The First Russian Doctors of Ophthalmology Graduated from Masterclass Optometry 2017

November 16, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Science and education No Comments

The first Doctors of Ophthalmology from the Russian Federation, graduates of Masterclass Optometry, organized by MU – Varna, received their diplomas at an official ceremony at the Conference Hall of MU – Varna on 13th November. The course leader Prof. Dr. Hristina Group congratulated the students and emphasized that their knowledge would have a much higher value if handed over to their colleagues in Russia.

The Rector Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov awarded the diplomas to Sergei Selin, Zoya Vaganova, Victoria Prediger and Maria Narbut, wishing them future success, and Prof. Albena Kerekovska congratulated them on their efforts and diligence. All course participants graduated with honours.

Educational Programme Masterclass Optometry was designed to develop knowledge on fundamental visual optics and clinical refraction, use of contact lenses, eye care and last but not least, ophthalmic health.

The practical aim of the course was to develop skills in clinical optometry, contact lens fitting, their proper selection and management, as well as the development of communication skills with patients. The training of the Russian ophthalmologists continued for two semesters. The information from the theoretical part was delivered via interactive web modular training through the Blackboard system, and the facilities and academic potential of Medical University – Varna were utilized for the 100 hours of practical training.

New Opportunities for Cooperation between Bulgaria and France in the Field of Education and Healthcare

November 1, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Science and education No Comments

A formal meeting with representatives of the French Institute in Bulgaria was held at MU – Varna today, 31st October, where the opportunities for development and deepening of the University relations with partner institutions from France were discussed.

The new management of the Institute was presented by Mr. Fabien Flori – Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Activities at the Embassy of the Republic of France and Director of the French Institute in Bulgaria and Mr. Olivier Kasler – Attaché for University and Scientific Cooperation. Eric Perrotel – Cooperation Attaché for French Language at the representation of the French Institute in Varna and Mrs. Milena Angelova – Director of Alliance Française in Varna were also a part of the French delegation.

The aim of the visit was to acquaint the guests with the structure of MU – Varna and to discuss the opportunities for deepening the Bulgarian-French cooperation in the field of higher education, research and international activities. The history of the Francophone idea at MU – Varna, the relations established with the universities of Nantes, Rennes, Angée and the hospital group in Maletroa, as well as the student mobility under Erasmus+ Programme with the universities of Bordeaux and Strasbourg over the recent yearswere presented.

The meeting outlined the areas for scientific cooperation of mutual interest such as public healthcare, health management, nutrition and dietetics, genetics and others. Particular emphasis was placed on the fact that in the future sending leading guest lectures from France, the exchange of researchers and the development of doctoral dissertations under joint Bulgarian-French supervision would be a priority. The guests offered a meeting with a prominent professor of Microbiology, Epidemiology and Virology, a winner of the highest Award for Excellence – a gold medal of the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research. They took the initiative to promote the establishment of active partnership between MU – Varna and the University of Rennes.

The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery Awarded a Scholarship to a Young Doctor from University Hospital “St. Marina” and MU-Varna

October 31, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity No Comments

The young Bulgarian doctor Toni Kondov, an intern at the Clinic of Neurosurgery at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna and an Assistant Professor at the Medical University won a scholarship at the 45th Congress of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN), held from 8-12 October in Denver, Colorado, USA.

During the scientific congress Dr. Kondev presented two topics, including the award winning one “Intraoperative ultrasound imaging through the anterior fontanel for real-time guided insertion of the proximal catheter of ventriculoperitoneal shunts into the lateral ventricle of infants”. The presentations were collaborative developments of an authors’ team, consisting of: Prof. Dr. Y. Enchev, Dr. B. Iliev, Dr. T. Kondev, Assoc. Prof. Dr. T. Avramov, Dr. Pl. Trendafilov, Dr. E. Zaharieva, Dr. M. Moynov and Dr. St. Todorova. The award is an international recognition of MU – Varna and the Clinic of Neurosurgery at University Hospital “St. Marina”, which is one of the leading treatment clinics in Bulgaria.

The International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN) was established in 1972, and it is aimed at promoting the exchange of scientific information and techniques related to children’s health around the world. The Society also supports the educational activities of young doctors who take care of the neurosurgical health of children.

Eight countries participated in the second MU – Varna International Partnerships Forum

October 17, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity No Comments

Representatives of eight countries participated in the opening of the MU – Varna International Partnerships Forum.  The Forum is being held for the second consecutive year aiming to turn it into a platform where MU-Varna partners can share ideas and generate fruitful educational, scientific and social projects. The main topic of the current event “International Partnerships for Youth – Students’ Life and Erasmus +” is inspired by the fact that Varna is “European Youth Capital” for 2017, as well as the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus + Programme.

The main accent of the Forum is on the role of partnerships in the development of modern education, scientific and cultural exchange as well as in the process of universities internationalisation and networking. The scope of the meeting is to show students’ and young researchers’ life and activities supported by their professors and academic mentors, encourage the mobility process, enhance cooperation, information circulation, sharing good ideas and best practices among the participants. The ambition of the organizers is to establish and develop a sustainable network of international partners all over the world whose main purpose will be to improve education, science, health and quality of life of young people.

