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CSR in Bulgaria

3. Educational programmes on CSR in Bulgaria

NBU Very few university training have been available and accessible so far in Bulgaria (as of 2008).

The only program on CSR in the Bulgarian universities is the one started in December 2007 in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – master program “Management of Human Resources”.

This is joint program with the “Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne” and the Institute for Enterprises Management – France. The program is fee based (8000 Euro) and is in English. The terms for applying are bachelor or master degree plus 3 years working experience in the field of management. Each of the participants in the project provides one third of the lecturers in the nine modules with total length 840 hours (60 credits). With graduation students can receive two diplomas:

  1. Diploma Master in  “Management des Ressources Humaines” – Sofia University
  2. Diploma Master in “Management des Ressources Humaines et de la Résponsabilité Sociale de l’Entreprise” of IAE of Paris, Université Paris 1, Panthéon – Sorbonne” .

Besides that, CSR is studied in the specialty “Law” in Sofia University under the discipline “labour legislation”.

In other universities in Bulgaria CSR is taught in different specialties as independent study or as a part of another discipline:

  • University of National and World Economy – in specialty “Human Resources Economics” and “Economics and Work Organization”.
  • Academy of Economics “D. A. Tsenov” – Svishtov – in specialty “Social Management”
  • American University in Bulgaria - Blagoevgrad - subject “Social and Cultural Analysis”
  • Burgas Free University – specialty “Legal Studies” – subject “Labour Legislation”
  • Higher School of Insurance and Finance – specialty “Insurance and Social Insurance”
  • Veliko Turnovo University “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” – specialty “Law”  – subject “Labour Legislation”
  • Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski” – specialty “Law”  – subject “Labour legislation”

At the New Bulgarian University (NBU) in the Economics department in ‘Business Administration” and “Management and Entrepreneurship” modules, the courses “Corporate Management”, “Legal Regulation of the Business”, “Sociology of Conflicts (labour conflicts)” are lectured, and the Diploma – Bachelor / Master of Economics is awarded.

NBU. and BILSP joined the Hermes-OSR project supported by the Leonardo da Vinci European programme to develop a joint European education and training solution dedicated to CSR and leading to a labellisation process.

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Source: part of an article published in "Management et Avenir", special issue on HERMES-OSR findings and results, by Dimitar MATEV, Zlatka GOSPODINOVA from the Balkan Institute for Labour and Social Policy (BILSP), and Georgi PEEV and Krassimir YORDANOV from the New Bulgarian University (NBU).

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