The Vice President Iliana Yotova paid an official visit to the Affiliate of Medical University – Varna in Shumen. She met lecturers and students and shared her impressions in front of the University TV. "Very few higher education institutions can boast of such facilities in the country, of such an ambitious team of lecturers and University management, of such curious and intelligent young people, who I hope will stay and work in Bulgaria, and I personally will do everything possible so that here they can make their dreams come true."
At the meeting, students and lecturers discussed the reduction of the government subsidy for medical students. The Vice President said that the removal of medical specialties from the list of priorities for the country was inadmissible and promised her support for repealing the new rules.
"Our University has been developing at a very fast pace. It is innovative, high-tech, with ambitions of being a leader in education. At Affiliate Shumen we are training nurses and midwives - these are professions in very high demand, especially over the recent years. At the same time the staff shortage is increasing, the crisis is deepening, and if in the best European practices the doctor-nurse ratio is 1:2 or 1:3, in Bulgaria it is at the critical minimum level", said the Director of the Affiliate Prof. Sonya Toncheva.
Iliana Yotova got acquainted with the training facilities at the Shumen Affiliate of MU-Varna, which has been training future midwives and nurses across the country for the second year.
Finally, she urged the students, "Make a gift to your country through choosing to stay and work here!"