23rd Student Conference by the Department of International Economic Relations

Thirty participants from three Bulgarian and four foreign universities gathered on 20 April 2019 at the training and recreation base "Prof. Dr. Minko Rusenov" in the village of Oreshak for the 23rd Annual Student Conference of the Department of International Economic Relations at Dimitar A. Tsenov Academy of Economics in Svishtov. 

Under the already established name "Global and Regional Dimensions of International Economic Relations", bachelor and doctoral students presented papers in the 5 thematic areas of the conference. For the fifth consecutive year, the moderators were lecturers from the Department of International Economic Relations at the Tsenov Academy of Economics -Svishtov, the Department of Economics at Angel Kanchev University of Ruse and the Department of International Economic Relations at the University of Economics - Varna.

Assoc. Prof. Galina Zaharieva, PhD, Head of the Department in Svishtov officially opened the conference. Assoc. Prof. Zaharieva welcomed the participants for the courage to devote themselves to science and wished to all а fruitful exchange of experience. Assoc. Prof. Georgi Marinov, PhD, Head of the Department at the University of Economics - Varna, and the representative of the Department of Economics at the University of Ruse, Head Assist. Daniela Ilieva, PhD also expressed their gratitude to the students and voiced their satisfaction with the continuing tradition of cooperation and the opportunities for sharing ideas.

The forum continued with work in two sections. In the first section the moderators Assoc. Prof. Veselina Dimitrova, PhD (Varna University), Head Assist. Daniela Ilieva, PhD (Ruse University), Assoc. Prof. Dragomir Iliev, PhD and Head Assist. Ivaylo Petrov (Academy in Svishtov) saw six reports on topics concerning International Investment, International Tourism and International Marketing. The following were discussed: the trade war between the USA and China; the economic well-being of the Danube region after Bulgaria's accession to the European Union; the problems of Bulgarian tourism; the relevance of the Uppsala model to acquiring knowledge in a globally-created company; innovation in bio-pharmacy and socio-cultural environment in international marketing and advertising.

Nine reports on International economic crises and International integration and trade saw the moderators in the second section: Assoc. Prof. Georgi Marinov, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Valentina Makni, PhD and Head Assist. Alexander Shivarov, PhD from the University of Economics - Varna, and Assoc. Prof. Galina Zaharieva, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Zdravko Lyubenov, PhD, Head Assist. Simeon Momchev, PhD, Head Assist. Yordan Neikov, PhD, Head Assist. Nikolay Andreev, PhD and Assist. Ivan Angelov, PhD from the Academy in Svishtov. Presentations dealt with: gold as an investment and its development on the international financial market; foreign direct investment in Ukraine; theories and application of FDI; the impact of the 2007 financial crisis on the generations; the integration of Bulgaria into the European single market for goods and services; Bulgaria's EU membership as a strategy for international integration and optimized commercial positioning; the problems of the digital economy; features of the harmonization of financial statements; the concentration of ownership in the corporate sector.

In this section, five foreign students on Erasmus+ mobility in Svishtov for the summer semester of 2019 showed results from their research  - students from the Kyiv National Economic University and Vasyl` Stus Donetsk National University (Ukraine), the Rostov State University of Economics (Russia) and the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (Armenia). The working languages used at the conference were Bulgarian, English and Russian.

At the closing of the scientific forum, students received certificates verifying their participation, signed by the heads of the organizing departments.

The cultural program included a walk through the architectural and historical reserve Varosha in Lovech, visits to the Troyan Monastery, the Baba Stana neighborhood in the village of Oreshak, a mineral pool in the village of Chiflik, to Kakrinsko hanche and Devetashka cave.

On the evening of April 20, 2019, the long awaited turned traditional MIO Evening of Talent 2019 was held - the part of the cultural program in which all participants are challenged to show their creative talent. The enthusiastic audience was treated with theatrical reconstruction of seminar sessions from a student perspective, stand-up comedy show, Bulgarian folk dance (horo), recitation of a favorite poem, international group performance of the Duck dance. For the first time, the so-called Roast Show was recreated: an exchange of humorous attacks between two participants in order to "roast" their rival and make laugh to the audience - who was not spared from the sarcasm of the contestants.

The reviewed papers from the scientific forum will be published in electronic format at dlib.uni-svishtov.bg and on the conference website mioconference.eu.