Thursday marked 146 years since the death of Bulgarian revolutionary and national hero Hristo Botev, whose legacy is traditionally celebrated by a minute-long wail of sirens at noon. Also, the day brought the news of the passing of respected Bulgarian journalist and media expert Nerry Terzieva. In other news:
The INSAIT institute at Sofia University announced its PhD program with generous scholarships
The newly created Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT) in Sofia announced the start of its PhD program. The program, which aims to keep Bulgarian STEM graduates in the country, would offer scholarships of 36,000 euros per year under the supervision of leading professors and faculty from universities such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon (CMU), ETH Zurich, Yale and others. The first PhD students are expected to start in the fall. The English-language program will last up to five years and is open to students who have (or are in the process of obtaining) a bachelor's or master's degree in the following fields: computer science, computer science, physics, mathematics or electronic engineering.
Refugee center in Elhovo closes, Ukrainians are directed to the interior
The refugee center in the border town of Elhovo is closing today after only two days of operation, and all the refugees from Ukraine accommodated there will be taken by buses to hotels and holiday bases in the interior. Six buses will take 220 people to state-owned holiday properties in the resorts of Pamporovo, Borovets and Stara Zagora.
On 31 May, in a stern tone, Deputy Prime Minister Kalina Konstantinova had announced that the government was suspending the integration plan for the resettlement of refugees in the interior of the country and all those who were in hotels by the sea and claim they had nowhere to go would be temporarily accommodated in the buffer centers in Sarafovo and Elhovo. Today, Ms Konstantinova apologized to all Ukrainians and Bulgarians who had found her manner disrespectful, during a Parliamentary Q&A session.
Seven new automotive sector plants to create 4,000 new jobs: Lorer
In recent months, Bulgaria has been actively working on seven new potential projects in the automotive sector with an estimated value topping 2 billion BGN, which are expected to create more than 4,000 new jobs. This was announced by the Minister of Innovation and Growth Daniel Lorer at the opening of the international conference Automotive & Mobility Forum 2022 according to his institution's press service. Seventy thousand people already work in the sector in the country in over 350 companies according to Lyubomir Stanislavov, Executive Director of Automotive Cluster Bulgaria.