Bulgarian Faculty to Train at Cal Poly Pomona

The International Center will host two faculty members from the New Bulgarian University (NBU) in Sofia, Bulgaria, during the month of February. The faculty members are coming to the United States to study public policy specialization programs in public administration. NBU Vice Rector Ludmil Georgiev and lecturer Juliana Galabinova will be on campus to work with several Cal Poly Pomona faculty members and other California State University faculty who teach courses in public administration.

Development of the public policy specialization at NBU is one of the goals of a capacity-building program initiated by a consortium of Cal Poly Pomona and its partner, Cal State San Bernardino. The consortium was awarded its first grant in September 2001.

In May 2003, the consortium was awarded a sole source contract by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to continue and expand activities in capacity building at the New Bulgarian University. The $350,000 grant is dedicated to the following goals:  

  • Development of a public policy specialization for the Master of Arts program in public administration
  • Establishment and development of the NBU Center for Educational Resources for faculty development in teaching and scholarship and staff training
  • Development of outreach capabilities in municipal official training for the Center for Public Administration

Work to achieve all goals began in 2003 with a month-long visit by a NBU delegation to study faculty development centers at several CSU campuses as well as at Riverside Community College. Georgi Peev, NBU director, Center for Educational Resources (faculty development center), Simeon Tachev, NBU director, Central Administration, and Georgiev studied several faculty development units in the CSU system. When they returned to Sofia, the trio immediately worked to establish the NBU Center for Educational Resources (CER).

In October 2004, several Cal Poly Pomona faculty members attended the inauguration ceremony of the CER, a state-of-the-art computer-based enhanced learning center. Already in operation, CER recently offered courses in computer-mediated teaching and the use of various software programs.

The third goal, developing an outreach capacity for practitioner training, was initiated last year with the completion of an agreement between NBU and the National Association of Municipalities of the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB). Collaboration between NBU and NAMRB provides capacity in public administration theory in a democratic state and the world of the Bulgarian municipal practitioner.

A survey of Bulgarian municipal officials is now in progress. The questionnaire is designed to get information on training needs in the field of democratic governance and human relations.

More information about the New Bulgarian University is available at www.nbu.bg.

For information on this grant, or to participate in upcoming activities during the Bulgarians visit in February, contact Kirsten Torguson in the International Center at (909) 869-3125 or via e-mail at ktorguson@cpp.edu.