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The thirteenth Fulbright International Summer Institute (FISI) organized by the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission took place at RIU Pravets Resort on August 10-23, 2014. One hundred and five students from Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Germany, Greece, India, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Slovakia, and the USA took part in the Institute. Among the participants were doctoral and postdoctoral students from the Alma Mater Centre of Excellence at Sofia University, who attended courses and participated in a research forum. Masterís students from the program in cultural diplomacy and the program in communication, language and literature, both offered at Sofia University, also enrolled in various courses and received credits for the classes they had selected. A special feature of FISI 2014 was the series of lectures delivered by the Ambassadors of Turkey, Palestine, Israel and Indonesia to the Republic of Bulgaria. They presented their countries foreign policy and answered studentsí questions. Twenty-seven BA students from the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) led by Professor George Siedel attended his course on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution and participated in a special program that involved meetings with prominent Bulgarian entrepreneurs and visits to business companies. The new group of American Fulbright scholars and graduate students had the opportunity to attend an intensive two-week course in Bulgarian language.
FISI offered a total of 13 interdisciplinary courses conducted by 14 distinguished professors and experts from prestigious universities and institutions such as Harvard University, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts Boston, Arizona State University, University of Dayton, Sofia University, New Bulgarian University, University of Veliko TurnovÓ, University of Peshawar, Monmouth College, Communications and Human Resources Development Center and the European Parliament.
A visit to the Saeva Dupka Cave and a walking tour of Sofia gave FISI participants a glimpse of the beautiful nature and Bulgariaís rich cultural heritage. Classical music lovers had the chance to enjoy the opera Don Giovanni (Rousse State Opera, conductor Martin Panteleev) and symphonic works of Mozart, Rimski-Korsakov and Richard Strauss (Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Nayden Todorov) at the lake stage of RIU Pravets Resort as part of the tenth edition of the annual Mozart Festival.
Special recognition and gratitude is due to America for Bulgaria Foundation, and Sofia University for their generous financial support.
We would like to thank all students, lecturers and participating institutions for making FISI such a memorable experience!
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