BG: Meditsinski Universitet - Pleven
Meditsinski Universitet – Pleven, or the Pleven Medical University (PMU), one of the five medical Universities in Bulgaria, was established in 1974, expanding the horizons, size and reputation of the City Hospital, founded in 1865. Today, combining traditions of the past with the present possibilities, it incorporates educational and therapeutic facilities, contemporary pre-clinical base, Institute Hospital with more than 1000 beds with clinics in all major medical fields, as well as a large number of specialized clinics and research units with modern diagnostic and therapeutic equipment. These are efficiently used to treat patients, train students, trainee doctors, post-graduates and for research work. The University has all theoretic, pre-clinical and clinical departments required for the higher medical education. Up to date, more than 6000 Bulgarian and foreign students from over 30 countries have graduated from the University. The current number of students is 2044. 275 of them are foreign students, including 78 of Indian nationality – the biggest community of foreign students at the university. Other international students are coming from the following countries: Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Greece, Turkey, Nigeria, Albania, Cyprus, Congo, Syria, Algeria, USA, Japan, Great Britain and France. 835 young doctors from Bulgaria and abroad are taking postgraduate courses at the different specialized clinics of the University Hospital. The current number of PhD students is 53. The University employs highly qualified lecturers with comprehensive academic experience. The course of instruction is carried out in 24 departments by more than 60 professors and around 300 assistant professors. Most of them are members of national and international scientific and medical societies and authors of research studies.
To achieve European and world standards in medical education, the university has introduced innovative practices: 1. it was the first higher educational institution in Bulgaria to establish English-medium course of study of international medical students; 2. Integrated Problem-based Learning (PBL) for medical students was also initiated in MU-Pleven; 3. Since 1999, MU-Pleven has been included in European educational programs (Socrates-Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci) for collaboration with higher schools of medicine and for academic exchange of students and faculty staff; 4. In 2007, MU-Pleven opened the first East-European Experimental Center for Endoscopic Surgery (TELEC), with virtual facilities for training in endoscopic surgery. Scientific research is one of the main activities at the University and it greatly contributes to improving diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Studies are also carried out in the field of public health and nursing care. Following high standards and quality practices in research has become the norm in the institution. Efforts have been made to attract and engage younger faculty staff in the research work. So far, 128 dissertations have been defended, of which 96 PhD theses and 32 DSc theses. The University has 3 faculties (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of health care), Department of language and specialised education and a Medical College.
Primary role in the project
PMUs role in the project will be to sit on the Education and Training Research Mapping Steering Group, guiding this WP and undertaking some of the necessary Research. In addition, PMU will participate in WP2, WP6, WP7, and WP9, helping to deliver the main outputs of the project. The academic and administrative staff of the Faculty of Public Health will be involved in these various WPs. In order to ensure this project is managed appropriately, PMU will establish a team, will take financial responsibility for co-payment in accordance with the financial help of EC. The University will provide administrative support for the activities.