At an official ceremony held on November 22, 2022, the graduates of Varna University of Management (VUM), Class 2022, received their diplomas. In addition to the Bulgarian educational and qualification degrees, the successful graduates were awarded British bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the over 150-year old Cardiff Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
The graduates received their diplomas personally from the Vice-Rector of Varna University of Management Prof. Dr. Stanislav Ivanov, who greeted them with the words: “The message I want to convey to you is to be active. You may have a lot of knowledge, brilliant ideas, good will, but remember that the world belongs to those who act.”
“You’re all now really well prepared to contribute positively to intercultural communication and to be the difference by being creative, enterprising and global in your outlook and actions. My colleagues and I are delighted to recognize your achievements today on behalf of all of us at Cardiff Metropolitan University, I send my very best wishes for a successful, happy and healthy lifetime of employment and learning.” – with these words Prof. Cara Aitchison, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff Metropolitan University addressed the graduating students.
Undisputed attraction of the ceremony was the special video address of the humanoid robot “Profy”, who congratulated the graduating students on behalf of the entire VUM team: “The Graduation Day is like a bridge to the next part of your life, and everything that got you here—hard work, drive and confidence—is going to carry you across to the future you deserve. And I am sure that this future will be bright, because all of you are people who make the right choices. By choosing Varna University of Management as your Alma Mater, you have become part of a successful, modern, dynamically developing, multicultural family. And will ever be part of it.”
On behalf of the Class of 2022, special addresses were given by Ilda Kangoma (1 class degree in “International Business and Management” Bachelor’s programme), Donka Georgieva (1 class degree in “Culinary Arts Management” Bachelor’s programme) and Denitsa Dimitrova (graduating with distinction the Master’s program in business administration).
Thanks to the long-term efforts and activity of the academic community, Varna University of Management has become a recognizable educational institution with students from nearly 50 nationalities. Among the 2022 graduates are representatives from Armenia, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, the USA.
Class 2022 is the 24th graduating class of VUM and the 12th consecutive cohort of VUM graduates who receive diplomas from Cardiff Metropolitan University.