EURASHE was very honoured to participate in the 140th anniversary of the University of Telecommunications and Post in Sofia, Bulgaria, with our President, Armando Pires.
The University of Telecommunications and Post was founded in 1881 and is one of Bulgaria’s oldest specialized Professional Higher Education institutions. The UTP is one of the most innovative and fast-developing universities, educating some of the most sought-after experts in telecommunications, information technology and management in the ICT sector.
The trip to Bulgaria took place from September 11 to September 13, where our President had the opportunity to participate in insightful events and meetings.
National round table discussion: ‘Professional HEIs – action plan and state priority’
On the first day, we participated in a National round table discussion called ‘Professional HEIs – action plan and state priority’, together with Rectors of HEIs, Government officials, Presidential office, parliamentary committee members and Big employers’ associations. Our President Armando Pires addressed the involvement of EURASHE within the higher education polity, the European Universities initiative and recent engagement with ERA and Commissioner Gabriel and her Cabinet. He also referred to the importance of making Professional Higher Education inclusive, diverse, digital and innovative.
Meeting with Prof. Dr Nikolay Denkov, Minister of Education of Bulgaria
On the second day, we met with Prof. Dr Nikolay Denkov, Minister of Education of Bulgaria. Our President addressed the need for a stronger financial support system in education, research and innovation from the cohesion policy and the importance of strengthening applied research and cooperation with the industry sector.
The official ceremony and concert of the 140th Anniversary of the UTP took place in the afternoon. EURASHE greeted the attendees and presented the awards.
Meeting with , Adviser to the Republic on Science and Education
On the last day of the Bulgarian trip, Armando Pires met with, Adviser to the Republic on Science and Education. He addressed several other topics related to applied research, the importance of upskilling and reskilling for the labour market and the military staff.
The three days in Bulgaria were very fruitful and complete, sharing the mission of EURASHE and getting to know and understand better the Bulgarian Professional Higher Education ecosystem and its challenges and actions.
EURASHE would like to thank our Bulgarian partners who made our President Armando Pires feel very welcomed and for their dedication and hospitality during the stay of our President in Sofia. We are very much looking forward to future collaborations.