HONORARY PROFESSORS OF THE NEW BULGARIAN UNIVERSITY
The New Bulgarian University awards with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" distinguished persons, contributed to the science, culture and teaching at the New Bulgarian University.
Prof. Robert Young
On 21st August 1999, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his contribution to the teaching of psychoanalysis at the New Bulgarian University and for the development of program “Psychology”. At the ceremony, Prof. Young delivered an academic speech “What can the psychoanalysis offer to the new democracies”. R. Yung is a professor at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies - Sheffield, England. He has a private psychotherapeutic practice, teaches in different training programs in England and abroad and is member of the Lincoln Center and the Institute for Psychotherapy and the Institute for Psychotherapy and Social Studies. He studied philosophy at the University of Yale and for many years has taught History of Biological Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. He is member and mentor of graduates at King’s College. Afterwards he worked in the sphere of cultural policy and produced a series of documentary films – “The trial: the science in society”. He is founder of publishing house “Free Association Books” and for ten years has been its managing director. He is editor of the journals “Free Associations” and “The Science as culture” and author of the books “Mind, brain and adaptation” (Oxford, 1970, 1990) and “Darwin’s Metaphor: the place of nature in the Victorian culture” (Cambridge, 1985).
Prof. Raina Mihailova
On 20th April 2000, she was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of New Bulgarian University" for her many years’ creative and pedagogical activity in the programs of “Musical Arts” Department. At the ceremony, the students of Raina Mihailova presented a concert. Raina Mihailova made her debut on the stage of Sofia Opera on 17 December 1943 in the role of Marienka in the opera “Sold Bride” of Smetana. Soon afterwards she was appointed a soloist and quickly gathered considerable soprano repertoire. Among her memorable roles are Mimi “La Boheme” of Puccini, Violeta in “Traviata” of Verdi, Neda in “Clowns” of Leoncavalo, the Countess in “Wedding of Figaro” of Mozart, Pamina in “Magic Flute”, as well as a number of vivid characters in Russian operas: Oxana in “Cherevichki” of Tchaikovsky, Antonida in “Ivan Susanin” of Glinka, Marfa in “Tsar’s fiancée” of Rimsky-Korsakov. Prof. Raina Mihailova is one of the founders of Department “Musical and Stage Arts” at New Bulgarian University.
Prof. Serafim Serafimov
On 21st January 2000, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his achievements in the sphere of design and artistic culture, versatile and fruitful work in the programs of department "Applied arts". Prof. Serafimov defended his doctorate at the Berlin Academy of Arts and his associate professorship at the Academy of Art and Design “Burg - Ciebichenstein” - Halle. Since 1965, he focused his work on the pedagogical field. He worked as an assistant professor, associate professor and guest professor at the Academy of Art and Design “Burg - Ciebichenstein” in Germany and as associate professor at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. He was awarded with order “Kiril and Metodii” I grade and “Red flag of labor”, as well as with the award for achievements in the field of art “Cutes Dezidn”, Germany. Prof. Serafimov is one of the founders of Department “Applied Arts” at NBU, where he teaches at present.
Prof. Raina Kabaivanska
On 14th November 2000, she was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for her contributions to world music culture and to the development of the New Bulgarian University. Raina Kabaivanska is a world famous opera singer. Her debut is in Puccini’s "Cape" at the opera theatre of Vercelli, Italy in 1959 and at La Scala in Milan in 1961 in the opera "Beatrice di Tenda". Her best roles are Tosca, Madam Butterfly, Adriana Lekuvrior, and Manon Lescaut. She has been awarded with prestigious world awards: "Lorenzo the Magnificent" from the Academy for fine arts in Medici, Florence 1990, "Monteverdi" (1980), "Giacomo Puccini" (1978), "Ilica" (1979), order “Stara planina”, "A Life dedicated to music" – for the year 2000. She teaches master classes at New Bulgarian University, at the Musical Academy in Modena and at the Academy Kiggiana in Siena. An expression of her generosity and devotion to the opera art is the establishment of a fund “Raina Kabaivanska” at New Bulgarian University for national and international scholarships for opera singing education.
