The Economics of Trade Department Celebrated Its 60th Anniversary by An International Scientific Conference

Thursday, 11 April 2013 19:10

The Economics of Trade Department celebrated its 60th Anniversary by a Jubilee International Scientific Conference. At the official celebration of the jubilee - Department attended Prof. D.Sc. (Econ.) Statty Stattev, Rector of UNWE and patron of the event, Prof. Dr. Borislav Borisov, Honorary Rector and Head of the Intellectual Property Department, Prof. Bernd Hallier, Chairman of the European Retail Academy (ERA) and Director of the EHI Retail Institute, Vice-Rectors, Deans, Heads of Departments, lecturers, Doctoral students and undergraduates, representatives of trade companies and associations.

About the role of the Economics of Trade Department in the public and economic practice spoke Prof. Dr. Yordanka Vladimirova, Head of the Department. She reviewed the academic unit and speciality development since its establishment in 1952 (when it was named Economics and Planning of Internal Trade) until today. Prof. Vladimirova outlined the deep traditions, huge experience in the education, important scientific and practically applied contribution to the scientific research activity of the Department which had formed the speciality Economics of Trade as one of the most attractive and prestigious ones at the university. The Head of Department spoke about the founders, examined the lecturing courses and disciplines, textbooks and academic aids, scientific research elaborations, relations and cooperation with the trade organizations and companies. Prof. Vladimirova also outlined the novelties and perspectives in the academic activity – distance form of education, Master`s Degree Programme on Mobile and Electronic Trade, practical preparation of students from the speciality.

The Presidium of the official assembly (from the left to the right): Assoc. Prof. Yanko Koraliev, Prof. Hristo Parvanov, Prof. Borislav Borisov, Prof. Yordanka Vladimirova, Prof. Statty Stattev, Prof. Bernd HallierХалиер

“Six decades is time for a balance of achievements. This balance is huge, proud and dignified and it is a result of the hard work of generations of lecturers, their loyalty to the academic traditions and spirit, the UNWE mission. With talent and erudition, love to the knowledge and students, with character and dignity you have deservedly approved as highly respected scientists in our country and abroad”, turned in his greeting address to the lecturers from the jubilee - Department Prof. D.Sc. (Econ.) Statty Stattev. The Rector pointed out that from the first academic year at our university had been studied the disciplines Trade Calculus, Trade Knowledge, Trade History, Bulgarian and Foreign Trade Correspondence and also that the celebration of the Department jubilee coincided with the 160 Anniversary from the birth of Prof. Stephan Bobchev, founder and first Rector of UNWE.

Prof. Statty Stattev (on the left) is reading his greeting address to the jubilee-Department.

Prof. Stattev determined the Economics of Trade as an authoritative speciality which had given excellent education and successful professional start to hundreds of young people and created scientific and educational projects which had turned into intellectual base of education. As not less important the Rector outlined the fact that lecturers at the Department had taught students to believe in the good, not to turn their personal convictions in private comfort, to follow their dreams, to stand up for their principles with dignity. “That`s why your Department and speciality are standards for your academic colleagues from other universities”, emphasized in his speech Prof. Stattev. He expressed his confidence that the Department would continue forming the great names in the field of economics of trade as it had always done, with research passion and desire it would join the students to the knowledge teaching them being persons with free spirit and vigilant conscience and would give them the love to the UNWE.

The Rector bestowed Honorary diploma to the Economics of Trade Department for “significant contribution to the UNWE development and in relation to the 60th Anniversary from its establishment”.

The Rector is handling the Honorary diploma to Prof. Vladimirova.

Prof. Dr. Borislav Borisov, Honorary Rector of the university outlined two peculiar reasons for his greeting to the Economics of Trade Department. He reminded the attendants that parents had paid justifiable attention to the education and development of their children and in that relation the speciality Economics of Trade had given a fundamental preparation to the young people, opportunity for prosperity and development and a proof for that had also been his daughter who had chosen and completed the speciality. That`s why I`d like to say thank you on behalf of hundreds of parents whose children have obtained a high life status by the speciality, said Prof. Borisov.  The Honorary Rector outlined that Prof. Vladimirova is extremely efficient, honest, decent, loyal woman and reminded about their long standing joint work including also in the Managing Body during his mandates as a Rector. “That`s why along with the bunch of flowers I present also our respect to Prof. Vladimirova as a colleague and our love to her as a friend”, said Prof. Borisov.

Prof. Borislav Borisov (on the left) is greeting the Department on the occasion of the jubilee.

A greeting speech to the Department made also Prof. Bernd Hallier who spoke about the challenges to the interdisciplinary science and practice of the trade. The collective work of the jubilee - Department was also emphasized by Prof. D.Sc. (Econ.) Hristo Parvanov, Dean of the Economics of Infrastructure Faculty in his address.

Greeting addresses to the Economics of Trade Department were made by Prof. Dr. Yordanka Yovkova, Dean of the Business Faculty and Head of the Economics of Real Estate Property Department, Prof. Tanya Parusheva, Vice-Dean of the Economics of Infrastructure Faculty, on behalf of the Economics of Tourism Department, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Violeta Bakalova, Head of the Economics of Transport Department, Prof. Dr. Philip Todorov, Head of the Business Logistics Department, Prof. Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov, Head of the National and Regional Security Department. Greetings were addressed also by the scientific community of Plovdiv and the University of Food Technology, the Economic University of Varna, D. Tsenov Economic Academy of Svishtov, the Consumer Protection Commission, the Central Cooperative Union, etc. By greetings to the lecturers turned also the undergraduates and Doctoral students from the Department.

At the jubilee celebration at the Large Conference Hall attended the Academic Managing Body of the university. 

The work of the two days Conference on the Trade – Past, Present and Future which started after the official session was focused on the following thematic directions: Tendencies in the Trade Development, Competitiveness of Companies in the Trade, Marketing in the Trade, Financial and Investment Decisions in the Trade. In the Conference programme were included about 60 reports by Bulgarian and foreign scientists and professionals.

Participants in the official session

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