The National Meeting of the Rectors of the Bulgarian higher education institutions and the project coordinators under Erasmus+ – Key Action 1, Higher Education Sector, was held in Sofia on 27 January 2022.
The event was opened by Mr. Mihail Balabanov, Executive Director of the Human Resources Development Centre. The meeting was attended by Prof. Genka Petrova, DSc – Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Department of Higher Education, who welcomed the participants on behalf of the Minister Mr. Nikolay Denkov.
In terms of correctness and effectiveness in the work of Erasmus+ – Key Action 1, measures and possible irregularities, good practices and outcomes of project verification and monitoring were discussed. An overview of Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020 was provided, and the perspectives under Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 were outlined.
The discussion on the topics – Call for Applications 2022, Digital Erasmus+, and Difficulties Encountered in Administering Projects, was of particular importance.
The organisers of the National Meeting focused on the "2022 – European Year of Youth" initiative, which provides for a number of activities dedicated to young people at European, national, regional and local levels. The European Year of Youth will go hand in hand with NextGenerationEU, which reopens perspectives for young people, including quality jobs and education and training opportunities for the Europe of the Future, and supports young people's participation in society.
More than 120 representatives of higher education institutions in Bulgaria participated at the National Erasmus Meeting. Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, DSc – Director of International Cooperation, Accreditation and Quality Directorate and Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator, took part in the discussion on behalf of Medical University – Varna.
MU – Varna was awarded an Erasmus Charter for the first time in 2007, and it continues to keep up the high level of quality and internationalisation in its overall activities. As a result, it was awarded a Quality Label for its work under Erasmus+ programme in 2018, and in 2020 it was awarded an Erasmus Charter for the new programming period 2021-2027.