Prof. Milcho Leviev
On 10th May 1999, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his contribution to the Department “Musical and Stage Arts” at NBU and in relation to his 60th anniversary. Milcho Leviev graduated at Bulgarian State Conservatory in the composition master class of Prof. Pancho Vladigerov. He has been Conductor of the National Radio Big Band (1962 - 1966), composer and pianist for the Jazz Focus'65 quartet (1965 - 1970). In 1970 he accepts the invitation of the avant-garde trumpeter Duke Ellis and becomes performing pianist and arranger for his Big Bend in Los Angeles. He is author of numerous compositions in different genres: symphony, chamber music, jazz arrangements. He has written music for the films: “Hot midday”, “Monday Morning”, “Diversion”, “Letter to America”. Among his famous compositions are: "The Green House", "Orpheus, " Sweet Pie", "Fire Walkers", "Balkan Cowboys" etc. He has been awarded with order “Stara planina" (1997), "Dramalogue" Award (1987), and nominated for Grammy Awards.
He teaches a master class at New Bulgarian University.
Prof. Borimir Krustev
On 21st January 2000, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his contribution to the consolidation and strengthening of the Center for Foreign Languages as its many years’ Director. Prof. Krustev is among the most distinguished teachers in the field of comparative linguistics, stylistics, rhetoric, and language culture. He was awarded with the order “Sts. Cyril and Methodius” ²² grade, as well as with the order of the Government of Republic of France “Commander in the Order of the Academic Palms” – for his teaching at the French universities in Strasbourg and Aix-en-Provance. Among his publications are “Diminutiveness in Bulgarian language”, 1976, “Economy in Bulgarian language”, 1981, “Morphology of Bulgarian language in 187 model tables”, 1984, “Grammar of communication”, 1991, “Grammar for all”, 1993, “Handbook for cultivated speech”, 1995, “Popular rhetoric”, 2005 and lots of others.
Prof. Vasil Dimitrov
On 20th November 2000, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of New Bulgarian University" for his overall contribution to New Bulgarian University and special achievements in direction "Psychological Theatre" in the programs of department “Theatre”. The official ceremony of awarding the title was held at the Chamber Hall of State Satiric Theatre “Aleko Konstantinov” after debut of the actor in the performance “The pigeon”. He studied acting in 1958 at the Higher Theatre Institute "Krustyo Sarafov" in the class of prof. Krustyo Mirski, Ph.D. For three seasons he worked at the Bourgas Theatre. For five seasons he worked at the Youth Theatre in Sofia. Afterwards, he devoted 30 seasons to New Drama Theatre "Sulza i smyah", where he was working since the founding of the theatre in 1966. He was awarded at the Festival for chamber forms in Vratsa for his role of Creon in “Antigona” of Jean Anui. He had played in performances of Dimitrina Gyurova, Pavel Pavlov, Krasimir Spasov. Together with the director Mladen Kiselov, he worked on “Wife of Tolstoy and “Streetcar Named Desire”. He has taken part in many theatre and TV performances, films and series: "Alone among wolves", "At night with white horses", "Exams at any odd time”, "Reserve", "Hear the cock", "The best man I know". He is laureate of the awards - “Askeer – ‘99” for the role of Chebutikin in “Three sisters”, “Askeer, 2001”, award for male role with the performance “The pigeon” at the Festival for chamber theatre forms, 2001. He teaches in program “Acting for psychological theatre” at the New Bulgarian University.
Prof. Antony Slavinski
On 29th November 2000, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his overall contribution to New Bulgarian University and special merits to Department “Telecommunications”. Prof. Slavinski delivered an academic speech "Challenges of information society and our readiness to face them". Antony Slavinski is member of the Supreme Council and the Central Bureau of the Democratic Party – People’s Union. During the period 1999-2001 he was Minister of Transport and Communications. Since 14th March 1994, he is member of the Board of Trustees of NBU. He has worked as Chair of the Coordination Council on the issues of the Information Society to the Council of Ministers, Chair of the Commission for privatization of BTC EAD to the Council of Ministers, member of the Council for Development of Infrastructure to the Council of Ministers, and the Council for Structural Reform to the Council of Ministers, of the Board of Trustees of AFCEA, chapter Sofia, co-chairman of the joint intergovernmental commissions for economic, industrial, trade and technical cooperation with Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Romania, Iran, Macedonia, Georgia. Prof. Slavinski is head of Department “Telecommunications” and lecturer at the New Bulgarian University.