The moderators of the meeting Prof. Todorka Kostadinova – Vice Rector for International Relations, Accreditation and Quality and Dr. Aneta Dokova – Head of the International Relations Department made a comprehensive presentation of the international activities of the Medical University – Varna, the types of national and international partnerships and the results of  bilateral and multilateral projects. Emphasis was placed on the need for more active interaction between higher education institutions, local authorities and the business to realize multi-sectoral projects for the benefit of young people and the population as a whole.
The Forum continued with the presentation of the foreign partners who shared their vision for future joint projects and areas for cooperation, after which the students have a speech. They expressed the young people’s view for the role and impact of international partnerships on student life.

Following the idea of developing multi-sectoral cooperation, representatives of different partner institutions attended the meeting. Among the guests were the General Consul of the Russian Federation in Varna – Mr. Sergey Lukyanchuk, the Honorary Consul of Germany and France – Mr. Nedyalko Nedelchev, the Honorary Consul of Italy – Mr. Antonio Tarquinio, the Honorary Consul of Israel – Prof. Krasimir Metodiev, the representative of the Varna Municipality in the Managing Board of the Association “Varna – European Youth Capital” – Bilyana Raeva, Assoc. Prof. Antoaneta Tsvetkova – Chair of Permanent Commission “Healthcare” at the Municipal Council of Varna, Mrs. Katerina Savatova and Mr. Kalin Baychev from the Human Resources Development Centre in Sofia, guests from the First Moscow State Medical University “I. M. Sechenov “, North-West State Medical University” I. I. Mechnikov, University of Vilnius, University of Bogomolest  in Kiev, National University of Medicine in Kharkiv, and young entrepreneurs from Florence and Rome Carlo Spellucci, Mattia Michelangeli and Nicholas Tommazini, representatives from the Varna Tourism Chamber, members of the academic management, lecturers and students.

The second day of the Forum included workshops on four major topics – “Partnerships within Erasmus + Programme”, “Education, Science and Research”, “Social and Community Activities” and “Culture and Sports”. The expected result was the initiation and realization of joint activities and projects in each of the directions.

All participants united around the idea of a topic for the third edition of the MU – Varna International Partnerships Forum in 2018  – “University partnerships – a hub for policy-making in education, research and innovation”.

Apply for Erasmus Mobility till October 23rd

October 9, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Science and education No Comments

October 23rd is the application deadline for Erasmus internship during the second semester and summer period of 2017/2018 academic year.

Medical University – Varna offers the following available places for medical students after the 3rd or 4th year of academic studies and during their 6th year of academic studies.

The applicants should have an average grade (GPA) as of the time of application minimum 4.50.

The applicants must have taken all their exams till the time of application.


  1. Application form (click here)
  2. Declaration form concerning personal data protection (click here)
  3. Certificate for average grade (GPA) as of the time of application minimum 4.50 (issued by the students’ office)
  4. Letter of recommendation signed by a professor in MU-Varna
  5. Certificate of language proficiency (language of instruction at the receiving institution)

Application deadline – 23.10.2017

Application documents have to be submitted in the International Relations Department (room 209) from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.– Mrs. Svetlana Panayotova

The Orientation Week of the First-Year Students in the English-Language Programmes of Study Finished with a Familiarization Trip of Bulgaria

October 9, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity No Comments

By tradition, the first-year students in the English-language programmes of Medicine and Dental Medicine visited remarkable for the Bulgarian history landmarks.

The students learnt about the history, architecture, nature and traditional cuisine of the region. The trip, held from 28 to 30 September, was the final stage of the orientation week for the international students.

Their first stop was the monument “Creators of the Bulgarian State”, located on the territory of the Shumen Plateau Nature Park. After exploring the greatest in Europe mosaic-triptych in the open, which together with 21 sculptures symbolizes the idea of creation, development and rise of the Bulgarian state in the 7th-10th centuries, the students continued their trip to Veliko Tarnovo – the capital of the Second Bulgarian State and the Principality of Bulgaria (1878-1879).

The tour of Tsarevets Fortress and the alley along the Samovodska Charshiya impressed the students with their abundance of colours and authentic atmosphere. The students also attended the opening of a park with models of historical landmarks called “Turnovgrad – the Spirit of One Thousand Years of History” at the foot of Tsarevets Fortress, where emblematic cultural monuments, ports, airports, bridge constructions are displayed on a 12-decare site.

They had the opportunity to visit and to get acquainted with the history of Old Tryavna, Dryanovo Monastery “St. Archangel Michael” and the Yard of the Cyrillic Alphabet. Another memorable part of route was the National Park-Museum “Shipka-Buzludzha”, which is a testimony of one of the most epic moments for the Bulgarian people.


