Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” hosted the Third Annual Conference of the Association of Balkan Universities. The organization, set up in 2008, includes 59 high academic institutions from all Balkan countries. Professor Ivan Ilchev, former Rector of Sofia University, 2007-2015, in 2016 took over the chairpersonship of the Association for a year.
Sofia University Rector Professor Dr. Habil. Anastas Gerdzhikov met the Director General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Professor Fabiola Gianotti. Professor Gianotti is currently on a visit to this country on the invitation of the Minister of Education and Science Professor Nikolay Denkov.
The Aula Magna of Sofia University hosted a special meeting dedicated to the 30ieth anniversary of the establishment of the Erasmus Program. The event was organized by the Human Resources Development Center jointly with the Council of Rectors.
Sofia University Faculty of Law students won second place in the prestigious pleading competition on the European Human Rights Convention. The Sofia University team won the prize for the best written statement on behalf of the defendant government as a response to a complaint lodged with the European Court of Human Rights.
A newly-discovered mineral K-Mg arfvedsonite, recently discovered by Dr Momchil Dyulgerov, Senior Assistant Professor at the Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Ores and Minerals at the Faculty of Geology and Geography, was presented at the Museum of Mineralogy, Petrology and Ores and Minerals at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. The event was part of a series of occasions marking the 125th anniversary of the Museum which is to be celebrated in 2017.
The Te(a)chIn Sport Project, financed by the Erasmus + SPORT at the EC Program, was launched with Sofia University being a leading institution in it. The project was presented at a conference held at Alma mater. Its objective was to stimulate the practising of sports on a large scale byamongst students and youngsters, to enhance their informational awareness, the use of new technologies and their participation in volunteers’ initiatives.
The National Agency Evaluation and Accreditation Agency gave a positive grade of the distance learning environment at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. The Information and Communication Technology in Education Masters’ Program, run by the Faculty of Education, was also accredited. The two-term MA Program of distance learning will commence students’ admission in the autumn of 2017.
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” is included in the listing of yet another prestigious international ranking of the top research academic institutions. In the ranking released late last night by the Times Higher Education, the 2017 BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings rate the most highly reputable Bulgarian higher academic institution in the 201-250 position cohort. Earlier in the year Sofia University was included in the World University Rankings for the first time by the Times Higher Education (THE).
The new academic year 2016/2017 was officially opened at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. According to tradition, at the beginning of the solemn ceremony the Rector of Sofia University and the members of the Academic Council of Alma mater laid flowers at the monuments of Evlogi and Hristo Georgiev.
It is the first time in the history of the prestigious THE rating that Sofia University has been included. Sofia University is among the top 800 in the "801+" group, and is the only Bulgarian academic institution to be part of the list.
For fifth consecutive year the oldest and most reputable high academic institution in this country has kept its position among the most prestigious universities of the world. Alma mater is the only Bulgarian high academic institution, which has been listed in the prestigious rating since 2012.
Georgi Boshev, a native to the town of Nesebur and a VIth form student at the Geo Milev Burgas English Language School, scored first in the Microsoft Office World Wide Championship, 2016, held in Orlando, Florida, 7 -- 11 August, 2016. He won in the competition with 400 000 participants from more than 130 countries.
A students’ discussion on the topic “Bulgaria and Germany – Partners in Europe” was held with the Presidents of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Bulgaria, Joachim Gauck and Rosen Plevneliev, at the Aula magna of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridskki”. The event was organized as part of the state visit of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, to this country.
The Student Number One of the Year Winners of Sofia University were awarded their prizes at a solemn ceremony at Aula magna of Sofia University.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission for 2004 – 2014, delivered a public lecture on “The Digital Citizens of Europe and the World” at Aula magna of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
On the invitation of the Students’ Council of Sofia University and the Students’ Club of the Political Scientist the Bulgarian head of state participated in a discussion held at Sofia University.
At a solemn ceremony held at the Aula magna of the University Professor Dr Habil Anastas Gerdzhikov, Rector of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, conferred a Doctor honoris causa degree of the University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” on Mr Yohei Sasakawa, Chairperson of The Nippon Foundation.
