Partnership

VUZF University of finance, business and entrepreneurship

VUZF University is the first private university specialized in the area of finance, insurance and social insurance, management and marketing in Bulgaria and is one of the top performers of delivering quality science and education in the country:
• The faculty members are among the most outstanding scholars, with extensive training and practical experience, being current or former heads of state, local and regional authorities, CEOs of companies, key management of regulatory authorities.
• The faculty members have significant number of scientific publications and had participated in number of projects as project managers, coordinators and experts.
• VUZF University is a member of several corporate and CSR associations like the American Chamber of Commerce, Bulgarian Industrial Association – Union of the Bulgarian Business, UN Global compact, and others.
• The strong relationship with the business organizations allows for a very high professional development of the VUZF students – about 90 percent of the graduates start work in the field of the acquired major in banks, insurance, social insurance or commercial companies.
• Since its establishment the university has developed and participated in a series of scientific, social and other projects, both with EU and its own financing.

Business Foundation for Education

Recognized education provider, experienced in development and testing of innovative education and training methodologies for entrepreneurship skills, in designing of learning solutions, based on distance learning platforms, in validation of skills and learning outcomes.
The Business Foundation for Education (BFE) is a recognized leader in lifelong learning and career guidance in Bulgaria. Its national initiatives have huge impact on citizens:
• Since 2005 BFE has established a network of 37 university career centers, trained and certified over 1000 career counselors under the Global Career Development Facilitator program.
• BFE launched the National internship platforms in the state administration and introduced internship methodology in the Bulgarian universities and private organizations.
• Its Career Club flagship initiative has been adopted by the Ministry of Education as a model for career guidance in Bulgarian schools.
• BFE experts are involved in the development of the Ranking System of Bulgarian Higher Education, qualification of university professors and pedagogical advisors; capacity building for lifelong learning initiatives and career guidance in the Ministry of Education, National Employment Agency and National Revenue Agency.
• BFE initiated the national contest for career guidance practices and implemented study on career motivation of Bulgarian students (2007), on young people’s employability skills (2010) and on cooperation models between business and HEI in Bulgaria (2013).
So far the Business Foundation for Education has implemented more than 30 European projects directed to personal and career development, social inclusion, employability and entrepreneurship, innovative teaching and learning.

D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics

D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics is a leading economics and business higher education institution in Bulgaria with 80 years of history, 140 000 alumni and a well-established reputation in education, science and project management. It is composed of 4 faculties, 19 departments, an Institute for Scientific Research, 17 academic centres and auxiliary units (incl. Centre for Distance Learning, Centre for Postgraduate and Continuing Education, etc.). TAE is accredited HEI. TAE has been awarded by the Bulgarian National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency with an institutional accreditation of “Very Good”.
TAE employs more than 220 persons academic staff, annually teaching more than 8,000 Bulgarian and foreign students in all three study cycle of higher education. It offers full-time, part-time and distance-learning study in 17 Bachelor’s degree, 42 unique Master’s degree, and 16 Doctoral degree programmes in Economics, Business and Administration. The areas of specific expertise of TAE are: finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting, audit, risk management, quality management and assurance, social care, insurance, social media, international business, regional planning, public and business administration, e-learning, etc.
TAE actively participates in various programmes of the EU, inter-university educational networks and multinational higher education projects. TAE has established 64 bilateral contracts and 111 agreements under Erasmus+ programme. TAE is a member of the EUA, ASECU and the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria.

11235 Ltd.

11235 Ltd. is a data-driven solution provider operating from its offices in the UK and Bulgaria. We offer a wide range of solutions as Analytical CRM, Gamification, Loyalty, Campaign management, Credit scoring, Risk management and Loan management. In addition, we provide consulting services in areas such as marketing effectiveness and customer satisfaction measurement, factor analysis, segmentation, products profitability, forecast time series and many other fields of analysis and statistics.