Prof. Alexander Djerov
On 3rd April 2001, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his contribution to the development of NBU and consolidation of Department “Law” in the scientific sphere. Prof. Djerov delivered an academic speech on the topic “Legislative changes in the sphere of real right”. Alexander Djerov is among the best Bulgarian jurists in the sphere of real right. He was elected member of the 7th Great National Assembly from the Union of Democratic Forces. He has been working as Chair of the Legislative Commission. He was elected member of the 36th Ordinary National Assembly; Chair of the Parliamentary Legislative Commission; member of the 37th and 38th National Assembly from People’s Union and since 1999 – Vice-Chair of the 38th National Assembly on a rotational principle. He is member of the Radical-democratic party since its establishment. Since 1994 he is professor at the Specialized Scientific Council for Jurisprudence. He is author of more than 50 scientific publications and one monograph.
Prof. Ivanka Apostolova
On 20th December 2001, she was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for her overall contribution to NBU and its consolidation as a modern educational institution, for her activity as a scholar, teacher and researcher.
Prof. Apostolova read an academic lecture on the topic "Philosophy of science and psychoanalysis – Pauli and Yung". During the period 1995-2002, Prof. Ivanka Apostolova was Rector of NBU. Since 20th May 2002, she is member of the Board of Trustees of NBU and teacher in philosophy at the New Bulgarian University. Prof. Apostolova has worked as Director of the Center on Philosophy of Education, scientific secretary of the United Center of Philosophy and Sociology, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Head of Philosophy Department at SU “St. Kliment Ohridski”, advisor of the Rector of the Bourgas Free University, head of Philosophy Department at SU “Kliment Ohridski”. Among her publications are the books “Between the Physics and the Philosophy”, 1969, “Style of Thinking”, 1971, “Humanization of Science”, 1975, “Physicists in front of axiological problems”, 1985, and “Philosophical premises and Scientific Community”, 1991. She participated with reports at six world congresses of philosophy.
Prof. Ivan Veselinov
On 24th March 2003, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of New Bulgarian University" for his contributions to NBU and Bulgarian animation cinema. Prof. Veselinov presented his works by the animation films - “Dog Brand (Kuche marka)”, “Little hand – little mitten (Rachichka-rakavichka)”, “Story with a wolf” and “Camouflage”. His films have won many international awards. Among the newest items in his filmography is the film “Manon Lescaut”, a series of the film "Orville and Cuddles" for BBC London, joint film with Vulo Radev for EXPO "Tsekuba" – Japan, series of “Orthodox calendar”, the films “Dog Story”, “Camouflage”, “Story with a wolf”, “Attempt at florescence”, “Little plasticine play”, “Parallel straights”, “Let there always have kites”. In the 70s he made the films – “Duckling and the alder”, “Little hand – little mitten (Rachichka-rakavichka)”, “Game of gravitation”, “Hei rachichki hei gi dve (popular Bulgarian nursery rhyme)”, “The star”, “Funny sugar cockerel”, “The blackest mouse”, “Dandelion song”, etc. In his early creative career he made films like “Petyo – the black pirate”, “What shall I become?”, “The Don Quixote’s case”. He had made exhibitions in France, Austria, Algeria, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria… He illustrated a number of books, and is author of posters and caricatures in Bulgarian an foreign press. He won first prize at the National Caricature Exhibition, 1996, the Award “Ilia Beshkov” of the Union of Bulgarian Artists for satiric graphic and caricature, 1988, the Award of the Mayor of the city of Algeria for caricature, 1983, Honorary diploma for contribution to the development and promotion of Bulgarian culture from the Ministry of Culture, 1997, orders “Cyril and Methodius”" II grade and I grade, 1972 and lots of others. Since 1997, he teaches animation production at the New Bulgarian University.
