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OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUNDING EDUCATION ABROAD THROUGH THE “ERASMUS+” PROGRAM

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Opportunities for funding education abroad through the "Erasmus+" program

10.03.2023 |

 For more than three decades, the European Union has been funding the “Erasmus” program, which has enabled over 3 million European students to spend part of their education at another higher education institution or organization in Europe. Years of experience in developing the program have shown that studying abroad has a positive effect on future employment prospects, as well as significantly improving students’ language skills.

The “Erasmus+” program helps to organize student and doctoral exchanges between countries participating in the program. These opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as doctoral students.

“Erasmus+” offers a great opportunity for those who wish to improve or develop their digital skills in the field of new technologies at a foreign university.

To study abroad through “Erasmus+”, you must be registered at a higher education institution and enrolled in a program leading to a recognized educational degree or other higher education qualification. Your sending institution (the current university where you study) and your receiving institution (the foreign university you wish to attend) must have signed an inter-institutional agreement between them so that you can study at the respective institution under “Erasmus+”. It is important to keep in mind that the period of study abroad must be in line with your needs related to your specialty and personal development and must be part of the study program you are following.

You can receive non-repayable funds under “Erasmus+” to cover part of your travel and daily expenses. The amounts may vary according to differences in the standard of living in your country and the receiving country, the number of applicants for funding, the distance between countries, and the availability of other financial assistance. If you are moving between countries under the program, check with your national agency and the sending higher education institution to see what rates apply. Additional support is also available for students going on internships, for students in disadvantaged situations, and for students from the most remote countries or regions under the program. The levels of non-repayable funds and the fixed amounts of funds for exchanges between program countries and partner countries are published in the “Erasmus+” program guide.

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Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

artificial intelligence
cybersecurity
Internet of Things
big data
blockchain
robotics
augmented reality
virtual reality
high performance computing
machine learning
cloud computing
5G
telecommunications
WiFi
quantum computing
software
mobile application development
web development
microelectronics
digital skills

Form of the funding

Country suitable for the funding

EU members

Financial intermediate 

Erasmus+

Benefitials 

Natural persons

Requirements

IT HIRING SLOWING DOWN?

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IT Hiring Slowing down?

28.01.2023 |

 After years of global economic growth led by the technology sector, the first signs of a slowdown in the rise of IT companies appeared in 2022. Post-COVID syndromes related to digitalization of businesses and work from home created new opportunities for technology corporations, leading to a significant increase in demand for specialists. Now that economic growth has slowed significantly and inflation has not yet been tamed, the management of most IT companies are cautious about cost management, and this approach extends to the hiring of new personnel, as seen from the new and higher requirements for employees.

A number of international companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Amazon, have cut a significant portion of their staff at the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 due to the changed economic and business environment. After the COVID measures were lifted, many employers approached their home office policies more strictly and asked their employees to return to the office. This led to an inevitable decline in demand for some software solutions and services offered by technology giants. Additionally, it is important to note that inflationary levels have firmly tied the pockets of ordinary consumers, further contributing to the decline in IT sector revenues. These factors have led to the need to reduce costs in corporations, with the realization that there is no longer a need for all of the employees hired during the rapid growth of recent years.

Against the backdrop of the global threat of economic downturn and subsequent layoffs in the tech sector in Bulgaria, HR experts have not observed unusual layoffs. However, hiring in the technology sphere is visibly changing, with various studies showing that new jobs have decreased at double-digit rates in recent months. The data indicates that the hiring decline is mainly for lower-level positions requiring less work experience. It is also noted that more companies are looking to hire people on a project basis, without wanting to commit to permanent employment contracts, driven by the desire to limit their expenses.

According to Nikolay Nikolov from the Bulgarian Association for People Management and the Bulgarian Confederation of Employers, who is also a partner at “Horizons Bulgaria”, by spring it will be clear what the effect will be for the country – whether the labor market in the IT sector here will follow that in the USA and Western Europe or, on the contrary, Western companies will prefer to rely on even lower costs in Bulgaria. We cannot ignore the fact that salaries in Bulgaria are still below the levels in Western Europe and the USA, which could be interpreted as good news for the labor market here. Expectations are also positive from Nadezhda Vasileva, Managing Director of “Adecco Bulgaria”, as reported by Capital newsletter. According to her, there is always a delay in hiring at the beginning of the year, but with its lower costs, Bulgaria remains attractive and is more likely to attract foreign businesses than to lose them. Whatever the mid-term forecast for the development of the IT sector and hiring new employees in our country may be, one thing is certain – to continue our sustainable development in technology companies, we need to constantly invest in knowledge and quickly retrain to keep up with the dynamic changes in the technological world.

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Target audience

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

 

Digital technology

BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

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BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

29.03.2023 |

The Professional Association of Robotics and Automation (PARA) is recruiting participants for the second time for its educational program, PARA Robotics Incubator. Participants in the program will receive mentorship guidance, hardware, and access to specialized equipment in laboratories. The main goal of the program is for participants to create their own working prototype based on a pre-established project, thereby stimulating entrepreneurship.

To enroll in the program, participants must be at least 14 years old and have basic programming skills. Within the six-month program, each participant is expected to complete their prototype. Projects that are encouraged should focus on the areas of robotics, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, and intelligent solutions for urban environments.

The program will culminate in 10 selected projects, which will be presented to a jury, with the winner of the student group receiving a prize of 2,000 lev and the winner of the student projects group receiving a prize of 4,000 lev.

Thanks to sponsors from “Sofia Tech Park” and “Rezonator,” access to equipment and resources in Sofia will be provided, while in Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, and Ruse, equipment will be provided by other partners of PARA.

The deadline for application is February 20, and the selected 10 projects will begin their participation in the program on March 6.

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Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Robotics

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

National initiative

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

PARA- Professional Association of Robotics and Automation

Start date

20.02.2023

End date

06.09.2023