The Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange (Bulgarian Fulbright Commission) was officially inaugurated on February 9, 1993, under a ten-year bilateral agreement between the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Bulgaria. On December 3, 2003, a new bilateral agreement was signed between the Governments of the United States and the Republic of Bulgaria establishing the Fulbright Commission in perpetuity.
The main function of the Commission directly derives from the goals of the Fulbright Program worldwide and consists in administering the exchange of Bulgarian and American scholars, students, teachers, school administrators and professionals and disseminating information about opportunities for study, research, teaching and lecturing in the U.S.
Educational advising is another major activity of the Commission that has dramatically expanded since the opening of the Advising Center in 1994. The Center offers ample information and guidance on educational opportunities in the US, admission procedures at US universities, financial aid, paper-based and computer-based testing, language training, the annual Fulbright and other competitions etc. There are regular individual and group sessions from Monday through Friday. Annually, the center services about 17,000 visitors, email and phone inquirers.
In 1995 the Commission established its Language Training Center in Sofia which offers English language instruction at all levels and preparation for the American standardized tests iBT TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT and business English. Annually, the Language Center trains over 500 students.
Every two years since 1994 the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission organizes international Fulbright conferences on key issues relating to education, culture, knowledge and the growth of civil society.
Every year since 2002 the Commission organizes a two-week Fulbright International Summer Institute. FISI offers one and two-week interdisciplinary courses in a variety of fields: political science and international relations, social studies, economics and business, education and communication, cultural studies, etc. The courses are addressed to undergraduate and graduate students and junior faculty from all over the world.
The Bulgarian Fulbright Commission has opened twelve local information centers in the cities of Plovdiv, Burgas, Veliko Turnovo, Rousse, Stara Zagora, Varna, Sliven, Smolyan, Vidin, Shumen, Kurdzhaly and Madan.
The Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Bulgaria and the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Bulgaria serve as honorary chairpersons of the Commission. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Julia Stefanova is the Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission.
For more information visit http://www.fulbright.bg/en/index.html
The State Commission on Information Security (SCIS) is the government authority, which conducts the classified information protection policy of the Republic of Bulgaria. The basic aspects of the SCIS activities are related to the organization, coordination and control over the classified information protection. In order to implement these duties the SCIS performs the following tasks:
For the implementation of the above mentioned tasks the Commission works in close collaboration with the authorities of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the security and public order services.
In accordance with Art. 6, Para 1 of the Classified Information Protection Act, the State Commission on Information Security is a collegiate body comprising five members, including a chairperson and a vice-chairperson. Members of the Commission are nominated by the Council of Ministers on the advice of the Prime Minister. Since 2002 Mrs. Tsveta Markova is chairperson of the State Commission on Information Security.
For more information visit http://www.dksi.bg/en/
National Branch Trade Union "Higher Education and Science" established at June 29, 2001 has sections in 30 universities, academies, institutes and collages. NBS HES is a member of the Confederation of the Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB). CITUB on the other hand is a member of the International Confederation of the Free Trade-Unions and the European Confederation of the Trade-Unions.
Among its main purposes are:
President: Assoc.Prof.Dr. Eng.Lilliana Valcheva
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Founded in 1950 the Institute of Geography strives to provide scientific services to the national, regional, and municipal governments of Bulgaria in the fields of sustainable regional development, nature protection, and raising the quality of geographic education.
The Institute of Geography takes responsibility for the fundamental national research priorities with the goal of raising the competitivness and the sustainable development of the national economy in conditions of globalization and Euro-integration, as well as to preserve Bulgarian nature and the cultural identity of the Bulgarian people.
The Institute's scientific and popular science publications and educational materials provides geographic information about Bulgaria and the world and seeks to engage the public with Global Change problems and global values in all spheres of human life.
There are 43 staff members at the Institute of Geography, 28 of which are Research Fellows. Two of them have "Doctor of Sciences" degrees, while 19 have PhD degrees. Fifteen Research Fellows are tenured and there are eight specialists with a MA in Geography. The Institute has Section on Physical Geography and Section on Economic and Social Geography. There is also a recently established Geo-information Center. The main programs of scientific research and activity include global changes and environmental protection, regional development, European integration and transboundary cooperation, education and training.
In 2008 the Institute became a member of the European Network for University Geographical Education HERODOT. The Institute participates in many national and international projects.
Senior research fellow Dr. Mariana Nikolova is Director of the Institute of Geography at Bulgarian Academy of Science.
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