“NBU provides the opportunity for personal, professional and institutional development of the lecturer”
PhD Juliana Hadjitchoneva, lecturer from the department “Administration and management” of New Bulgarian University, tells about her lecturer ‘s mobility in the University in Orlean, France”
Hello , how do you feel after your return from France?
JH: Hello , I’m exceptionally pleased from the conducted lecturer’s mobility in University in Orlean , France. I came back with lots of positive energy and enthusiasm for new meetings , initiatives and challenges in my lecturer and researcher field of work.
You participated in the program Erasmus+ which purpose is to build stable international partnerships for encouragement of innovations and competition in education. How did you choose the university in which you teach?
JH: I’m francophone and that made my choice preset for me. The University in Orlean is acknowledged for researchers in the field of economics and business administration. Many prominent professors are guest-lecturers and teachers there. In their researcher’s laboratory work PhD students from all over the world. I met colleagues researchers from Romania , Germany , China and many more.
What motivated you to participate in this initiative supported by NBU?
JH: It is very important for organizations today to develop their project activity which complements and builds their main activities. In that line of thought , opportunities that Erasmus+ provides must be used to their full extent to the end of program period. This is an additional capacity for our university. Lecturer’s mobility for Erasmus is an ideal opportunity for developing the teachers and researchers potential of the institution. Interaction with international colleagues in their academic environment enriches a lot and brings direct and indirect benefits for the university.
Mobility in this program is carried out on the basis of concluded agreements between NBU and universities from almost every European country. How international cooperation and joint work affect the activities of the lecturers after their return in New Bulgarian University?
JH: In sharing meetings and experiences with students and colleagues , riches in daily exchange in every aspect , striving towards new initiatives and challenges , diversification of lecture courses and transferring knowledge and skills and much more.
How many days was your lecturer’s activity in this program?
JH: It was five days – from Monday to Friday included.
How was your stay?
JH: I received a warm welcome from the colleagues and management. I was introduces to all colleagues – full-time lecturers and researchers in the University Lab. They included me in every initiative , which took place during my stay. I had a full schedule from morning till evening and I managed to work in the university’s library on my research. This was very beneficial for my research in the entrepreneur field. Also I was invited and I presented our university in front of colleagues , guests and international doctor students.
Which were the main subjects of you lectures?
JH: The main subjects of my lectures were related to competitive abilities and policies for improvement of the environment for micro and macro level for entrepreneurship and innovations , agglomerates like mechanism for stimulation of competitive abilities and developing of the so called poles of competition.
What are your impressions from your students and from the academic community?
JH: I encountered cohesive and supportive academic community. The colleagues were open for discussions and extraordinary devoted to their scientific interests and development. The university had invited colleagues from other universities , for example from Germany , which worked on joint research projects. In regard of the students , the PhD students were very focused and thorough in their research and the students from the bachelor programs were very disciplined.
Is there a special moment you won’t forget?
JH: There are many moments which are special to me. They are related to the exchange and regard of the community. I will never forget the silence among the students and their concentration during lectures on macro economy. I have seen interesting for our academic community initiatives , like: prize for presenting PhD developments from the PhD students on the 180 principle , scientific meetings and discussions on PhD studies , joint research projects on the invitation of the university etc.
What is the stocktaking from your journey?
JH: Mobility becomes bigger and bigger part of our everyday life. Similar initiatives are a necessity for the development of modern teaching staff and educational institutions. They contribute for enriching student courses and programs , student exchange , validation of the international look etc. Of course such mobility requires additional effort on its preparation , administration , organization , conducting , reporting which suggest strong motivation. The stocktaking is positive at least in my opinion. It will be good to create such opportunities and incentives for constantly upgrading and sustainability.
What did you learn from your stay?
JH: It would be good if we all are oriented towards more mobility , more research activities , more joint projects. All of us should be more open to the world – it is beneficial for everybody. Tolerance and respect to others must accompany our daily routine without compromise.
What did you teach the students there?
JH: As my daughter says: “For me it is important my teacher to give me his/hers knowledge.” I hope that I succeed fulfilling this expectations everywhere in my line of work. Of course knowledge must be accompanied by sustainable value model.
Will you take part again in mobility for the purpose of teaching which gives the opportunity for NBU teaching staff to guest in European universities for lecturing courses?
JH: I think that this is a necessity for personal , professional and institutional development.
What you would you advice your colleagues which strive towards achievements and haven’t currently took part in the international exchange Erasmus+?
JH: Every person in his lifetime finds his way to achieve everything that he needs to achieve, but this depends on his current development. If he is not sure , read this interview again and find that towards he is striving to.