Bulgaria education

MIGLENA TEMELKOVA: AIMING HIGHER

Professor Miglena Temelkova, PhD, is one of the visionaries in Bulgarian education today. She has graduated in finances and law, and has trained in leadership at Georgetown University in Washington. When she became the rector of Bulgaria's oldest professional university, the University of Telecommunications and Post, in 2019, she became Bulgaria's youngest woman at such a position. Her active stance and visionary policies were immediately felt in the UTP.

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DR. MARGEE ENSIGN: RESPONSIBLE EDUCATION LEADS TO A STRONG DEMOCRACY

When Dr. Margee Ensign became the 10th President of the American University in Bulgaria, she realized the great responsibility that came with this position. She had rich experience managing outstanding universities in the US and Nigeria and had personal and academic interests in important and urgent topics such as democracy development, improving education, and even using AI in social sciences.

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ANNA GOUMAS: THE MISSION TO BE UNIQUE, THE MISSION TO BE HUMAN!

Children nowadays face a challenge that no generation has met before: to grow as seeking, curious and informed individuals in a world in which digital technologies are getting more ubiquitous. One of the best solutions that responsible parents can make in such circumstances is to trust their children in the experienced hands of the professionals at Educational Group Svetlina. Holistic education is in the foundation of Setlina’s nursery, kindergarten and primary school that for 25 have nurtured happy, aware and successful children. How and why do children today need such an approach?

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ANGELA ASSED: INSPIRING STUDENTS TO THRIVE

The Anglo-American School of Sofia is a rare bird on the local edicational field. Focused on offering top education to international students from all over the globe, it has crafted its curriculum to provide a welcoming and encouraging environment while giving the students the knowledge and intellectual tools necessary for them to grow into responsible and successful adults. Angela Assed is one of the people behind this achievement. An American, she has been with the AAS for nine years. In 2020, she became the school's Director of Learning and Curriculum.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DANCE ART: FROM TALENTS TO PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

Since the dawn of humanity people have danced to express their emotions, to tell stories and myths, and even to share philosophical concepts. Today, the meaning of dance is even richer; it is considered one of the most exquisite and charming arts, created by professionals who have dedicated their lives to it. The National School of Dance Art in Sofia is the institution in Bulgaria that has educated generations of the most talented professional dancers in the country.

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VALSHEBNA PRIKAZKA: A PLACE FOR HAPPY CHILDREN

Kids aged between 2 and 6 need a special approach, a safe and supporting environment, and encouraging tutors in order to unleash their full potential and to be ready for school and life. Valshebna Prikazka, or Fairy Tale, is a private educational centre that gives them exactly that. Its founders, Galin and Ralitsa Krastev, are a family dedicated to education. He has specialised Early and Preschool Pedagogy while she is an established maths teacher and the author of educational materials for competitive mathematics for 2nd and 4th grade.

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COSMOS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL: CAMBRIDGE CERTIFIED HOLISTIC EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

An institution that celebrates diversity, it is located in the beautiful building of the old school of Osoitsa Village, near Sofia, and offers to students one-of-a-kind combination of modern amenities and facilities, clean air, the chance to spend more time outdoors and to explore. Cosmos is also a place of rigorous academic standards and of nurturing chidlren’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. This year Cosmos became an officially registered Cambridge International School.

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ABC KINDERCARE: PLAY, LEARN AND BE HAPPY

Finding the best kindergarten in Sofia for your children is a demanding task, especially if you want to find that rare combination of competent and friendly educators and staff, pleasant and encouraging environment, and personal approach towards each child and their interests and talents. ABC KinderCare covers all of these criteria, and offers even more.

What started in 2008 as a private kindergarten quickly grew into a popular chain thanks to its approach to always put first the wellbeing, happiness and education of children, and the satisfaction of their families.

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UARD: TRAINING THE FUTURE LEADERS OF MANAGEMENT OF THE REGIONS

It is the heir of the Agricultural College Higher School, which was established in 1992. In these 30 years it has accumulated a long list of international partnerships, achievements and recognitions. UARD's President, Associate Professor Svetla Dimitrova, PhD, and its Rector, Associate Professor Ekaterina Arabska, PhD, share more.

Associate Professor Dimitrova, which, in your opinion, are the most important qualities of a successful educational manager?

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ENTERING THE DIGITAL WORLD WITH LOGISCOOL BULGARIA

Rapid technological development has defined our times; in this environment the importance of digital literacy and programming for children can hardly be overestimated. It gives them the skills to find their way in the digital world and prepares them for the technological future. The international chain of schools Logiscool aims to help by teaching children how to programme easily, effectively and age appropriately. Since 2021, it has taught artificial intelligence as well. Nikolay Tzonev, co-founder of Logiscool Bulgaria, shares more.

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CREATIVE WRITING IN ZNANIE ACADEMY: AN OPPORTUNITY TO DWELL IN DIFFERENT WORLD

In this unique process, by painting with ideas and emotions, we not only express ourselves, but we also expand the borders of our senses. As if we discover mysterious portals to unknown dimensions where each sentence is simultaneously a spell and a key for a new world.

In the process of creating texts, regardless of whether they are short stories, novels, poems, plays, diaries, or some other form of creative sharing, we discover whole new galaxies.

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PROF MIGLENA TEMELKOVA, PHD: FUTURE IS INTERDISCIPLINARY

When we arrived at the University of Telecommunications and Posts (UTP) in Sofia, we were aware that we were up for an interesting meeting. For two years now Bulgaria's oldest professional university has been managed by a young and energetic professional. Prof Miglena Temelkova, PhD, is the first female rector of the UTP and is the youngest woman in Bulgaria in such position.

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