11235’s gamification platform is based on the latest trends in gamification. It combines interaction design, psychology, and data analysis to enable personalized challenges, social competition, group collaboration, and meaningful rewards to truly motivate and engage your customers or employees.

Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (IED)

The Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (iED) is a Greek Organization committed to the promotion of innovation and the enhancing of the spirit of entrepreneurship.
By recognizing entrepreneurship as a crucial factor for the development and cohesion of societies, we develop research and are in a position to provide innovative solutions that facilitate the growth of healthy entrepreneurship and promote employment. In order to achieve our goal, we adopt an anthropocentric approach and cooperate with social, academic and business partners from Greece and abroad, aiming at producing and transferring know how, promoting entrepreneurial culture and enhancing the effectiveness and viability of enterprises.

University of Lodz

The University of Lodz consist of 12 faculties provide programmes in 90 fields of study, 165 specialisations and 90 postgraduate programmes and host around 37,000 students. The interest in studying at the University of Lodz is determined not only by high quality of teaching, but also by modern programs of study offered in Polish, English and French, and adapted to the changing demands of the labour market. The University treats international cooperation as a way to foster its development and continue the city’s tradition. The University is repeatedly ranked among the top higher education institutions in Poland, and it especially excels in such fields of study as management, law, and economics. The Faculty of Management University of Łódź is one of the largest business school in Central Europe offering wide range of courses on bachelor, master, doctoral level and MBA studies (currently over 5000 students take part in all forms of education). Though the Faculty of Management is a fairly young business school, there has been significant growth in intellectual potential since it was established.  The Faculty offers a number of specialized postgraduate studies that focus on vocational competences in the area of e.g. entrepreneurship, accounting, human resources, quality management, innovation implementation, public administration, information technologies, logistics, etc. The programs of the postgraduate studies are designed to meet the employers requirements and focus on building the knowledge and skills needed in a particular job.

University Titu Maiorescu

University Titu Maiorescu (UTM) is a top private university in Romania constantly developing since its founding in 1990. UTM has around 500 faculty staff and over 8000 students (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degree) within its departments: Psychology, Economical Sciences, Law, IT, Social Sciences, Medicine, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy.
The university is member of European Universities Association (EUA), International Association of Universities (IAU) and European Association of Erasmus Coordinators (EAEC), being involved in bilateral cooperation through LLP Erasmus.
In the past 5 years, UTM was involved in over 17 development projects financed by the European Social Fund, besides other national and international research projects. Out of these, 4 projects targeted developing entrepreneurial skills (total budget aprox. 5.475.000 Euro), targeting over 1100 trainees. Career guidance has been the focus of 7 projects (total budget aprox. 6.500.000 Euro), reaching over 11.000 students, developing needs analysis reports, counseling methodologies and managing project teams of up to 50 members/project. There are 2 resource centers meant to support entrepreneurship within the university. Career development is well represented through the Career Counseling Center and social entrepreneurship is one of the career paths explored through the activities in the centers.

Sheffield University Management School

Sheffield University Management School is a leading business school with a world-class reputation for high quality teaching, ground-breaking research and cutting-edge thinking.
Research at Sheffield University Management School is internationally excellent, shown by its REF 2014 research performance. Members of staff engage in socially responsible research, publish high quality papers and actively engage non-academic users in order to make a positive difference to organisations and society. In line with the school’s mission, their research strategy is to consolidate and further develop existing research strengths on rethinking and enacting socially responsible work practices. Research at Sheffield University Management School is internationally excellent, shown by its REF 2014 research performance.
Focused on sustainability and social responsibility, Sheffield University Management School has created a research environment that builds specialist capacity and nurtures the next generation of management academics. The role of The Sheffield Academic is clearly articulated: ‘The pursuit of research excellence in relation to questions of high significance and public value in different fields of study, through the provision of intellectual leadership, support of the professional practice of the research community and the display at all times of the highest standards of research ethics and integrity.’