Prof. Sofia Shishmanova
On 24th March 2003, she was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for her scientific and teaching activity and contribution to the sphere of television technology and equipment. Prof. Shishmanova delivered an academic speech “Thinking within digital environment” and presented the student film “Green forest” of the student Dimitar Slavchev, studying in “Graphic Design” program. The professional realization of professor Shishmanova passed through the Bulgarian National Television and the Television and Radio Committee – Laboratory for technical development and introduction of new devices, teaching and reviewing a number of programs and courses, related to art technology, television and cinema. Among her numerous scientific publications are the books “Principles of television”, 1986, “Television devices and technologies”, 1992, “Digital cameras”, 2002. She produced the training film “Principles of color television”. She participated in the international project of Ministry of Education and Culture - “Establishment of a National technological information and distribution center (NTIDC)”. She is holder of the awards Silver order of labor – 1972, the Award of STU (Scientific-Technical Union) for active participation in the activity of the union – 1970, the Award of STU for development of the technical facilities of BNT – 1969. Recently she became member of the Expert group “Multimedia Technologies” to the Ministry of Education and Science. Since 1994, she is teaching at the New Bulgarian University.
Prof. Tsvetana Maneva
On 30th March 2003, she was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for her overall creative and teaching activity in the programs of Department “Theatre” and for contribution to the development of modern training methods at NBU. The official ceremony was held at Theatre 199 after the performance “The vagina monologues” of Eva Ensler. Among the great films, in which Prof. Maneva is playing, are “On the roofs at night”, “Yan Bibiyan”, “Wanted husband for mum”, “Don’t be angry, man”, “Dangerous charm”, “The way to Sofia”, “The war of the Hedgehogs”, “Mercy for the living”, “Ladies ask”, “The weddings of Yoan Asen”. Among her roles are – Yovkov’s Albena, Shakespeare’s Juliet, Sultana of “The iron candlestick”. Tsvetana Maneva, as an actress, is bearer of prestigious national and international awards, among which – order “Stara planina” for her overall contribution, the award of the Union of the Actors “Icarus” – for overall contribution, the award “Golden chest” – for best female role, the honorary award “Golden rose” and lots of others. Tsvetana Maneva is teaching in the program “Acting for Psychological Theatre” at NBU.
Prof. Alexander Fol
On 21st May 2003, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of New Bulgarian University" for his overall creative and teaching activity in the programs of Department “Mediterranean and Eastern Studies” and for his contribution to the development of the sciences of ancient times at NBU. He delivered an academic speech on the topic "The man within the types of time and spaces". Prof. Fol has realized wide research work in the sphere of ancient and Bulgarian culture, in the field of ancient history and thracology. He has devoted more than 40 years to teaching. He is founder of the Thracology Institute at BAS, and was director of from 1972 to 1992. he had read lectures in England, Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Japan. He had been Minister of Education and Deputy Minister of Culture. He was awarded with order "Stara planina” - I grade and with the Order for art and science of France.
Prof. Dimitar Hristov
On 22nd May 2003, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his contribution to Department “Musical Arts” and his extremely active creative and pedagogical activity at New Bulgarian University. He delivered an academic lecture on the topic "The music around us – a brand new essence". He is publishing the magazine “Music. Yesterday. Today.” and editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Bulgarian musicology”. He composed the operas “Play” and “Golden fish”. Among his scientific publications and compositions are: Two series on Pencho Slaveykov, Series Vaptsarov, Series Yavorov, Contemplations of a lonely violoncello, The violoncello is leaving the right hand of the piano, “January” for 4 performers and percussion instruments, who are playing and reading texts of Radichkov, Processions almost without conductor, as well as “Book for choir”, “Composition ideas on the fugues of “Well tempered piano” of Johan Sebastian Bach”, “Hypotheses of the polyphonic structure”, “Towards theoretical principles of melody”, “Two-part interventions of J. S. Bach”, “The categories of East and West in the search of own meaning in music and education”, “The pedagogue as an actor in solitude…”. He initiated the international projects “World history of music”, “World coordination of the musical diplomas”. His highest award is that of the International Academy of Arts in Paris. He is founder of “International Composers’ Studio”, member of “Frank Callaway” Foundation in Australia, member of the Board of the World Bibliography Institute in USA, correspondent for Bulgaria of the World Repertoire for Musicology in USA, member of the Presidium of SAC (Supreme Attestation Commission).
