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Varna Free University Chernorizets Hrabar (VFU)

 Contact details
Contact personMrs Kremena Hubcheva
expert International projects and affair 
StreetYanko Slavchev 84 str. 
Address 9007 - Varna (Bulgaria) 
Phone+359 52 359 523 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Languages and Linguistics
» Performing arts
» Philosophy
» Cultural Heritage
» Economics
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Urban studies
» Political science
» Public administration
» Psychology
» Security
» Sociology
» Innovation
» Migration
» Computer sciences
» Information sciences
» Architecture and design
» Business and Management
» Education (incl. persons with learning disabilities)
» Law

 Brief description of your activity focus
Varna Free University is the best private university in Bulgaria, located in the Bulgarian maritime capital on the Black sea coast. We have great expe

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Varna Free University (VFU) was established in 1991 with a resolution of the 37th National Assembly from 21 July
1995, the University was given the status of a higher educational institution. VFU is the first Bulgarian University
awarded from the European Commission with Diploma Supplement (DS) Label and European Credit Transfer and
Accumulation System (ECTS) Label as acknowledgment for its adoption of the Bologna process and of the
universitys proficiency in applying the European Credit Transfer System. The University is also awarded the “HR
Excellence in Research” Logo for top achievements in the field of scientific research. The quality of education is
certified also by the ISO 2001:1994, ISO 2001:2000, ISO 2001:2008 and by UKAS /UK/ and ANAB /USA/. Varna
Free University cooperates with several international and European organizations in the field of education, such
as: European Universities Association, Black Sea University Network.

In the academic year of 2017/2018, VFU delivers a total of 21 Bachelors degrees, 64 Masters degree courses and
23 Ph.D. programs in the field of social, economic, legal, security and humanitarian sciences. It is divided into
three faculties (International Management and Economics, Architecture and Legal Studies).
The university has project management experience, gained by participation and coordination of projects under
programmes like PHARE, Leonardo da Vinci, JEAN MONNET Programme, TEMPUS, DG SANCO, FP6, FP7,
Grundtvig, Erasmus +, Horizon 2020 etc.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» MIGRATION-01-2019: Understanding migration mobility patterns: elaborating mid and long-term migration scenarios
» MIGRATION-02-2018: Towards forward-looking migration governance: addressing the challenges, assessing capacities and designing future strategies
» MIGRATION-03-2019: Social and economic effects of migration in Europe and integration policies
» MIGRATION-05-2018-2020: Mapping and overcoming integration challenges for migrant children
» DT-MIGRATION-06-2018-2019: Addressing the challenge of migrant integration through ICT-enabled solutions
» MIGRATION-07-2019: International protection of refugees in a comparative perspective
» MIGRATION-08-2018: Addressing the challenge of forced displacement
» TRANSFORMATIONS-01-2018: Research for inclusive growth: addressing the socioeconomic effects of technological transformations
» DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-02-2018-2019-2020: Transformative impact of disruptive technologies in public services
» TRANSFORMATIONS-03-2018-2019: Innovative solutions for inclusive and sustainable urban environments
» TRANSFORMATIONS-04-2019-2020: Innovative approaches to urban and regional development through cultural tourism
» TRANSFORMATIONS-05-2018: Cities as a platform for citizen-driven innovation
» TRANSFORMATIONS-06-2018: Inclusive and sustainable growth through cultural and creative industries and the arts
» DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-07-2019: The impact of technological transformations on children and youth
» TRANSFORMATIONS-08-2019: The societal value of culture and the impact of cultural policies in Europe
» SU-TRANSFORMATIONS-09-2018: Social platform on endangered cultural heritage and on illicit trafficking of cultural goods
» DT-TRANFORMATIONS-11-2019: Collaborative approaches to cultural heritage for social cohesion
» DT-TRANSFORMATIONS-12-2018-2020: Curation of digital assets and advanced digitization
» TRANSFORMATIONS-13-2019: Using big data approaches in research and innovation policy making
» TRANSFORMATIONS-14-2018: Supply and demand-oriented economic policies to boost robust growth in Europe - Addressing the social and economic challenges in Europe
» GOVERNANCE-01-2019: Trust in governance
» GOVERNANCE-02-2018-2019: Past, present and future of differentiation in European governance
» GOVERNANCE-03-2018: Addressing populism and boosting civic and democratic engagement
» GOVERNANCE-04-2019: Enhancing social rights and EU citizenship
» DT-GOVERNANCE-05-2018-2019-2020: New forms of delivering public goods and inclusive public services
» GOVERNANCE-06-2018: Trends and forward-looking scenarios in global governance
» SU-GOVERNANCE-07-2020: The Common Foreign and Security Policy and the expanding scope of the EU's external engagement
» GOVERNANCE-08-2018: Partnering for viability assessments of innovative solutions for markets outside Europe
» SU-GOVERNANCE-09-2020: Addressing radicalization through social inclusion
» SU-GOVERNANCE-10-2019: Drivers and contexts of violent extremism in the broader MENA region and the Balkans
» SU-GOVERNANCE-11-2018: Extreme ideologies and polarization
» DT-GOVERNANCE-12-2019-2020: Pilot on using the European cloud infrastructure for public administrations
» DT-GOVERNANCE-13-2019: Digitisation, Digital Single Market and European culture: new challenges for creativity, intellectual property rights and copyright
» GOVERNANCE-14-2018: ERA-Net Co-fund - Renegotiating democratic governance in times of disruptions
» GOVERNANCE-15-2018: Taking lessons from the practices of interdisciplinarity in Europe

