First International Staff Week at the University of Economics - Varna

The solemn opening of the First International Staff Week at the University of Economics - Varna took place today, June 17, 2019.

Vice Rector for Internationalization Assoc. Prof. Radan Miryanov, as well as the institutional coordinator of Erasmus + Assoc. Prof. Alexandar Shivarov and the Head of International Cooperation Evgeni Raychev gave the speech and officially opened the week.

The week is devoted to strengthening the existing contacts with selected experts and coordinators from the International Departments, creating new connections and exchanging ideas for the Erasmus+ cooperation. Within the forthcoming international week, seminars, awareness-raising events and potential partnerships esteblishment, as well as a cultural program will take place. Participants will have unique possibility to share and exchange opinions and ideas. We are thrilled to see how this week will contribute to Erasmus+ programme worldwide.

 

Day 2. Crash Course in Bulgarian, the Workshop The Ideal Orientation Week for Incoming Exchange Students and the City Tour.

The second day of the International Week has begun with the group photo of the participants and the organisers. 

The day continued with the Crash Course in Bulgarian Language. Participants learned common phrases, like: How are you? (Kak si?) Hello! (Zdravei!) My name's ... (Az se kazvam ... ), etc. After that the traditional Bulgarian dance Horo was taught. 

It was followed by a Workshop: The Ideal Orientation Week for Incoming Exchange Students. It was moderated by Chief Assist. Prof. Aleksandar Shivarov, PhD, Institutional Erasmus+ Coordinator, UE-Varna and Chief Assist. Prof. Petar Petrov, PhD, UE-Varna.

Day 3. Workshop: How to Organize Successful Studies for Mibility Students, Trip to Kaliakra Cape and Aladzha Monastery.

The day has begun with a small coffee break with some tasty Bulgarian sweets and coffee (Bulgarians are among top 3 biggest coffee drinkers in Europe). It was followed by a Workshop: How to Organize Successful Studies for Mobility Students. Rebecca-Clara Raulea, PhD, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania and Chief Assist. Prof. Vanya Kraleva, PhD, UE-Varna were the moderaters. 

The day continued with an amazing trip to Aladzha Monastery and Kaliakra Cape.

Day 4. Workshop: Erasmus+ Internships - Challenges and Risks, Free Time to explore Varna city and surroundings.

The first part of "Workshop: Erasmus+ Internships - Challenges and Risks" was moderated by Goritsa Vasileva - Erasmus+ Coordinator and Aleksandar Stoychev PhD Student and a former IRO coordinator. Goritsa and Aleksandar shared their experience of working with students and organizing their internship experience.

The second part of the Workshop was moderated by Zhenya Petrova - HR Manager at iCard and Roumen Yankov - Training and Recruitment Specialist at iCard. Zhenya and Roumen shed light onto Erasmus+ Internships from the side of receiving institution. iCard employees shared their view on risks and challenges of Erasmus+ internships in a world-wide known companies.

Day 5. Excursion in Old Varna Museum, Closing Session and Closing Ceremony.

The final day of the First International Staff Week at the University of Economics - Varna closed in an authentic Varna venue. The building of the Old Varna Museum represents the history of Varna throughout its 118 years lifespan.

 

That's how the participants evaluated our First International Staff Week:

  • “It was one of the best Staff Weeks I’ve ever taken part in. Great organization!”

  • “I think it was good balance between workshops and cultural programme. The excursions were very well-organized and really interesting.”

  • “Cape Kaliakra was unforgettable. Thank you.”

  • “It was more than perfect, very informative and interesting.”

  • “Amazing Staff Week, excellent job!”

  • “Thank you for everything. You are the perfect International Office team.”

  •  “The best of out of seven Staff Weeks I’ve attended. Even more, as it is the first Staff Week this university organizes.  I think the International Office should be really proud of their colleagues because they have done an amazing job organizing this week. “

  • “Thank you for this adventure.”