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The New Academic Year Was Opened at Sliven Affiliate of Medical University – Varna As Well

After the official opening of the new academic year 2015-2016 at Medical University - Varna and Shumen Affiliate, today, 16th September, the Affiliate in Sliven also welcomed its first-year students for the third consecutive year - 20 nurses and 20 midwives. From this autumn the students will be trained at their own building. The three-storey building of the former Medical College in Sliven, built more than 80 years ago as a high school, was completely renovated and repaired with financial funds under the Operational Programme "Regions in Growth".

The inauguration ceremony began with a liturgy for health and God's blessing, served by the Metropolitan of Sliven Yoanikii.

The celebration, which was attended by all the members of the University Academic Management, went on with a welcome speech by the Rector Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov. "The inauguration of a University is like the inauguration of a temple! You ought to take pride in achieving this because education is the only intransient thing that will remain for the future generations ... just like the Old Elm tree in the ancient city under the Blues Stones ... It is education that brings in itself the real power to change the future of our country!" said Prof. Ivanov and went on to emphasize that each passing year the interest in MU-Varna and the number of prospective students were constantly growing. The Rector of one of the most modern and dynamically developing universities in Bulgaria assured the newly-admitted students that launching their career path there they had already made a safe investment in their future.

The opening ceremony continued with the Oath of the Freshman, and after that the Rector of the University Prof. Ivanov and the Affiliate Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ivan Dimitrov symbolically cut the ribbon of the new building, where the current and future nurses and midwives will be trained.

The event was attended by the District Governor Mr. Dimitar Syarov, the Mayor of the city of Sliven, Gen. Kolyo Milev, the former district governors of Sliven - Mr. Kavrakov, Mrs. Radeva and Mr. Zhelyazkov, the Executive Director of Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment "Ivan Seliminski" - Dr. Vasislav Petrov, chairpersons of regional professional and health organizations, principals of high schools, medical doctors, University teachers, media representatives.

Congratulatory address to the University Management and the Affiliate was sent by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Ms Daniela Taneva, one of the main initiators for the inauguration of the Affiliate in Sliven.

 As a symbol of the new beginning, the Rector Prof. Krasimir Ivanov and the Director of the Affiliate Assoc. Prof. Ivan Dimitrov planted a tree in the courtyard, in front of the Affiliate, a few minutes before the beginning of the ceremony.