VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar"

Master Class in Leadership Under the Academic Guidance








„Leadership is a skill and not a talent. You are not born with it, but you can learn it.”

Seth Godin, from the book "Linchpin"


You have often asked yourself, why John Kennedy and Margaret Thatcher were undeniable global leaders ...

You have often wondered why companies such as Pepsi and Coca Cola have been around for more than 100 years and have an undeniable leadership market share ...

You have often thought if you could achieve leadership in business, politics, in the community...

Turn your ideas into practice! Discover the secrets of leadership, because „Leadership is the ability to turn a vision into reality.” (Warren Bennis )


The secrets of leadership in business, the charisma of leader’s behaviour and the charm of leader’s communication will be disclosed to you by outstanding scholars from the University of Cincinnati, USA and American business leaders and public figures.

  • You will have an opportunity to understand why the good leader is never worried to build in pride in his/her organization.
  • You will learn to target at top results and motivate people to feel in the heart of success and not in its periphery.
  • You will realize that team work is at the basis of the organizational business leadership.
  • You will be planning leadership strategies.


The Master class consists of:

  • lecture module - 30 hours, 3 ECTS credits;
  • practical module - 30 hours, 3 ECTS credits;

There will be 6.0 ECTS credits awarded in total.

The programme for the course will be published no later than 28 February 2014.


Target group

The Master class with the summer school organized by VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar” is targeted at participants from the all over the world – students, doctoral students, managers, business people, politicians, etc., who would like to acquire knowledge, learn practical skills and gain some experience from the achievements of the American research and business practice.


Content/Objectives of the course

The course is aimed at acquainting the participants with:

  • leadership as a strategy;
  • the business tools supporting leadership;
  • leadership behaviour and communication;
  • the experience of outstanding business leaders;
  • the opportunities to build on the personal leadership profile of each participant.


After the completion of the course, every participant will receive a certificate issued by VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar” and the University of Cincinnati, USA on the acquired new knowledge and skills. The obtained ECTS credits can be recognized as training covered depending on the curriculum of the particular speciality, in which the participants study.


Why choosing this particular course?

  • Because it takes place in the city of Varna – the maritime capital of Bulgaria! Varna is a city, which attracts people from all over the world during the summer season with its golden sands and warm sea.
  • Because it takes place in a region full of history and culture! The ruins of the ancient cities of Odessos (Varna) and Marcianopolis (Devnya) have preserved rich architectural-and-cultural heritage. This is the site, where the oldest processed gold in the world was found. You can also visit Aladzha Monastery here – an ancient centre of Christianity. Varna is the host of many cultural events, where the most emblematic among them are the International Festival „Varna Summer” and the International Folklore Festival.
  • Because the University campus will offer you excellent conditions for work and leisure! The University facilities have been entirely renovated and they are situated at a 5-minute walk from the beach, as well as at a 30-minute bus drive from the centre of the city of Varna.
  • Because you will be entirely absorbed in the world of one of the greatest global challenges – leadership! You will be planning your personal leadership vision yourself and will turn it into reality through the leadership strategy chosen by you.
  • Because you will have an opportunity to experience an unforgettable summer!


Academic tutor of the Master class


Prof. George Vredeveld


Prof. George Vredeveld is a professor of Economics, founder and Director of the Economics Center for Education and Research at the University of Cincinnati, which is recognized as one of the best in the USA. Currently, he is in charge of applied research and economic studies, and provides analyses for the business, the non-governmental sector and government organizations. Some of the most up-to-date studies of Prof. Vredeveld are focused on the factors influencing the regional economic development, including education, tax policy and labour market.


His research and analyses have often assisted a number of governments in determining the expected economic benefits from the policies, strategies and projects for development, as well as when forecasting the effect of the fiscal policies in a social aspect.


Prof. Vredeveld is the winner of a number of prestigious awards. Standing out among them is John C. Schramm Leadership Award. He has been awarded for his work in studying the labour market and urban policy, as well as in the field of the education in economics. Prof. George Vredeveld has substantial contribution to the foundation of Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” in 1991. He was one of the first professors with international reputation, who had been actively involved in the syllabus elaboration and had an exceptional input in the establishment of the new model for higher education in Bulgaria. In October 2011 Prof. George Vredeveld was conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa of Varna Free University „Chernorizets Hrabar”.


Price (for international participants)

  • 300 Euros. The amount includes – 7-day accommodation in a single room and catering (breakfast and lunch) in the campus of VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar” at preferential prices, as well as handout materials. The campus is on the territory of the University, at a 5-minute walk from the beach, and at a 30-minute bus drive from the centre of the city of Varna.
  • Upon request for accommodation in a double room, the price will be 260 Euros, and for accommodation in a triple room - 220 Euros.

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