The main topic of this year’s Forum was “Partnerships for Business, Innovation and Science”. The event took place in the Medical University of Varna. Applied science and the direct impact of scientific work on people's lives, close collaboration between universities and business were the focus of the event, which took place on September 26-27.
The Forum was opened by Prof. Todorka Kostadinova – Vice Rector for International Relations and was attended with enormous interest by numerous MU-Varna students. Among the guests were 16 delegates from the Tver State Medical University in Russia, representatives of the Medical Institute for Continuous Education in Moscow, AO Foundation Research Institute in Davos, the Federal Centre of Cardiovascular Surgery in Penza, etc.
The Head of the Department for International Relations Assoc. Prof. Aneta Dokova presented an overview of the topics, goals and scope of the previous issues of the Forum. Prof. Boyko Georgiev from the AO Foundation Research Institute in Davos, known for its innovative solutions in the field of orthopedic surgery and dental medicine, presented the entire process of developing and launching a new product on the market. Dr. Preslav Penev – a PhD student shared his experience from his participation in one of the Institute’s research projects. The first training of orthopedic surgical nurses was conducted in the summer of 2019 in the framework of the partnership between the Medical University of Varna and the AO Foundation. Assoc. Prof. Velichka Andonova from the Department of Pharmaceutical Technologies acquainted the audience with the purposes and the process of developing the first university pharmaceutical product by specialists from the Medical University of Varna. Captain Todor Yotov presented the University Center for Maritime Health.
In the context of the ever more intensive development of industry, the participants of the Forum agreed on the need for close collaboration between the university and business as a prerequisite for the preparation of adequate and quality staff.