AmCham HR & Education Committee Meeting
On July 29th, 2020 the HR & Education Committee organized a consecutive webinar to present two opportunities for partnerships. At the opening Iva Todorova, Co-Chair of the committee and Board member presented the recent activities of the Chamber incl. the feedback with proposals that AmCham sent last week to the Ministry of Labor and Social Works with regard of the open for discussion Amendments and Supplements Act of the Labor Code.
Then followed two presentations – first of FEBA, and the second of Teeonvator program. Below you can find their resumes and download additional information.
Collaboration in a business-academic partnership
Opportunities at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEBA)
The FEBA is one of the leading institutions for teaching and research in the field of Economics and Business in Bulgaria and the Balkan region according to research papers of experts of the World Bank. It is part of Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”, which is the oldest (est. 1888) and most prestigious university in Bulgaria. According to a ranking of university education in Economics in Bulgaria, carried out by the Bulgarian Human Resources Management and Development Association, Sofia University graduates are preferred by most employers. Other rankings put FEBA in the Top 3 best performing academic economics institutions. In the new official ranking system of the Bulgarian universities (by the Ministry of Education) Sofia University takes up the top places in “Administration and Management” and “Economics”.
FEBA Career Center
The Career Center at FEBA is not the typical university career center that collects CV-s and communicates them to potential employers. It is dedicated to the development of students’ unique capabilities and its mission is to support FEBA students and alumnus in finding the job that inspires them. For this purpose, the center maintains a sustainable partnership network. Currently it includes more than 80 partnering institutions. Among them are trade and commerce chambers and associations, national and multinational employers, SME-s and startup companies as well as NGO-s and research centers. Together with its partners, FEBA develops a wide spectrum of business-academic activities.
Among the major in-class activities are invited lectures of top experts from the business, integration of real life case studies in the teaching process as well as mentorship in the process of master theses development. Workshops, seminars, and webinars are important part of the faculty out-of-class life. The Career Center at FEBA organizes every year a job fair where FEBA partners meet students and alumnus. In addition, regular career events such as open-doors-days are organized. Some of the FEBA partners refurbish and brand classrooms, create co-working space at FEBA building and donate laptops, books, etc. Other FEBA partners establish scholarships for distinguished students. Last, but not least, FEBA academics are reputable researchers in multiple interdisciplinary fields. Their cutting-edge knowledge is transferred to the business via post-graduate training and industry funded PhD programs.
Teenovator – Teenage Startups in Action
Proznanie Foundation is devoted to make education more efficient, easy and accessible to everyone. Our not-for-profit social activities are based on the belief that education can make profound changes in the society. We provide top-quality educational services to various disadvantages communities, such as children with special educational needs; minorities; refugees; children without parental care and others.
About the program
Teenovator is part of the international network, adapted for Bulgarian schools, in which mentors from start-up and developed companies in Bulgaria and with experience in various fields help students in grades 10 and 11 find their passion and turn it into a winning startup project. The program is free of charge and the format is based on the practical application of successful practices from Stanford University. Design thinking, ‘lean development’, ‘rapid prototyping’, ‘business canvas model’ etc., combined with personal development and ‘soft’ skills, educational games have been implemented as well. Visits to offices of realized companies are also organized. The focus of the program is to stimulate creative thinking and self-confidence in personal capabilities. The meetings between the mentors and the students in the Teenovator clubs are held once a week for a period of one school year in the school premises. At the end of the school year, all teams from the Bulgarian schools attend a national competition and present their business ideas to a jury of investors. The best team from Bulgaria participates in an international competition. The Program started in Bulgaria at the beginning of 2018-2019 school year in 4 schools in Sofia. In 2019-2020 school year it is running in 17 schools in three cities – Sofia, Varna and Vratsa. This school year 34 mentors have been included. Teenovator’s The Program is running in 9 countries on 3 continents.
Teenovator Success Stories for 2019/2020
- EduBots which is already successfully running educational program – it offers sets for assembling robots and training videos in Robotics and has been created by students from Sofia High School of Mathematics, the German Language High School and the National High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
- HappyTree, created by students from 119 SU in Sofia. Their idea is everybody to have the opportunity to give a tree as a present to a special person – the company plants the tree and sends a video and a certificate to the receiver of the present.
- Woof Ball, created by students from 19 SU in Sofia – a light up dog ball made from recycled material which solves a widespread problem of dog owners.
This year the first-place winners will take part in Digital Innovation Hackaton in Berlin, organized by the European Commission in November 2020. The grand prize is participation in pre-accelerator program Innovation Capital’s XL Bootcamp in Sofia which provides the opportunity of winning funding of 25 000 euros.
AmCham HR and Education Committee
Cordially invites members to a Virtual Meeting via Cisco WebEx
Registered members will receive login instructions and an access link 24 hours before the meeting.
10:00 – 10:05 Housekeeping rules
Host: Tatyana Vladimirova, AmCham
10:05 – 10:30 Welcome and Recap of the First Half of the Year
Speaker: Iva Todorova, AmCham HR and Education Committee Co-chair
10:30 – 11:00 Teenovator Program: “Teenovator – the Active Youth”
- Who we are
- About Teenovator Project – goals, what problems we solve, etc.
- Start-up clubs: the process
- Success stories and results
- How we work with partners and possibilities for collaboration
Speaker: Svetlana Savova, Teenovator Project Manager
For Teenovator Program overview, please see HERE
11:00 – 11:30 Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEBA), Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”: “Collaboration in a business-academic partnership: Opportunities at FEBA”
- A brief presentation of FEBA and FEBA Career Center
- Collaboration opportunities at FEBA:
- In-class and out-of-class activities
- Career development of FEBA students and alumnus
- R&D and post-graduate qualification
- Corporate social responsibility
- Examples of successful business-academic partnerships
- How to become FEBA partner?
Assoc. Prof. Boryana Bogdanova, PhD, Vice-Dean “Partnership with the Business and the Alumni Community”, FEBA, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Assoc. Prof. Atanas Georgiev, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Economics & Business Administration, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Head, Department Industrial Economics & Management
Moderators: Iva Todorova and Zlatina Kushkieva, HR and Education Committee Co-chairs
Working Language: Bulgarian
Please note the meeting is open to AmCham members only!
To attend it, please register below by July 28th, 12:00 p.m.