Standpoints of young people on living abroad

We are pleased to inform you that our short report Standpoints of Young People on Living Abroad is now live.

As part of the BIC activities, an international survey was conducted among young people in six European countries (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Malta, North Macedonia, and Portugal) in the period December 2019 – March 2020. The survey aimed at identifying young people’s feelings, difficulties, and experiences when arriving in a new cultural environment. The respondents’ answers reveal that living in another country could be difficult and challenging but, after all, it is a life-changing experience, which opens your mind to other people and cultures and breaks all stereotypes and prejudices.

Our consortium believes that the short report will be useful for many youth organizations and educational centers when dealing with international mobility.

Varna University of Management

Coordinator, Bulgaria

Varna University of Management (VUM, founded in 1996) is an international business school located in Europe, Bulgaria. Students from over 40 countries receive an excellent education in Business and Marketing, IT, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Gastronomy and Culinary Arts.

VUM offers Bachelor’s and Master’s double-degree programmes, taught entirely in English, in cooperation with universities in countries such as the UK (Cardiff Met), Switzerland (BHMS), the Netherlands (Stenden University). Students study the synchronized curriculum as in the partnering institutions and have to meet up the same high standards in examinations. They graduate with degrees from both the partnering universities and VUM.

Тhe University ranks high for student internships, academic achievements, and international orientation.

VUM maintains excellent connections with businesses and boasts a long-standing success of placing its students with top employers in the USA, Australia, the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, just to name a few.

VUM’s academic and administrative staff develop expertise in the areas of tourism and business administration. Its main achievements are related to research and project development targeting alternative tourism, culinary arts, hospitality management, sustainable development and utilization of IT and new technologies in the areas of tourism and services.

Along with conventional education, VUM provides opportunities for lifelong learning and vocational training through its VET center. Green skills and sustainability awareness are cross-cutting horizontal issues in all training programs. Recently VUM started developing majors in agro-business and agricultural entrepreneurship following the development needs of the Bulgarian agricultural sector and of the Bulgarian Northeast Planning Region (the largest one in Bulgaria), where its headquarters is situated. To this end, it attracted many established scientists from the agricultural research institutes that build the backbone of the programs and attempt at popularizing the practical implementation of agricultural science.

Varna University of Management (VUM) is an affiliated entity and associated partner in the implementation of the Informational campaign CAP for Sustainable Growth: Mission Possible.

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Compared to the past, the world has become globally open and young people need to leave their usual comfort zone and explore different lands through studying, working and travelling. This creates new multicultural environments on places, which are traditionally mono cultural. However, Europe is facing major challenges in promoting social inclusion and cultural diversity as core values that unite the Member States. By exploring and sharing good practices and innovative methods and strategies of dealing with the challenges in multicultural environments for youth organisations and overcoming cultural shock, stereotyping, prejudices, discrimination and stigmatisation through intercultural communication and dialogue among young people, the project “Building Intercultural Competences” will raise awareness among young people about the importance of intercultural communication and mutual understanding.

The general objective of BIC is to help young people understand the importance of social inclusion and cultural diversity and build intercultural competences

Kick-off meeting, Bitola

We are happy to announce the initiation of our project – Building Intercultural Competences: Sharing Good Practices, funded under Erasmus+ Programme. Varna University of Management, together with 5 youth organisations from Greece, Italy, Malta, North Macedonia and Portugal will explore and share good practices, innovative methods and strategies of dealing with the challenges in multicultural environments for youth organisations and overcoming cultural shock, stereotyping, prejudices, discrimination and stigmatisation through intercultural communication and dialogue among young people. The project Building Intercultural Competences will raise awareness about the importance of intercultural communication and mutual understanding. The project started on 1 September 2019. During the last week, the partners were brought together for the kick-off meeting in Bitola, North Macedonia.

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