Prof. Lyudmil Mavlov
On 3rd June 2003, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his overall creative and teaching in the programs of department “Cognitive Science and Psychology” and for his contribution to the development of the modern training methods at NBU. He read an academic lecture on the topic "Language and intelligence". Prof. Mavlov has specialized and worked in the sphere of neurology and psychiatry at the Charles University in Prague, at the Neurological ward of the Regional hospital in Varna, at the Neurological ward of Transport hospital in Sofia, at the Neurological Clinics of University hospital “Alexandroska” to the Higher Medical Institute in Sofia, at the University hospital “Salptrire” in Paris, etc. He has also been Research Fellow at the Institute for Brain Studies of BAS, the Laboratory for Neuropsychology at the Institute for Brains Studies of BAS. He is member of the Commission of philosophical, psychological and pedagogical sciences at SAC, the Commission on medical sciences at SAC. Prof. Mavlov is Chair of the Specialized Scientific Council of Neurology and Psychiatry at SAC and Neurology Advisor of the Ministry of health, as well as member of the Council for Central and Eastern European Institute for Cognitive Science, and lots of others. He has worked as editor-in-chief of “Neurologia Balkanica”, member of the editorial board of “Bulgarian Psychological Journal” and of the journal “Special pedagogic”.
Prof. Boryana Piriova
On 3rd July 2003, she was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for her overall creative and pedagogical activity in the programs of Department “Cognitive Science and Psychology” and for contribution to the development of the modern training methods at NBU. She read an academic lecture on the topic "Brain, mind and emotions". Prof. Boryana Piryova is a physiologist and neurobiologist with rich pedagogical, research and expert contribution to the university in Bulgaria. He has worked at the Physiology Department at the Medical University in Sofia. She is author of a number of specialized publications in the field of psychology, neurobiology and language functions, among which are the publications “Functions of the kidney”, “Biological psychology” and “Behavioral medicine” and the team studies “Kidney and body fluids», “Physiological regulation of main vital processes”, “Physiology of movements and physical work”, “Human anatomy and physiology”. She is member of the Specialized Scientific Council of Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathophysiology, of the Scientific Expert Council of Medicine at the National Fund for scientific studies of the Ministry of Education and Science, and Chairperson of the Commission for Biological and Microbiological Sciences at SAC, etc.
Prof. John Deely
On 2nd June 2005, he was awarded with the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his contribution in the sphere of semiotics and philosophy and the development of the Master’s and Doctor’s programs in semiotics at NBU. Prof. Deely read an academic lecture on the topic “Te idea of the university”. Prof. Deely has been teaching at a number of universities, among which the University of “Saint Thomas", Houston, USA, the University of Helsinki, the University of Mexico City, the University in Belo Horizonte – Brazil, the University in Bloomington, Indiana. In the spring of 2005, Prof. Deely was a guest professor at NBU under Fulbright program. He has been awarded two times with the best essay award “Mouton”, he had won the first prize for research work of the Stein School, University of Saint Thomas, Houston (2003), and elected Vice-President (in 1999) and President (in 2001) of the Semiotic Community in the USA, and is Vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. He has published 13 monographs and 2 scientific publications, and edited a number of studies.
Prof. Randall Baker
On 18th October 2005, he was awarded the title "Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University" for his contribution to the Center for Public Administration and to the development of the New Bulgarian University. Prof. Baker read an academic lecture: “The need of liberal education”. Prof. Baker is a scholar and public figure, teaching as a guest-lecturer at more than 60 universities throughout the world in Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, in the spheres of ecology, international relations, foreign policy and management. He is member of Amnesty International, Rotary International, International Institute of Administrative Sciences, etc. Since 1969, he is teaching “Ecology and study of development” at the University of Norwich (Great Britain), and during the period 1975-1978 he has been Dean of the School of Development Studies at the same University. In 1977 he was elected president of Norfolk Branch of the Geographical Association. He has been working in the establishing committee of the American University in Russia, set up after the initiative of the American President, and as advisor on lots of master’s programs in Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Moldova, Macedonia, mainly in the sphere of public administration. Since 1985, he is Director of the international programs and lecturer at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at the University of the State of Indiana (USA). He is the principal advisor of the master’s programs in Public Administration and Business Administration at the New Bulgarian University, and has also assisted in the elaboration of the master’s programs in Cognitive Science and Clinical and Social Work.
