About VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar"

Assoc. Prof. Maria Kardzhieva, PhD received the Bearer of Education Award 2017


On 26 June, 2017, in Hall 42 of the National Palace of Culture, the awards of the National Competition "Bearers of Education 2017" were presented. The event is organized for the fifth consecutive year by the National Representation of Student Councils.

Assoc. Prof. Maria Kardzhieva, PhD, lecturer at the Department of Arts of Varna Free University was awarded in the category for overall contribution in the field of Bulgarian culture - "They - The Bearers  of Education 2017".



The nomination was proposed by the Student Council of VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar":

Maria Kardzhieva is a director of studies of students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in choreography. She is the author of a number of publications, monographs and creative portraits in the field of folk performing art. In 2017, under her guidance, the Academic Dance Theater of Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar" was awarded a certificate of achievement and an honorary plaque at the Second National Student Folklore Festival entitled "Friendship Meetings".

She is part of the artistic and organizational team of the Festive Concert on the occasion of the National Holiday of Bulgaria – 3 March held in Hall 1 of the Festival and Congress Center Varna, where she participated as a director.

The Academic Dance Theater, with which she is engaged, is one of the distinguishing features of Varna Free University, embodying the respect for the traditions and the innovative enthusiasm in the presentation of the magic of the Bulgarian folk dance. The bearers of education are precisely those people who are not always in the spotlight, they simply teach patriotism.



On behalf of Assoc. Prof. Kardzhieva the award was received by representatives of the student community of Varna Free University - Kiril Stoyanov and Sali Svetoslavov. Thanks for the honour to receive the "Bearer of Education" Award from the student community in Bulgaria. A prize, which is respect and a huge responsibility for me, is said in the acknowledgement letter from Assoc. Prof. Kardzhieva onthe occasion of awarding the prize. I sincerely regret that at the moment I can not be with all of you but I am glad that the first contact of the prize will be with the hands of a young person, representative of Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar".

Yes, we are "They" - the people near you, but you predestinate our life path. Each of you ignite in my soul a spark of their youth and energy and makes me vital for the next generations thirsty for science and art. I also thank the Academic Management of Varna Free University for creating a small oasis of art education in which the folk performing art develops through the creativity of the talented students, Kardzhieva writes in his letter.

The Competition "Bearers of Education 2017" aims to collect, display and promote the positive events, ideas, messages and personalities in Bulgaria that are related to the development and the better future of Bulgarian culture, education and science. 



Its aim is to show that in modern Bulgaria - in the digital age, in the European Union, even in the conditions of economic crisis, social difficulties and challenges, the enlightenment spirit and enlightenment ideas are still alive - in their modern, varied, progressive, even bizarre forms sometimes. The competition has its mission to show that Bulgarian students have the senses and skills to discover all around themselves and within themselves who are the bearers of education today and in the future.

The competition is held under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Science.



In the category for overall contribution to Bulgarian culture, "They – Bearers of Education 2017" Awards were presented to the Rector of the University of Economics - Varna, Prof. Plamen Iliev, PhD, the Deputy Rector of the University of Food Technologies - Prof. Eng. Yordanka Alexieva, PhD and the lecturers at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts - Prof. Polina Kuyumdzhieva and Prof. Yulian Kuyumdzhiev. Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia Municipality, was given the special award in this category.



The winners in the "Photo" category are: 3rd place - Rositsa Dencheva - St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, 2nd place - Nikolay Boichev - Vasil Levski National Military University and 1st place - Plamena Grandzhan - National Military University Vasil Levski. Winner of the twitter-message category is Ivanka Ladzhova-Dimitrova of the Higher School of Telecommunications and Posts in Sofia.

In the category "Short essay" were awarded: 3rd place - Aleksandra Klechorova from the Southwest University Neofit Rilski, 2nd place - Zhana Koleva from the Thracian University - Stara Zagora and 1st place - Tsvetelina Mitova from the Southwest University "Neofit Rilski" The winner in the category "I – Bearer of Education 2017" is the Student Council of the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy.



Among the officials who attended the event were Prof. Lyuben Totev - Chairman of the Council of Rectors, Ms Irena Sokolova - District Governor of Pernik District, Ms. Snezhana Dukova - Member of the 44th National Assembly.


by ВСУ Черноризец Храбър