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The Summer School in Economics Incites Discussion and Knowledge Sharing Among Recent Graduates and Postdoctoral Researchers

April 07, 2017

The conference-type Summer School in Economics will take place for the second time this summer, from August 8 to August 11, 2017. It is intended for young academics and postdoctoral researchers in the Economics field. In collaboration with the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), the event was conceived by the Balkanski-Panitza Institute for Advanced Study (BPIAS), an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of innovation and excellence in sciences, technology, humanities and social studies. Organizing this year’s convention is Dr. Andrey Gurov, AUBG Finance professor and member of the board of BPIAS and Simona Zlatkova, president of the Economics Club at AUBG.

Last year’s edition of the Summer School, built on applying scientific concepts and findings into real life, was a great success. Theoretical and empirical research met practical approach in a relaxed atmosphere. Renowned lecturers of global impact shared knowledge and experience with talented young economists. Serving as a networking hub, the convention brought interaction between attendees and possibilities of future collaboration.

“I am greatly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Summer school. It was very useful for me, and I am convinced that it will help me in my future professional and personal development,” Daniela Georgieva, Assistant Professor, IBS

Phillipe Aghion, Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, acted as the keynote speaker while other lecturers included prominent young Bulgarian economists such as Stefanie Stancheva of Harvard University and Julian Kolev of SMU Cox School of Business.

Nikolay Vasilev, former Minister of Economics of Bulgaria and Nina Budina,
representative of the International Monetary Fund, provided different perspectives on the discussed topics.

The five-day Summer School 2016 included, along with the core lecture series in the morning, various special topics presentations in the evening. Early afternoons were reserved for walks and small group interactions while poster sessions allowed all participants to receive general research guidance as a complement to the specific topics covered by the speakers.

“I had many great moments and a lot of valuable experiences at the Summer School in Oryahovitsa. I would like to thank the Balkanski-Panitza Institute for Advanced Study for the great organization and the interesting events. I enjoyed all the lectures and especially those provided by Professor Aghion and Assistant Professor Stantcheva. I was very interested in Professor Aghion’s lectures on economic growth because I also do research in this area,” Kalina Durova, PhD candidate, South-West University "Neofit Rilski"

The Summer School in Economics 2017 aims once more to bring together academics, industry experts, and policy makers, improving not only the cooperation between different segments of the profession, but also the visibility of Bulgaria and the region as embodied by the talented young participants.

The 2017 convention represents a unique opportunity for students to learn from globally recognized distinguished lecturers, to broaden their perspectives, to meet with fellows from the region and establish networks and friendships vital for their future professional and personal development. Engaging with practitioners and policy makers allows for a deeper understanding of the trends and patterns in the regional and world economy through sound academic research.

“I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the Summer School in Economics that took place in Oryahovitza. It was an experience hard to describe. By being part of such an inspiring academic environment [and] being present at the lectures of such renowned economists, I acquired unexpected, even to myself, confidence and desire to work more in the academic sphere. It was definitely a memorable and inspiring experience,” Mariya Danchova, PhD candidate, South-West University "Neofit Rilski"

The ultimate purpose is to see the Summer School become a regular event, leaving a lasting mark on how Economics is taught and shaping the next generation of Balkan leaders.

If you wish to be a part of it, apply for participation in the 2017 Summer School in Economics by submitting a CV, motivational letter and a research statement. There is a participation fee of 1,000 BGN which covers access to all lectures and activities, as well as study materials, accommodation and meals. Scholarships will be provided to high-quality candidates on a competitive basis.

Story by Despina Koleva-Hristova

Photos by Jeffrey Nielsen

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