Dr. Nikolay Serdev , DMSci
Dr. Nikolay Serdev received an Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University title on 24 October, 2006 for his contribution to the University and for establishing the University Postgraduate Program in Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine. Dr. Serdev delivered an academic speech entitled Serdev’s Mini Invasive Methods: a Contribution to Aesthetic Surgery. Serdev, DMSci is a surgeon with practical and research contribution to the aesthetic surgery field. He has been the Chair of the National Bulgarian Society for Aesthetics Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine and Manager of the Medical Center of Aesthetic Surgery, Aesthetic Medicine since 1993. He has been National Consultant in Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine, Ministry of Health, Bulgaria since 2006. Within the period of 1998 – 2002 and from 2002-2004, he was President of the Balkan Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and at present he is the Chairman of its Board. Doctor Serdev has been an Honorary Professor of the East- Asian Cosmetic Surgery Academy since 2005, he is the Managing Editor of 3 international journals of cosmetic medicine & surgery, published in the USA, Spain and online. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International and European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. He is a Member of the Board of the International and European Cosmetic Surgery Academies, Member of the Board of the Trustees and Member of the International Examiners of the International Cosmetic Surgery Board. He has numerous awards: Honorary Fellow of the Australian, South African, French and Romanian Cosmetic surgery Academies, the Excellency and Devotion in Aesthetic Surgery Award, a World Leader in Cosmetic Surgery Award, he is also among the top 100 cosmetic surgeons of the millennium. Serdev, DMsci has been awarded The Best Cosmetic Surgeons in Europe and Excellence medals.
Professor Krikor Azarian
Professor Krikor Azarian received an Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University title on 7 December, 2006 for his contribution to the University and for his contribution to the University and to the Theater program of the New Bulgarian University. The ceremony took place after the staging of the Twelfth Night play at the Youth Theatre Nikolai Binev. Professor Azaryan is a prominent stage director and teacher. He has directed eighty plays amongst which are: Charming my fleas by B. Papazov, “Fornication and War –War and Fornication under Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Pirandello’s Henry ²V, Cherry Orchard, by A. Chekhov, King Lear by Shakespeare. Professor Azarian is a Director for the Theater of the Bulgarian Army; he has also worked for the Sofia State Theater, the State Theater of Satire Aleko Constantinov, Ivan Vazov National Theater, and the Theater of Drama in Plovdiv. He is the holder of numerous highly prestigious awards for staging from national festivals, amongst which are three first prizes for January by Yordan Radichkov at the Theater of Drama in Pazardjik and An Effort for Flying by Radichkov at the Theater of Drama in Pernik. He has also been a visiting director at the NaVoli Theater in Warsaw, the Yugoslavian Theater in Belgrade, The Theater of Contemporary Plays in Moscow, The National Theater of Bitolya and also in Germany, Poland, Russia, Georgia, and Macedonia. Professor Azarian is the director of the movie All or None under Radichkov.
Professor Maria Popova
Professor Maria Popova received on 21 May, 2007 an Honorary Professor title of the New Bulgarian University for her contributions to the New Bulgarian University and for the establishment of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies, The International Early Fall School of Semiotics and the MA’s and PhD’s programs in semiotics. Professor Popova has been chairing The Bulgarian Semiotic Society since the year 2000 and she is a member of the Board of the Society for Cognitive Sciences on the Balkans, and also is a member of the Union of the Executive Board of the International Association for Semiotic Research. From 1993 to 1996, she managed the Anthropology Department of the New Bulgarian University and in 1993 was elected as Dean of the Free Faculty of the NBU. In addition, she became Dean of the BA’s Faculty in 1997 and in 2000 was elected as Rector of the Continuing Studies Center. She has been the Moderator of The International Early Fall School of Semiotics since 1995, and in 1996 she established the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies, which she managed until 2007.
