The Bulgarian journey towards a multi-institutional campus for Pleven
During a visit to Campus Skellefteå in Sweden as part of the UNICREDS project, Stelian Dimitrov, Associate Professor at Sofia University "St Kliment Ohridski" was inspired by the concept of a multi-institutional campus.
This kind of campus provides a platform for university-level education and may also also vocational and adult education, development projects, high-tech and start-up companies, and becomes a visual knowledge catalyst for change and development in a city or region.
In Pleven, a city in the north of Bulgaria, access to university-level education is difficult. Many young people leave the region to study and to find work, while still more are unable to study because they can't afford to move to another city. Professor Dimitrov saw the potential of the multi-institutional campus to transform a disused military academy building to bring university-level education to Pleven, offering the potential to transform the region's economy and bring a better quality of life to the people who live there.
Find out more about the UNICREDS project and the multi-institutional campus concept at www.unicreds.eu.
Film made by Sound View Media (www.soundviewmedia.co.uk), working with Excess Energy (www.excess-energy.co.uk).
UNICREDS impact on the multi-institutional campus concept for Pleven, Bulgaria
A few words from Stelian Dimitrov, Associate Professor at Sofia University "St Kliment Ohridski" about the impact that the UNICREDS project has had in the development of the concept of a multi-institutional campus for Pleven, Bulgaria to bring better access to higher education to the people living in the region.
For the full story, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzcVE6i7H1I.
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Dr Juha Alarinta, Research Director, University Consortium of Seinäjoki
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Professor Frank Rennie, University of the Highlands and Islands
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Professor Markku Sotarauta, Dean of University of Tampere School of Management
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Professor Norman Sharp OBE
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Christian Saublens, European Association of Development Agencies
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James Fraser, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands
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Eva Cudlínová, University of South Bohemia
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Professor Johan Sterte at the UNICREDS conference on Partnership Development
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