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MU- Varna signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism

On September 26th 2016, an Academic Meeting with international participation was held “Development of Balneology, Sea Treatment, Wellness and SPA – Educational and Scientific Aspects”. It was organised within the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA tourism (BUBSPA), the 55th anniversary of the foundation of Medical University “Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” – Varna and the concomitant 15th anniversary of the Faculty of Public Health.
The main purpose of the international meeting was to trigger a discussion on possible cooperation among all stakeholders about the development of balneology, sea treatment, wellness, SPA and medical tourism for the promotion of the quality of life, medical rehabilitation, primary prevention, prevention of people at risk as well as ensuring continuity of care. In this respect, for 3 years MU-Varna has been offering a Master’s programme in rehabilitation, thalassotherapy, wellness and SPA.
The meeting was attended by the national associations of balneology and SPA tourism of Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Iceland, Portugal, France, etc., the President of the European SPA Association (ESPA) Mr Thierry Dubois, the ESPA Executive Director Mr Joao Pinto Barbosa, the Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Varna Mr Kosta Bazitov as well as representatives of the academic circles and the hotel business. The Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA tourism (BUBSPA) was represented by Mrs Siyka Katsarova – ESPA and BUBSPA Vice President, Mrs Tatyana Angelova – Head of the BUBSPA Medical Commission and Mrs Elena Koseva – member of the Executive Board of BUBSPA and Executive Director of “St. Constantine and Helena Holding”. Moderators of the meeting were Prof. Todorka Kostadinova – Vice Rector for International Relations, Accreditation and Quality and Assoc. Prof. Emanuela Mutafova – Dean of the Faculty of Public Health at MU-Varna.
The meeting was concluded by signing a Memorandum of Understanding between BUBSPA and MU-Varna, in which the two parties agree to cooperate for the improved quality of training and the subsequent realization of the future human resources in balneological treatment and medical tourism.