The new academic year 2014/15 was opened with a real time video conference link with the affiliate of the Medical University in Sliven in the seat of the higher medical school in Varna. Over 3 700 students, more than 570 of whom represented 34 countries from all over the world will study at the Varna Medical University during this year.
The beginning of the ceremony was marked by a solemn water blessing for health and well-being served by Yasen Shinev. In his speech, the Rector Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov welcomed the first-year students to the "best medical university in the country" (according to the biggest classification of the higher educational institutions in the world, called Webometrics). He reassured the students who were crossing the threshold of the University for the first time that they have made the best investment in their future by deciding to study in one of the most advanced hi-tech Bulgarian universities.
"The medical profession is made up not only of knowledge, technique and performance of manipulations but it is, above all, made of love to the people", said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Neli Spassova - Director of the Affiliate of the Medical University in Sliven during the live video conference link which made it possible for parents, students and guests to hear and watch on the screen especially installed to the purpose in the University yard.
Representatives of the first-year students from the specialties of medicine, dental medicine, pharmacy, healthcare management, nursing, midwifery and assistant pharmacist with highest score from the admission exams took the "oath of devotion to medicine" which is traditional for the first school day at the Medical University of Varna. Two sixth-year students, the future Golden Hippoctrates of the forthcoming graduation ceremony of the students of medicine, put white coats on their colleagues to symbolize their joining the medical community. Prof. Ivanov wished good luck to the students and according to the old Bulgarian tradition, cast water in front of the University entrance door.
Official guests of the event were Governor Mr S. Pasev, Rectors Prof. Dr. Aneliya Klisarova, Prof. Dr. T. Temelkov. Prof. Dr. D. Kamburov, Prof. Dr. Zh. Georgieva – Executive Director of Varna University Hospital "St. Marina". Among the official guests at the Affiliate in Sliven were Governor V. Radeva, Mayor Mr K. Milev, the Head of the Regional Inspectorate for Education Mrs B. Vassileva, the management of Multi-profile hospitals for active treatment "Ivan Seliminski" and "Hadji Dimitar".