The 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Faculty of Dental Medicine was officially celebrated with a solemn General Assembly, held on 13 May 2016.
The Chairperson of the General Assembly and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine Assoc. Prof. Dr. Metodi Abadzhiev marked the beginning of the celebration.
"I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the creation of the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Varna, to all those who, with their dedicated work, with a lot of energy and desire, have contributed to its strengthening and development, so that it is now a source of pride for Medical University - Varna. I am sure you will continue to support us. I declare that we will always be your partners and allies in the name of the development of Dental Medicine in Bulgaria," said in his greeting speech the Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov.
After greeting the audience, Prof. Ivanov officially awarded a diploma of acquiring the scientific degree of Professor to the Dean Prof. Dr. Tsvetan Tonchev - the first Professor of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at MU-Varna.
The event was attended by representatives of all universities and institutions in the field of Dental Medicine. An emotional greeting was presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at MU-Sofia Prof. Dr. Ivan Filchev. The Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at MU-Plovdiv Prof. Dr. Hristina Lalabonova congratulated the hosts on behalf of the entire academic management of the Faculty, headed by the Dean Prof. Dr. Georgi Todorov. A representative of the Bulgarian Dental Association was Dr. Silvia Dimitrova - Deputy Chairperson of the Board.
Together with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vasil Sveshtarov - the first Dean of FDM in Varna, Prof. Tonchev outlined the development of the Faculty since its establishment until now, highlighting the most important facets in its history. Chronologically, in analytical form, they outlined the trends in the development of the most modern structure for Dental Medicine training in Bulgaria. The emphasis was placed on staff development – 16 dissertation theses have been defended, more than 20 lecturers have been habilitated, 36 Assistant Professors from the academic staff of the Faculty have acquired specialty in the field of Dental Medicine over the past ten years. "What I have just presented to you is a process, and these are the results of our work at present. New habilitations and PhD defenses are underway, so the picture will be totally different in a couple of months only," said Prof. Tonchev. Special attention was paid to the latest technology in the field of teaching and practical training of students. The country's first University Medico-Dental Center and 3D Technology Dental Laboratory were created, which are cutting edge achievements in Dental Medicine, enabling the Faculty graduates to be competitive in their career development. The student activities over the past period, including a variety of initiatives and participations at national and international scientific forums, were presented at the end. "The young people, our students - they are the future of our Faculty", ended his presentation Prof. Tonchev.
Dedication and love of science and the continuity in delivering knowledge were the focus of the event. The speech of Dr. Kalina Georgieva - a dental students, holder of Faculty Number 1 and a current Assistant Professor at the Department of Prosthetic Dental Medicine at the Faculty, expressed the same feelings of inspiration.
As a token of gratitude, the Dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine awarded honorary plaquettes to the guests who have contributed to the creation and development of the Faculty.
Among the official guests were Mr. Kosta Bazitov - Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Varna, Assoc. Prof. Antoaneta Tsvetkova - Chairperson of the Health Committee at Municipal Council - Varna, Prof. Dr. Rosen Madzhov - Chairperson of the General Meeting of MU-Varna and the honorable member of the Board of Trustees of MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Dimitar Kamburov.
Congratulatory addresses to the academic management of the University and the Faculty were received from the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science Ms Meglena Kuneva, the Minister of Health Dr. Petar Moskov, the Mayor of Varna Mr. Ivan Portnih, the Chairperson of Municipal Council - Varna Mr. Todor Balabanov, the Rector of MU-Varna in the period 2004-2012 Prof. Dr. Aneliya Klisarova and the Chairperson of the Regional Body of the Bulgarian Dental Association in Varna Dr. Rumiana Vlachkova.The series of events dedicated to the 10th anniversary continues with a Jubilee Session of the Faculty of Dental Medicine, which will be held on 14 May (Saturday), at 14:30, in Admiral Hotel, Golden Sands Resort, and a student campaign "Healthy Children's Teeth" - 22 May (Sunday), at 12:00, at the entrance of the Sea Garden.