year, the traditional autumn exhibition-bazaar presented a rich collection of new translations of Russian and Western scientific literature to the academic community in Svishtov.  The exhibition was organised by the Academic Library "Acad. Nikola Mihov” at the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics and the official representative of the Russian Academy of Sciences for Bulgaria.

The 19th consecutive exhibition-bazaar of new scientific literature was opened by the Vice Rector of the Academy – Prof. Lyuben Kirev Ph.D. In his welcome address to the organisers and to professors and students, he described the attendees as "reading and thinking" people. In his words, without the books the transition to a "knowledge economy", in which knowledge is becoming a major source of raw materials, a major factor and main product of production, would never happen.

The “book lovers" that attended the event were welcomed by the Director of the Academic Library – Anka Taneva – who stressed that books are the spiritual pillar of people who are brought up to appreciate them.

This year's exhibition-bazaar presented over 1200 titles in Russian and English from different areas of knowledge. Part of the students and lecturers who were present benefited immediately from the ability to derive knowledge from the written word by buying themselves new scientific literature.

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An International Scientific Conference on the theme of "Social sciences and economics (interaction and perspectives on cooperation)”

An International Scientific Conference on the theme of  "Social sciences and economics (interaction and perspectives on cooperation)” was held at the D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics and was organised by the departments of  History, Philosophy and Sociology, and Law and Ecology at the Faculty of Industrial and Commercial Business.

108 reports were produced for the international scientific forum by 116 authors from 9 countries. The conference was organised in order to create opportunities for scientific events and to enable contact for the establishment of future cooperation between researchers and specialists from social sciences and economics, provoking the exchange of creative ideas and the generation of new knowledge, and creating synchronisation between the development of theory and the needs of contemporary practice.

Via a multimedia presentation, the congratulatory address was presented by Prof.  Galina Silaste Ph.D., Head of the Department of Theoretical Sociology from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation. The importance of the connection between social sciences and economics and the mapping of fields of interaction and perspectives was stressed in the speech given by Assoc. Prof. Nicoletta Mihaleva Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophical Sciences at the University of Economics, Varna. She expressed her conviction that "the great advantage of any democratic society is primarily the high quality of education".

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15 years Academy of Economics training remote masters from around the world

Learning about learning from the masters in the Tsenov Academy of Economics exists since 1999. In the 15 years since the establishment of the Centre for Distance Education through this educational technology of the 21st century Svishtov university has enabled over 22,000 students in graduate degree (ACS) "Master". Only in 2013 the system for distance learning Business Academy are registered logins of 114 countries on all continents of the world.

Its leadership in the market of electronic and distance education products for the degree "Master" in Bulgaria, the innovative design of the Academy of Economics to study remote sensing preserved by continuous development. In order to respond more fully to the specific needs of the students and is in line with current highly dynamic conditions of life in the admission of students for the upcoming academic 2014/2015, in Svishtov Academy provided flexible technology application and training in remote sensing. Prospective students can choose from more than 100 prestigious graduate programs in regular and distance in professional fields "Economy" and "Administration and Management".

The new degree program, which is to be made ​​the first entry in the upcoming academic year is "Consulting in management and administration." One of the new programs "Financial Management" (Financial Management in English), which was launched two years ago, attracting more and more attention of those who wish to complete their degree "Master" in the Academy of Economics.

Among the most popular graduate programs is the "Financial Management" where instruction is in Bulgarian and programs "Bank Management", "Commercial Management", "Accounting and auditing financial enterprises", "currency and customs fiscal control."

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Karate at the Economics Academy, trained by masters from Japan

Graduates from the D. A. Academy of Economics who are members of the sports karate club "Academic" participated in this training camp, which was attended by five Japanese instructors and the Vice-President of the World Federation of Kyokushin Kan - Foucault-Tsuoshi Kancho Hiroshige (8th Dan).

The international summer camp, which was again held in the resort complex 'Kamchiya', had participants of around 700 fighters from Japan, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Serbia and Bulgaria. The JCC from the "Academic" club involved 12 players led by senpai Mitko Bozhanov (1st Dan).

According to the coach of the Svishtov students, participating in this week-long training programme has enabled trainees to master the important technical elements of Kyokushin and the subtleties of this difficult style of karate.

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Students from the Tsenov Academy of Economics – the best young economists in Bulgaria

Students from the Tsenov Academy of Economics won first places in the 10th  “Young Economist – 2014” national competition organised by the Union of Economists in Bulgaria. This years’ anniversary edition of the competition was held under the title "The Voice of Youth for a Strong Economy," and the topic of the essay was "Green Economics  - Opportunities and Challenges".

In the contest, which aimed to provoke thought and exploratory research in young people, almost 100 pupils, students and PhD students from Bulgarian and European universities, and also young enterpreneurs, took part in finding answers to the important issues surrounding the transition to a green economy in Bulgaria.

The authors presented their ideas, positions and views on the challenges and opportunities on green economics individually or in a group.

Winners from the “students” category were Silviya Sasheva and Teodora Viliyanova in their third year at the Tsenov Academy of Economics, studying the discipline of Finance. They achieved first place for team development. Also taking first place in the ranking was an essay from a group of students from the University of National and World Economy and the University of Economics, Varna. Second in the competition was a graduate from Aston University, Birmingham, and third place was taken by a student from the University of Economics, Varna.

Among the guests at the awards ceremony for the winners from the “Young Economists – 2014” contest were the members of the Governing Council of the Union of Economists in Bulgaria and representatives from academic governing bodies from economics universities.

The Tsenov Academy of Economics was awarded with an honorary diploma by the Union of Economists in Bulgaria for merit and contribution to the development and growth of the national “Young Economists” competition. 

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The new European Erasmus+ programme was presented at the Tsenov Academy of Economics

A training seminar on the new European programme,  "Erasmus +",  was held at the Tsenov Academy of Economics. The Centre for International Cooperation and Projects (CICP) at the Svishtov University presented new elements of the programme to the departmental Erasmus coordinators, which will be launched next year. The Tsenov Academy of Economics is now a university-partner in the new European programme.

The Erasmus charter received is for the period 2014-2020 and entitles the Academy of Economics to conduct all types of mobilities related to higher education, and also to take part in joint international projects within the framework of Erasmus+.

The programme extends the range of countries involved, which increases opportunities for students, teachers and administrative staff to undertake the chosen mobility.

Besides the member states of the European Union, among the countries participating in the programme are Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. Monitoring the implementation of the programme will be accomplished through an electronic platform accessible for the National Agency - "Human Resources Development Centre" - and the European Commission.

In addition to presenting the new points in "Erasmus +", changes to the curriculum for individual students during their mobility in a foreign university (Learning Agreement) were also discussed in the workshop. For future changes in other documents concerning the new programme, the team at the CICP will arrange subsequent training seminars.

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