About VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar"

Varna Free University - a flying start in the educational market for 2017/2018

The interest of young people to receive education at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" was prompted by the link between the educational process and the needs of business and labour market at home and abroad


Prof. Galya Gercheva, D.Sc. is Rector of Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar". She took her Master's degree in psychology at St. Petersburg State University; doctor of psychological science, professor of psychology. She is a member of the Association of Psychologists and the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria. She works in the field of cognitive and educational psychology and the psychology of interpersonal communications. She is the author of numerous monographs, textbooks on psychology, scientific articles and papers from participation in national and international conferences.


VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar" is one of the few Bulgarian universities that offer the most innovative and sought after in the labor market specialties. The admissions of students for the academic year 2017/2018 have already started, what's new?


Yes, that is true, the admissions campaign has already begun. Exams are taken on schedule every month. For the academic year 2017/2018 Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" offers 20 accredited Bachelor’s degree programmes. Three of them are new to the academic profile of the university - Digital Economy, Marketing, Advertising and PR and Fashion Design.They are in line with the dynamically changing environment and attitudes for professional development of young people. The specialty of Digital Economy, for example, provides knowledge, skills and competences of future employees who will purse a career in the interdisciplinary field of economy and information technology. It is focused on the development of open markets, the implementation of pro-innovative policy and the development of the key role of the green economy.    


This year, two Bachelor’s degree programmes in cooperation with BI Norwegian Business School are to be implemented. It is one of the largest universities in Norway that offer training in economics and administration. The training is intended to be conducted in the programmes of International Relations and Finance and Accounting and will be entirely in English, as in the fourth year students will have the opportunity to study in Norway. An international team of lecturers and experts have been formed to conduct the training in the programmes and the students will receive two diplomas. Complete information to apply for these programmes has been published on the website of the university.


Varna Free University prefers to regard foreign universities not as competitors but as partners. The idea is the university to establish itself as an educational partnership model worldwide. Erasmus + is a great chance for education in this direction. Late last year, the project of Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" 2015-1-BG01-KA107-014079 designed for mobility of students and staff between the programme and partner countries was highly appreciated and was awarded the mark and quality certificate of the Centre for Development of Human Resources.


International partnerships are not new to the university; they are among the priority directions for development and a good opportunity for our students to gain additional knowledge and experience. Every year the number of the implemented mobility activites of lecturers, students and administrative staff increases. Besides the traditionally good partnerships with European universities, over the past year we have also received students from China. In late February we expect the first Moroccan students.


The number of foreign PhD students in the 29 doctoral programmes of the university is more than 100.

What is new in our work is the growing attention we give to the formation and development of digital skills. They are an important part in the process of effective learning, creative thinking and innovative and committed behaviour since they change the approaches and teaching methods in the educational environment.

How do you stimulate young people to choose Varna Free University for their studies?

The university has developed and implemented a system for personal monitoring and support of outstanding students. It aims to stimulate their participation in scientific, educational and entrepreneurial projects. The system provides at the earliest stage of training selection, incentives and assistance to students with potentially accelerated development in entrepreneurship and research, for their development as leaders in socio-economic and scientific spheres.


There are many options that we offer for additional funding of the training. The university participates in the programme "Student scholarships and prizes." The information campaign of the scholarship programme of Varna Free University "I will Learn and Succeed in Bulgaria." is ongoing. Every year, the programme enables secondary school graduates who finish their education with honours to participate in an essay contest on the topic of "I will Learn and Succeed in Bulgaria." The first 20 of them can start training in chosen by them specialty with a scholarship covering 100% of the annual fee for the first year.


Part of our successful partnership with secondary schools and vocational schools includes not only work with secondary education students and admissions but further training courses for teachers as well as our new Master’s degree programme of Education Management in which we  work successfully with the representatives of the school management teams.


Master's degree programmes at Varna Free University provide a wide range of opportunities in different fields of business administration and political life. They are suitable for people who wish to expand their knowledge acquired during the training in the Bachelor's degree and for businesses and entrepreneurs who wish to certify their professional skills acquired into practice.

Young people who are interested in receiving their education at Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" were prompted by the link between the educational process and the needs of business and labour market at home and abroad. The meaning of modernization of higher education is precisely in this triangle - education, science, business. Usually, the responsibility is transferred from the field of business into the field of education and vice versa, but the truth is that we need to team up, because we are inextricably linked. We look at the relationship between education and business as a conscious partnership.


Representatives not only of Bulgarian business but world-class scientists and experts are actively involved in the teaching process. 

Of special importance to training is also the internship programmes designed to give a good professional basis of our students even before completion of their studies.

The University is actively involved in the project "Student Placements" in which the number of registered students of VFU exceeds 900.


You're a psychologist, in your opinion, what is the reason for the increased interest of young people to the specialty of Psychology?


Indeed, the specialty of Psychology is one of the most sought after by young people. The reasons for this are several. It is often said that psychology is a science with a long past and a short history because the problems it studies had been examined back in the school of Ancient Greece and psychology as a science arose only in 1879, when German scientist Wilhelm Wundt established the first laboratory of experimental psychology.


The interest in psychology is not new. It is traditionally high because people in general are curious and everyone wants to learn more about themselves – about their thoughts, feelings and behaviour.


Another reason for this interest lies in the complexities of the modern world where young people have a need for stable points of reference. Psychology meets this need by providing a lot of knowledge and opportunity to develop psychological skills – about the interaction with the others, about what happens to people when they are in a group and they have to adapt, to manage it and even to leave it ...


Many young people are interested also in what is the impact of modern information and communication technologies on mental development and on human relationships.Another reason for the interest lies in the fact that young people are about to start a family to raise and educate children and here psychology can also help to successfully go the hard way of parenthood.

by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър