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VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" proposed new training model

Smart future for education in Bulgaria


    At its quarter-century anniversary, Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" launched the beginning of an entirely new training model which corresponds to the needs of the modern world. Instead of making a retrospective of the achievements, the team of the university chose to look ahead to the future launching a unique for Bulgaria virtual learning platform. The name "Smart Future" implies successful education reform. And its content is a web version of the duality training in which students virtually have access to scientific knowledge in all spheres, a connection with world scientists and the opportunity to learn from the invaluable experience of leading entrepreneurs and international experts. In this model, the lecturer is the moderator. He/She helps students to select the sea of virtual ​​information, to think and offer their concepts instead of waiting ready solutions or swotting lectures. "The goal is to put an end to the talking heads in the lecture theatres because in today's reality education should form qualities and skills for new jobs. It should not simply adapt to the changes in the global world but to lead them," summed up the President of VFU, Prof. Anna Nedyalkova, D.Sc.

    "Smart Future" is a response to the serious problem with which Bulgaria is struggling –graduates unprepared for the labour market. 40% of the graduates in the country are now starting their first job in positions intended for secondary school graduates and few are employed for the specialty for which they were trained. Technology development presupposes another trend in which education must quickly come up. According to international and Bulgarian forecasts only in 20 years uneducated and unskilled people will simply have no place in the labour market.This became clear during the discussion "Inequality and Education - Global Trends and Prospects" with which Varna Free University gave an official start of "Smart Future." It included the Deputy Prime Minister, Ivaylo Kalfin, the Minister of Regional Development, Lilyana Pavlova, Li Jin - President of Shanghai University Sanda, with which VFU exchange students, Vladimir Cochin, executive director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Prof. Antonio Amado from the University of La Coruna, the financier Martin Paev. The audience also heard the comments and suggestions of over 300 participants from 28 countries from around the world collected for two months in the virtual forum - lecturers, students, scientists, experts, entrepreneurs and representatives of state, local and judiciary.



    They outlined different aspects of the problem – from the social status because of which in the developed countries parents save to invest 100,000 dollars in their children’s education, whereas the education in the developing countries costs only $ 400, to the risks for the Old World, determined by melting away the drive of the economy - the middle class. It became clear that in Russia and Bulgaria the places at the universities are more than the secondary school graduates and the secondary vocational education has been in crash in the last 26 years. In Spain the crisis has led to an outflow of candidates for higher education. "They do not see a chance for a career in the diploma, therefore we must conform education to the reality," said Prof. Amado.

    "Although we are born in different environments and with different capabilities, education has to be a cause for every family. But this can happen only if the state establish it as a national priority," said the Chairman of the Varna Court of Appeal, Vanuhi Arakelyan.

    "We should not forget creativity," said the former President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Lazar Gruev and gave Einstein as an example, who was expelled from school for refusing to swot, and shortly after he had not been admitted at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich, published his great theory of relativity.  



    "For those who know where they are going, any wind is favorable", said in a video the student of VFU, Anani Yankov. His story was a great example of overcoming social inequalities in access to education. He had grown up in orphanages, worked as a circus performer. With hard work Anani succeeded in fulfilling his dream, impossible for a lot of young people in his situation - to study architecture. He won a scholarship that covers fees.

    "Bulgaria needs educated young people to stay in the country, turning it into a wonderful place to live. Because even if we make the best roads, the most important thing is to prevent young and educated people to go far from Bulgaria. I want to assure you of my personal will and the will of the government to support education," promised Minister Lilyana Pavlova, who is a graduate of VFU. She congratulated the academic management that for a quarter of a century, the university has expanded and adapted its specialties to the needs of business and the state, that it is oriented to the new and modern.       

    And one of its bearers received the prestigious title of VFU. 40-year-old creator and organizer of the events Webit, Plamen Rusev became the youngest "Doctor Honoris Causa" of the University. The charismatic entrepreneur got a title for his quest to provide an environment for the development of young people in the digital economy. Rusev is among the donors of "Smart Future" after giving a large amount of video resources for the revolutionary educational platform.



Source: Daniela Farhi, Trud newspaper

by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър