On 4th April 2019 Varna University of Management was honored to welcome the U.S. Ambassador in Bulgaria, His Excellency Eric Rubin, accompanied by representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria. The delegation included Mr. Miguel Hernandez – Senior Commercial Officer, Mrs. Samantha Smith – Press Attaché and Col. Shannon Johnson – Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché.
Ambassador Rubin and his team met with students from Varna University of Management, campus Dobrich and discussed with them various topics related to the global and mutual economic relationships, the tourism development in Bulgaria, the opportunities for education and internships in the USA, the specifics of the intercultural differences and others. The students were very interested in the Ambassador’s biography and in his way up to the diplomatic positions, he has been occupying during the last few years.
The honorary guests were impressed by the international environment at Varna University of Management where during the current academic year, there are students from 52 different countries.
After the interesting discussion, Ambassador Rubin met with the President of VUM – Assoc. Prof. Todor Radev and the Vice Rector (Research), Prof. Stanislav Ivanov. During the meeting, topics of discussion were the possibilities for partnership in the sphere of higher and further education, as well as for exchange with academic purpose.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ambassador Eric Rubin and his team from the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria for visiting us!
On 27th January 2016 Eric Rubin was sworn an Ambassador of the United States of America in the Republic of Bulgaria. The previous position he had occupied was of a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. His responsibilities included dealing with issues related to Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and regional conflicts in Europe. In the period 2008 – 2011, he served as a Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
In 1985, Eric Rubin joined the State Department of the USA after two years as a reporter trainee at the New York Times. His overseas assignments include working as a political and human rights officer in Honduras (1986-1988), Deputy Political Counselor in Kyiv (1994-1996) and Consul General in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2001-2004).
Ambassador Rubin holds a B.A. degree in History from Yale University. He was Dean and Virginia Rusk Fellow and a resident associate at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy from 1999 – 2000. He speaks Thai, Spanish, French, Ukrainian, Russian and Bulgarian languages.