The new academic year was inaugurated with an official ceremony for the Bulgarian students at Varna Medical University yesterday. Over 3500 students from 34 countries will be trained at the University during the academic 2013-2014.
After a solemn liturgy the Rector of Varna Medical University Prof. Krasimir Ivanov MD, PhD delivered his welcome speech in which the data and the facts once again confirmed that Varna Medical University is one of the most dynamically developing universities in Bulgaria. During the past academic year the university won 34 projects a total of 6 million (BNG) in the field of human resources development, infrastructure, new forms of training and scientific research. For this period, 12 professors, 18 associate professors and 5 senior assistant professors have attained an academic degree. The scientists from MU-Varna have issued and published over 630 scientific works. Prof. Ivanov emphasized that Varna Medical University maintains bilateral cooperation with 51 universities from 3 continents and its alumni live and work in over 40 countries all over the world. The University's rector mentioned about the significant investments which Varna Medical University made last year in order to renovate the students' hostels and sports facilities, modernizing the seminar rooms and hospitals as well as introducing the latest interactive methods of teaching. Prof. Ivanov assured the students that they chose the best place for their training.
The first-year students with the highest entrance results in the specialties of medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy and healthcare management congratulated their colleagues on the occasion of the opening of the new academic year and laid the traditional ''Oath". With the ritual of sixth-course students dressing the freshmen in white coats the students joined the guild of the medical and healthcare professionals.
Among the official guests were the Minister of Education and Science Prof. Aneliya Klisarova, the Rectors of Varna Medical University Prof. Dimitar Kamburov and Prof. Temelko Temelkov, the District Governor Ivan Velikov, the Deputy Mayor of the city of Varna Dr. Lydia Marinova, the Executive Director of the University Hospital "St. Marina" – Varna Prof. Zhaneta Georgieva, Members of Parliament from the District of Varna, Chairmen of regional professional organisations, directors and managers of the health establishment, etc. Greetings to the Rector, the teachers and the students were sent by Minister Dr. Tanya Andreeva, Mr. Sergei Stanishev , the Chairmen of the Bulgarian pharmaceutical union Prof. Ilko Getov, the Rector of the University of Architecture, Civil engineering and Geodesy and the Chairman of the National Representation of the Students' Councils in Bulgaria.
The official ceremony for the academic year 2013-2014 for the foreign students of Varna Medical University will be held on 30th September 2013 (Monday).