Professor Encho Gerganov
Professor Encho Gerganov received on 29 May 2007 an Honorary Professor title of the New Bulgarian University for his contributions to the New Bulgarian University and for the establishment of the Cognitive Science Department of the NBU and of the Evaluation Center. Professor Gerganov has been working for the New Bulgarian University since its founding in 1990. He is the founder of the Psychology program and has been taking part as a lecturer in the unique in Europe Master’s Degree Program in Cognitive Science. Between 1996 – 2002, he established the Evaluation Center of the NBU and has been managing it since then. He received the Rector’s award for The Best Teacher of the Year in 2004.
His research activity is focused on the fields of psychometric testing, psycholinguistics and memory. Amongst his major contributions are the discovery of semantic coding in short-term memory and the structure of the perceptive-cognitive area of Bulgarian vowels and consonants. In addition, Professor Gerganov has made major contributions to the methodology of psychological research regarding the development of psychometric personality testing.
On 6th November 2007, she was awarded the title “Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University” for contributions in the development of the theory and practice of the parliamentary state. Ekaterina Michailova delivered an academic speech entitled, “For and Against Parliamentary Democracy”.
Ekaterina Michailova completed the Law Program of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. In 1991 she was elected a Member of Parliament in the XXXVI National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. She was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in the XXXVII, XXXVIII and XXXIX National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria. In 1992, she was Vice-Chairwoman, and in 1995 – Chairwoman of the United Christian-Democratic Centre (UCDC). In 1997, she was a Vice-Chairwoman of the Union of Democratic Forces and Chairwoman of the Parliamentary group of the UDF. In 2001 she was Chief Secretary and Chairwoman of UDF, and also Vice-Chairwoman of the Political Council of the United Democratic Forces as well as Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Law Issues. In 2004, Ekaterina Mihailova became Vice-Chairwoman of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria and member of the Initiative Forum for the establishment of a new right-wing party. She served as Chairwoman of the Parliamentary group of the United Democratic Forces. After she left the Union of Democratic Forces and the United Christian-Democratic Centre in 2005, she was elected a Member of Parliament for Democrats for Strong Bulgaria in the XL National assembly. Presently she is Vice-Chairwoman of the National Assembly and Vice-Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Group of Democrats for Strong Bulgaria.
Ekaterina Mihailova is a lecturer in the theory and practice of parliamentarism and the state of law at NBU and the University of Plovdiv “Paissiy Hilendarsky”. She is also the author of the book “Parliamentarism and the State of Law in Bulgaria”.
Professor Mariana Evstatieva - Biolcheva
On 9th November 2007, she was honoured with the title “Honorary Professor of the New Bulgarian University” for her contribution in the development of Bulgarian and European Cinema and as a founder of the Master’s Program “Film and Television Art”. At the award ceremony, she delivered an academic speech entitled, “Honorary Professor and Honourable Director”. Mariana Evstatieva is a film director, one of the big names of the Bulgarian cinema. She completed a course in film direction in the National Theatre and Film School in Lodz, in the environment of personalities like Andrezej Wajda, Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Zanussi. In her work, she persistently studies the inner world of man, she is interested in moral, psychological and social problems, she analyses the influence of social violence and the civilizational and political changes on moral human values. Among her best known titles are, “The Tiger Cub”, “The Blue Lamp”, “Moments in a Match Box”, “Kidnapping in Yellow”, “The Secret of the Devil’s Weapon”, “Up on the Cherry Tree”, “We Want a Husband for Mum”, “The Prince and the Pauper”. The films of Professor Biolcheva have been awarded with prestigious national and international awards, among which are: Golden and Silver Lacheno from Avelino – Italy, two silver awards from the Moscow Film Festival, two awards from the Festival for Children’s Films in Gijon – Spain, numerous awards from the Festival of Bulgarian Cinema “Golden Rose” – Varna. Her last film “The Prince and the Pauper” has won three international awards in Saint Petersburg and Minsk.
Professor Mariana Evstatieva-Biolcheva has been lecturing more than 10 years at the New Bulgarian University and her name is related to all achievements of the students in Film Direction at national and international forums.