New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 12

Accepted Abstracts

The Summer Knowledge Academy as a Part of the University Research and Educational Environment

Stoyan Denchev, The State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (Bulgaria)

Tereza Trencheva, The State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies (Bulgaria)


At the process of development of modern information society, the science, knowledge and information are established its selves as a leading factors of the economic prosperity of the society. Dissemination and transfer of knowledge are essential for the development of knowledge based economy. The new knowledge appears on the basis of existing studies, exchange of ideas, linking different social practices or connecting real and virtual .paradigms. This knowledge is on the basis of the UNESCO contemporary educational paradigm – from accredited qualifications to certified skills.

The purpose of this report is to present the experience of the Summer Knowledge Academy, which is structural unit at the State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies - Sofia, Bulgaria in the implementation of its research and educational functions. Emphasis is placed on the choice of the model and content of training and certification programs for BA students, MA students, PhD students and young scientists. Another focus is placed on the structure and activity of the Academy.

The activities of the Summer Knowledge Academy focuses not only on the theory but also on the practice, by enabling different categories of students to participate in real cases and develop group projects under the direct supervision of mentors not only from the university but the practice as well. Thus gain knowledge and experience preparing them for their successful future career.

There are discussion for different programs of seminars and summer courses, involving experts from both the theory and practice of professionals and businesses. Through high levels of interaction and a dynamic and empirical approach, participants in the Summer Knowledge Academy will gain specialized knowledge and, most importantly, the capacity to apply that knowledge to add value in today's networked, technology-driven world.

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