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleTransitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability
Specific Themebring together urban communities, researchers, local authorities and SMEs to research, develop, demo
Project websitehttp://www.turas-cities.org/
CoordinatorUniversity College Dublin, National University of Ireland

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
1. Project LUCIDE: Languages in Urban Communities – Integration and Diversity for Europe, Lifelong Learning
Programme, Key Activity 2 Languages, Multilateral Projects.The leading organization is London School of Economics
and the other partners are The Languages Company – London, Sofia Development Association, Municipailty of Agioi
Anargyroi – Kamatero, Athens, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universität Hamburg, Trinity College Dublin,
Università di Roma Foro Italico, Cyprus University of Technology, Utrecht University, Telemarksforsking-Notodden
(Telemark Educational Research), Université de Strasbourg - Groupe d’études sur le Plurilinguisme Européen,
University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme (ILOB) / Official Languages and
Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Melbourne.Area-to develop policy ideas about how to manage the new and
more complex citizen communities. It wants to gather a comprehensive picture of how communication occurs in
multilingual/multicultural settings across the EU and beyond and so to support institutions (councils, schools,
hospitals) and national economies to make better productive use of diversity as an economic resource and also to
shore up social cohesion by fostering better communication and mutual understanding.
2.Project: SEHUD Architecture and Sustainable Urban Development Based on Eco-Humanistic Principles & Advanced
Technologies without Losing Identity,Programme TEMPUS. he leading organization is Polytechnic University of Milan.
20 partner organizations from Ukraine, Italy, France, Spain, United Kingdom and Greece are involved as
partners.Area-creating human & education resources for providing positive changes in national policy & labour
market concerning sustainable city development based on eco-human synergetic interaction.
3.Project Vocational Technology Enhanced Learning (VocTEL),“Lifelong Learning Programme”, Leonardo da Vinci
sectoral programme, Transfer of innovations.The leading organization in the project is Trinity Saint David College,
Carmarthen, Wales, United Kingdom and the other partner organizations are Westdowns AB, Sweden; Cyprus
University, Cyprus; E&X Themeli O.E., Greece; Excellia, Bulgaria.Area-All participants from different fields will be
able to improve their theoretical and practical skills through adopting various computer-based technologies –
planning and applying these technologies, the learning and the questions, related to the practical aspects of the
vocational training.
4.Project “Universitties – Companies Crowdsourcing – UCCrowd”,Lifelong Learning Programme Centralized, Sub-
Programme Erasmus, Action Multilateral Projects – Knowledge Alliances.The leading orgnanisation in the project is
ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon and the other participants are: Galp Energia SA, Universioty of Salford,
Akademia humanistyczno-ekonomiczna wloszi, Università degli Studi Gugliemo Marconi, Enertecna SRL, nštitut za
razvojne in strateške analize, Univercell Battery Co Ltd, Plantijn Hogeschool van de Provincie Antwerpen, University
of Wolverhampton, Cofely Frabricom.Area-Transfer of the crowdsourcing model to academic environment and
encouraging the partnership between companies and universities.To stimulate the economic growth of the European
economy with more qualified labour force,etc.
5.CruiseT - Network of Collaborating Centres for the development of cruise tourism in the Black Sea Region,
programme TEMPUS.The coordinator of the project is the University of Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany. The
project includes and 26 partner organizations from Ukraine, Georgia, Germany, Romania, Slovakia.Area-to promote
cooperation in the field of higher education and training in the field of tourism between the EU and its eastern
neighbors (Georgia, Ukraine), to support the development of tourism and in particular to improve the quality of
cruise tourism in the Black Sea region by strengthening the cooperation between universities and industry and to
improve the attractiveness of higher education in the partner countries of the Black Sea region.
6.CityWalk- Towards energy responsible places: establishing walkable cities in the Danube Region, INTERREG Danube
Transnational Programme.Lead partner is Scientific Research centre Bistra Ptuj, SLOVENIA.The other project partners
are:First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association, HUNGARY,Development Centre Of the Heart of Slovenia,
SLOVENIA,Nyíregyháza Industrial park Ltd., HUNGARY,Cassovia Life Sciences, SLOVAKIA,City municipality Varaždin,
CROATIA,Municipality of Oradea, ROMANIA,Regional Development Agency of the Pilsen Region, CZECH
REPUBLIC,Municipality of Weiz, AUSTRIA,Varna Municipality, BULGARIA,City of Valjevo, SERBIA,Chamber of
Commerce and industry of Serbia, SERBIA,City municipality Ptuj, SLOVENIA,City of Stříbro, CZECH REPUBLIC,
Municipality of Nyíregyháza City with County Rank, HUNGARY,Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure,
SERBIA.Area-Increasing greenhouse gas emissions and congestions are negative side effects of urbanization, resulting
from inefficient and unsustainable local transport systems. A key challenge in cities is to improve transport systems
and accessibility in an environmentally-friendly manner.
7.“AWCAT - Applications and Web Content Accessibility Training” Project,Erasmus+,KA2 Programme.Lead partner is
Akademia Finansow I Biznesu Vistulauczelnia Niepanswowa, Poland. The other project partners are: Fundacja Instytut
Rozwoju Regionalnego, Poland and Johannes Kepler University from Linz, Austria. Area-developing new and
innovative training programs and supporting the dissemination of best practices. The training program will increase
the qualification of computer science students with disabilities in the labor market.
You can see other projects on the website www.vfu.bg

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