The Mayor of Varna Mr. Ivan Portnih and the Chairperson of the Municipal Council Mr. Todor Balabanov awarded the traditional personal prizes for outstanding students. The prizes are awarded for academic achievements in various fields of science and significant results at national and international forums.
In the field of Health and Sports the prize was awarded to Georgi Stoyanov – 4th-year student of Medicine at Medical University "Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov". He excelled the other contenders with a report delivered at the International Congress in Sofia in 2016, a report at the National Congress of the German Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Surgery of the Head and Neck, 2016, in Duesseldorf, Germany, and a lot of other participations at scientific forums.
According to Georgi the most valuable recognition was the publication of his academic paper in a journal in Cambridge. He can also boast international citations of his work by other authors.
The prizes for the best diploma thesis for 2016 were awarded by the Management Board of the Territorial Organization of the Scientific and Technical Unions – Varna as well. Thirty-three diploma theses were presented for evaluation at the competition this year. The first place in the field of Humanities was awarded to Marina Yordanova Yordanova. The topic of her thesis work is "Opportunities for Improving the Access to Medicines for Patients with Rare Diseases in the Republic of Bulgaria". Marina said that the creation of her thesis had taken her about eight months. She carried out surveys at various health centres in Bulgaria and has already developed a project for setting up a social network entirely related to rare diseases.
"There hasn't been a single year within the 10-year history of the competition, when students at Medical University - Varna have won no prizes. What really comes first among the priorities of the University is the quality of education, research and innovative solutions. Marina has done her work brilliantly, choosing a highly topical, but also very responsible topic," said her supervisor Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Vice Rector for International Cooperation, Accreditation and Quality at MU-Varna. She expressed special gratitude to Assoc. Prof. Valeria Kaleva and her team from St. Marina University Hospital - Varna for their assistance.
"We'd like to thank you, we are proud of you because with your achievements you enhance the image of our universities and Varna as a prestigious academic centre. I am absolutely positive that thanks to you - the beautiful minds of Varna, we have become the winners of the title European Youth Capital 2017, and I do believe that together we can defend it with dignity," said to the audience the Mayor Mr. Portnih.