The URI Europe Global Council Trustee Dr. Petar Gramatikov is invited to participate in the creation of a new doctoral program at the Department of Theology at Plovdiv University within the frames of OMNIA project. In the name of the project OMNIA (Latin - "everything") interweaves the desire of MU-Plovdiv and its partners to embrace all aspects of modern life - from student education to their implementation. This is the key to the construction and future academic development of Bulgarian modern universities.
Dr. Petar Gramatikov participates in the creation of a new course (in Bulgarian and English) under the title of "Philanthropia, Philadelphia and Philoxenia", the three "Ph's", indicating biblical dimensions of human’s love for humanity as a whole, toward brothers and in regard to the foreigners/strangers.
Learning outcomes for the PhD students - acquired knowledge, skills, competencies (goals):
- to know the definition of religion, faith, church;
- the ideological foundations of Christian theology and ethics.
- to be able to orient themselves both historically and ideologically in the moral grammar not only of the Christian church, but also of the Abrahamic monotheistic religions and the world non-Christian religious teachings.
The thematic content of the course
1. Religion and faith: Religiosity. Faith. Virtues; Religious fanaticism, religious wars.
2. Good and evil: Theodicy (justification of God) for the evil in the world; Health, diseases, suffering.
3. Charity and charity: Love as an emanation of the Christian faith: to God, to one's neighbors, to oneself; Tolerance, compassion, charity.
4. The Christian Church: Church-historical aspects; Church-legal aspects.
5. Women and faith: Women who begged for holiness: an Orthodox church-worship celebration; Feminism; sexuality, family: socio-ethical aspects.
6. Healthy spirit in a weak body: Attitude towards people with disabilities from a religious and ethical point of view; Social dimensions of care for people with disabilities.
Interreligious dialogue. Orthodoxy and sectarianism: International/world organizations/networks for bilateral and multilateral dialogue; Infidelity, heresy, superstition, unbelief.
Science and religion: Theology in interaction with the exact and private sciences; Contemporary challenges to science and faith: Covid-19; AI.
Environmentalism. Ecology: Concern for the environment and its protection. Global warming; Influence and importance of the physical, biological, psychological or cultural environment on the development of groups of individuals.
A total of 15 universities and institutes from Bulgaria and abroad are participating in the project
Nine new multidisciplinary doctoral and master's programs in Bulgarian and English will be implemented under the OMNIA project. Students will be trained in the increasingly necessary in our time "Medical Microbiology and Laboratory Immunology for Medical Diagnostic Laboratories", "Sports Physiology, Sports Cardiology and Sports Traumatology", "Dietetics", "Innovative Medicines", "Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Business "," Biostatistics "," Palliative Medicine "," Geriatrics "," Medicine, Psychology and Faith ". About 100 masters and doctoral students will be trained within the project, the first students will be accepted in the academic year 2022/2023 and the graduates will successfully receive for the first time in Bulgaria a diploma issued by two or three universities. This became clear during the presentation of the project today in the Auditorium Complex of the Medical University - Plovdiv.
The project involves the Medical Universities in Plovdiv, Sofia and Pleven, the National Center for Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, the Institute of Molecular Biology of BAS, Plovdiv University "Paisii Hilendarski", the University of Food Technology, the National Sports Academy and the Thracian University - Stara Zagora. joined forces to start a new era in higher education in Bulgaria. Universities from Greece, France and Italy are also partners.
The Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Project Activities Prof. Dilyana Vicheva gave an example that a specialty such as "Sports Physiology, Sports Cardiology and Sports Traumatology" for example is extremely useful, as there are currently over 1000 sports clubs in Bulgaria and no trained doctors to take care of athletes.
Another extremely important program is "Geriatrics", because with age the physiology, cells age, all other processes age, and the elderly require special care.
The doctoral program "Faith, Psychology and Medicine" will teach students how to talk to patients, how to listen to their problems and be empathetic, added Prof. Vicheva.
Within the project activities MU-Plovdiv will introduce innovative practices for resource sharing and will build a virtual university MEDTECH, which will offer rich opportunities for both teachers and students.
The implementation of the OMNIA project, financed under the procedure "Modernization of higher education institutions" of the Operational Program "Science and Education for Smart Growth" is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. The grant under OP NOIR and the European Social Fund amounts to BGN 4,762,516.
"Through this project, developed last year, we receive funding for the development of several joint programs between the partners. They are oriented to the training of students who are biologists, will study the specifics of laboratory diagnostics in medicine, microbiology, immunology, virology, parasitology. Some of these programs also focus on psychology. We have programs that are aimed at increasing the exchange of students with foreign partners, as well as career exchanges for students to orient themselves in their further professional development, "said the Rector of the Medical University - Plovdiv Prof. Mariana Murdzheva.
She explained that the emphasis is also on the overall digitalization of education. The focus is also on the professional development of teachers with the exchanges that are planned abroad, added Prof. Murdzheva.