Brilliant Performance and Special Awards for the Folk-Dance Ensemble of MU-Varna at the Festival in Paralia Katerini, Greece

October 9, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Student activity No Comments

The folk-dance ensemble of MU-Varna won two special awards at the Second International Festival “Dragonfly” as a part of the IFF PIERIA 2017 Grand Festival. The event was held from 27th September to 1st October in the resort city of Paralia Katerini, Greece.

The ensemble of MU-Varna, with an artistic director Diana Dimitrova, was awarded with deserved ovation for its spectacular performance of the dance “Rhythms of Shoplouka” by the organizers and guests.

Besides their marvellous performance the 16 students of MU-Varna impressed with their unique beautiful costumes, which were made especially for their participation at the Festival.

To the great delight of all visitors, after the end of the dance performance, the students led a long Horo, passing through the main street of the resort.


Students from 9 Countries Will Present Their Traditional Cuisine and Culture at MU-Varna

April 28, 2017By Antonia GenovaCultur activity, International activity, Upcoming events No Comments

For the fourth year in a row, students and lecturers from MU-Varna will have the opportunity to try interesting dishes and to get a grasp of the culture of 9 different countries – Armenia, Germany, Greece, Spain, Jordan, Russia, Turkey, Finland and Bulgaria. This happens annually at the traditional International Pulse Party – an event, during which students from different nationalities present their own traditional cuisine. The event will take place on the 1st of May 2017 at 21:00 o’clock in ‘Black Sheep Games’ (‘Tsar Simeon I’ 27 Street).  Each student from MU-Varna will be able to compete in games, including darts, pool, PinBall or table football, which will be free from 21:00 to 23:00 o’clock. 

During the party every student will receive a special passport on entrance. The passport will be filled when visiting the culinary tables of separate countries. Behind the deck will be the well-known DJ Happy, who will complete the atmosphere with popular hits from all over the world!

Organisator of this annual event is the Student’s Council of Medical University-Varna and this year, the event is held in support of Varna European Youth Capital 2017.

Welcome and let’s all experience an international atmosphere, combining delicious cuisine, games and great fun!

Top Specialists from Europe Are Going to Discuss Issues of Child Diabetes in Varna

April 1, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity, Science and education No Comments

The fourth postgraduate course of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) – Changing Diabetes will be held at Golden Sands Resort, near Varna, in the period 20-22 April 2017. The International Conference, with the participation of eminent specialists from Italy, Britain, the Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Turkey and Bulgaria, is targeted at diabetologists and endocrinologists, pediatricians, medical students and endocrine nurses across the country.

“The topics in the fourth edition are focused on aspects of the current achievements and expectations in the field of daily management of diabetes and rare endocrine disorders in children and adolescents. Special emphasis will be placed on the new technologies that can be beneficial in social challenges in health care”, said Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova, Director of the course on behalf of VAPED (Varna Association of Pediatric Endocrinology) and organizer of the international scientific event.

More details are available at

Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova is a prominent specialist in pediatric endocrinology and metabolic diseases, a professor at the Department of Pediatrics at MU-Varna and head of Pediatrics at “St. Marina” – Varna.

The World Organization for Spinе Surgery Conducted a Practical Training in Varna

March 30, 2017By Antonia GenovaInternational activity No Comments

A practical course on “Basic Principles of AOSpine – Tumors and Degenerative Spine Diseases” of the world largest organization for Spine Surgery AOSpine was held on 23 and 24 March 2017, in Varna. AOSpine is an international organisation, based in Switzerland, which unites over 10 000 neurosurgeons and orthopedists from around the world, with established national and local communities. The training was organized by Prof. Dr. Yavor Enchev from the Department of Neurosurgery at Medical University-Varna and head of the Department of Neurosurgery at University Hospital “St. Marina”. Among the course lecturers were prominent names from Switzerland, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia, with the participation of specialists from Bulgaria, Armenia, the Czech Republic, Romania, Macedonia, Israel and Iran.

The aim of the training was to help young doctors with special interests in the field of Spine Neurosurgery to acquire basic knowledge and skills. The course provided an extensive theoretical and practical part, in which the participants had the opportunity to work with different instruments on artificial human bones, under the guidance of renowned experts in the field.

“Our goal is to create a section of that organization in Bulgaria. The first steps have been made, and it is a matter of time to congratulate ourselves on the creation of such an organization in our country. Its aim is to improve the quality of education and medical services for patients, who need Spine Neurosurgery, and to create social contacts and methods for improvement within the community itself”, said Prof. Dr. Yavor Enchev.

The new trends in Spine Surgery are striving to achieve the desired effect through minimally invasive methods, with a small skin incision and less blood loss. These technologies facilitate the treatment of conditions that have not been handled so far. In recent decades we have witnessed steady progress in medicine, related to technologies allowing the treatment of diseases, which could not be dealt with in the 70s and 80s of the last century. For example, such a disease is scoliosis, where the results were rather disappointing, using the methods of treatment at that time. At present there is significant progress in this direction.

“A great part of the diseases may be due to genetic inheritance or predisposition. The risk factors are the two extremes, which are not at all beneficial – from super-healthy to sedentary lifestyle”, warned Prof. Enchev.