In a solemn ceremony at Aula magna of Sofia University Professor Donka Minkova of UCLA, USA, was conferred a Doctor honoris causa degree by Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
On the day of the feast of the holy brothers S.S. Cyril and Methodius the Philological Library opened the enriched with 164 Slavonic manuscripts digital research library “Zographos”. 120 new, uncatalogued Slavonic MSs were presented by the Zographos Monasery of St.George Library, and the National Museum of History presented its own collection of 44 Slavonic MSs.
Professor Timothy Rice was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor honoris causa at a solemn ceremony at Aula magna at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. The proposal for conferring the honorary title by the oldest and most prestigious high academic institution in this country came from the Faculty of History at the University.
The President of the Republic of Croatia Her Excellency Ms Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović delivered a public lecture on “All We Must Be United at the Table of Solidarity” at the Aula-magna of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
The President of Croatia is on an official visit to this country on the invitation by the President of Bulgaria.
A solemn ceremony was held at Aula magna of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in which Professor Giuseppe Consolo was conferred a Doctor honoris causa degree. The proposal for the conferral of the honorary degree by the oldest and most prestigious higher academic institution in this country came from the Faculty of Law.
The official opening of the TV studio complex, built with the financial support of Georgi Vasilev and “Studia Transmedia”, took place at the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
Aula magna of Sofia University hosted a public lecture on the topic of “the Seven Pillars of the Revolution of Knowledge” delivered by Dr Ismail Serageldin, Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Earlier, he had a meeting with Professor DHabil. Anastas Gerdzhikov, Rector of Sofia University. Dr Serageldin expressed his joy at the possibility of visiting the oldest high academic establishment in this country and said that it was an honor for him to give a lecture at the University.
The annual celebration marking the Chinese New Year took place at the Confucius Institute at Sofia University. According to the Chinese tradition the year of 2016 is the year of the Red (fiery) monkey and it formally starts on 8th February.
Aula magna of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” hosted the ceremony of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event was attended by Professor DHabil. Anastas Gerdzhikov, Rector of Sofia University, Mrs Tsetska Tsacheva, Chairperson of the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Roumen Alexandrov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Mrs Irit Lilian, Ambassadress of the Republic of Israel to this country, members of the diplomatic corps, faculty and students.
Professor Anastas Gerdzhikov, Rector of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, and Ms Ivelina Vasileva, Minister of Environment and Water, signed an agreement for cooperation in the domain of conservation of plant species and plant genetic resources.
A caricature exhibition dedicated to peace and justice was opened at the Faculty of History of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. The exhibition is part of a project on the same topic run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and presents selected caricatures by the Bulgarian artist Iliyan Savkov, based on ideas generated by Sofia University students.
Andreas Kiefer, Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRA) of the Council of Europe, delivered a public lecture in front of representatives of the academic community and the students reading “Regional Politics” and “Public Administration” at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. The lecture’s focus was on the development of local and regional democracy in Europe.
Sofia University marked the feast day of its heavenly patron, St. Kliment Ohridski.
On the eve of the feast of the dormition of St. Kliment Ohridski and the patron feast-day of the oldest higher academic establishment in this country a piece of the holy relics of the patron-saint of Sofia University were donated to Sofia University by Bishop Sioniy, the Hegumen of the Holy Troyan Monastery, with the blessing of His Holiness the Bulgarian Patriarch Neofit.
At a General Assembly held on 17th November, 2015, in Lecture Theater 65 of the Rectorate of Sofia University, Professor Dr. Habil. Anastas Gerdjikov was elected Rector of the oldest and most reputable higher academic institution in this country with 190 votes. The other candidate for the post, Professor Dr. Tony Spasov, Corresponding Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, garnered 162 of the votes.
It is the second time that Ilko Minev has made generous donation to Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski; the donation’s aim is to modernize the University’s facilities. He was awarded an honorary charter for his donation during the presentation of his book “The Daughter of the Rivers” which took place at the Egg Restaurant at the Rectorate of Sofia University.
A jubilee conference on the future perspectives of the scholarly subject of Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Classical and Contemporary Philology, marking the 25th anniversary of the subject, was held at Aula Magna of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.
A solemn ceremony to award the national “For Women in Science, 2015” scholarships was held at the SS Cyril and Methodius National Library. This is part of the L’Oreal – UNESCO Program.
