Higher Education: Sofia University Fighting its Own Campus in Cologne

Written by on November 16, 2016 in Bulgaria, Sofia - No comments

The Medical University of Sofia is fighting its own division in Cologne, a campus the facility did not even know about, until recently.

An agency called Studimed is working on opening an “international campus”, which will supposedly be part of Sofia University, and located in Germany. This kind of endeavour is considered good business, since whoever wants to study medicine at state universities in Germany either needs a more than excellent school grade average hardly anyone gets, or wait seven years, for a place at any medical university. The idea behind opening a division of the Medical University of Sofia in Cologne, is to provide university places to students who are not willing to wait. Of course they would have to pay.

Studimed is already working on establishing and furnishing its premises in Cologne, according to Deutschlandradio. For 14,000 Euro per year, and a one-time fee in the same amount, they are already offering medical studies, in English, on German soil, under the name of Sofia’s Medical University. Their idea is to have students spend their first two years at their campus in Cologne, before they can continue studying in Sofia.

But things are not the way they should be. One hundred students had already signed up. Just before the semester was going to start, they were told the Bulgarian campus in Cologne did not even have an operating licence from Sofia yet. According to Studimed, 65 of those students started studying in Sofia, where they supposedly received a letter from the university, confirming they could do their second semester in Cologne. The problem: Sofia’s Medical University denies there is such a letter. And it wants to shut down its Cologne campus, which does not seem to be connected to the faculty at all.

The Ministry of Education in Sofia is furious too. It recently closed two divisions of Sofia’s Medical University, in Cyprus and Italy. Deutschlandradio quoted a ministry official saying no application for the right to open a division of Sofia University in Cologne had been received. As it turns out, the German authorities in charge have not allowed the establishment of that faculty in Cologne either.

At the same time, Studimed insists their division of “Sofia University” will be operational for the next semester, in March of 2017.

By im.

 

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