ERASMUS Internationalisation at NBS

NBS has arranged its latest ERASMUS teaching exchange as part of our internationalisation strategy. The ERASMUS programme is an EU funded teaching and student exchange. The ERASMUS Programme fosters not only learning and understanding of the host country, but also a sense of community among students and academics from different countries. The Erasmus experience is considered both a time for learning as well as a chance to socialise.

The Proposed Agreement

NBS Senior Lecturer Graham Manville has developed a strategic alliance with Sofia University over the past four years having initially established a teaching exchange with the University of Southampton involving four academics which is still running. The UEA agreement intends to provide opportunities for MBA students to complete their Management Consultancy module with Bulgarian companies in a similar offering to our other EU country, the Czech Republic. It is still early stages but Graham had a very successful meeting with the President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Svetlan Simeone and Professor George Chobanov the founding Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEBA). Our meeting was publicised to 5,000 Bulgarian organisations in the BCCI membership ( )[It is in Bulgarian at the moment for the Bulgarian audience but they mentioned there will be an English translation coming]. The teaching and student exchanges will develop over the coming years along with potential EU research bid collaborations as the relationship deepens.

About Sofia University

The University of Sofia, St Kliment Ohridkski is the number one university in Bulgaria and the no.1 university for business and economics. They have strategic alliances with many international universities and deliver programmes that are mapped to world leading HEIs such as Harvard Business School and the University of Sorbonne, Paris.

About Bulgaria

Bulgaria is an emerging economy having been one of the latest former communist countries to join the EU in 2007. Since joining the EU, Bulgaria has attracted the largest capital investment per capita of all EU nations and now is an exciting time for the economy of Bulgaria. There is capital spending on infrastructure such as the development of Sofia‘s metro system, agriculture, mining and tourism.

Bulgaria is a country steeped in history and boasts one of the oldest cities in the world, the city of Plovdiv. Plovdiv is older than both Athens and Rome and dates back to the time of Thrace. Bulgaria has several UNESCO landmarks of interest and several Roman amphitheatres from the Roman occupation. It has a thriving black sea resort with beautiful seas and  pristine beaches. It also has several ski and hiking resorts in picturesque pine forest mountains.

Posted by: Graham Manville

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