The second meeting of the Association of Вalkan Universities was held at the Trakya University in Edirne, Turkey. The organization set up in 2008 includes more than 70 academic institutions of higher education in all the Balkan countries.
On January 1st, 2016, as part of the Horizon 2020 – ICT-2015-20 Program, an Adaptive trust-based e-assessment System for Learning (TeSLA) project will be launched.
At the beginning of the solemn ceremony the Rector Professor Dr. Ivan Ilchev and the members of the Academic Council laid flowers at the statues of Evlogy and Hristo Georgiev. At the Aula Magna of Sofia University were present Professor Todor Tanev, Minister of Education and Science, Professor Nikolay Denkov, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Mrs Yordanka Fandukova, Mayoress of the City of Sofia, Krasimir Velchev and Borislav Velikov, MPs, Ms. Roumyana Kolarova, Secretary for education, science and civil society at the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria, rectors of high academic institutions, ambassadors, faculty and students.
For a fourth consecutive year the oldest and most highly reputable academic institution in Bulgaria has kept its position among the 863 top universities in the world.
The new structure of the Institute has specialized premises: classrooms, study rooms, language laboratories, a library with a reading room, an exhibition hall, a multifunctional conference hall, and a theater hall. The large scale reconstruction work has been carried out with the assistance of Sofia University and the Beijing University for Foreign Languages.
At Aula magna of Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski” a solemn ceremony was held to confer a Doctor honoris causa degree to Professor Harald Hepner from Carl Franz University (Graz, Austria).
In “the America for Bulgaria” Lecture Theatre at the Rectorate building of Sofia University Professor Giuseppe Consolo from Guido Carli University delivered a public lecture on the topic of “The Origin of Law and the Presumption of Innocence According to Article 27 of the Italian Constitution – the Antonov Case and the Attempt at Assassination of the Pope in the Light of the Constitution of Italy.”
The enriched Zograph Digital Research Library was officially opened at the Philological Library at the Rectorate building of Sofia University. The collection contains more than 450 digital copies of Slavonic manuscripts owned by prestigious collections in this country and abroad.
The Aula Magna of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” held the solemn ceremony of the conferment of the Doctor honoris causa degree on Professor Dr. Olga Mladenova, lecturer at the University of Calgary, Canada. The proposal for the conferment of the honorary title of the oldest and most highly reputable high academic institution in this country came from the Faculty of Slavic Philology at Sofia University and it is given for the overall scientific contribution of Professor Olga Mladenova to the domain of Slavic studies and to mark her anniversary.
In the “America for Bulgaria” lecture theatre at the Rectorate of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” the results of the completion of the “Career IT” Project for the past two years were announced. The project has been sponsored within the framework of the global “Microsoft” YouthSpark initiative and has been executed by the Alumni Association at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (FEBA Alumni) in partnership with faculty from Sofia University.
Impressive arrangements, fresh solutions and exotic practices have been realized at the spring ground floor planting of flowers at the Balchik Botanic Gardens.
A frame cooperation agreement was signed between Total E & P Bulgaria B. V. В and Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” in the head office of the company. The agreement was signed by Professor Dr. Ivan Ilchev, Rector of Sofia University, and Mr. Xavier Faugeras, Manager of Total E & P Bulgaria B.V.
On April 15, 2015, on the eve of the Constitution Day of Bulgaria, the fully renovated 272 Lecture Theatre at the Rectorate Building of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” was officially opened.
Prof. Dr. Roumen Pankov, Deputy Rector of Sofia University in charge of scientific and project activities, and Prof. Dr. Milena Stefanova, Deputy Rector in charge of the teaching activities, had a meeting with Mr. Arsim Bajrami, Minister of Education of Kosovo and His Excellency Mr. Shpend Kalaba, Ambassador of Kosovo to this country. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Dr. Panayot Karagyozov, Dean of the Faculty of Slavonic Philology, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Zhobov, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Slavonic Philology, Prof. Dr. Rousana Bejleri, Lecturer in Albanian language and culture at the Department of Balkan Studies at Sofia University.
A Centre for the study of Kazakh language, history and culture was opened at the Centre for Eastern Languages and Studies at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. During the ceremony a Memorandum for mutual understanding in the domain of culture, science, and education was signed between the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Kazakhstan to this country and Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”.