US ambassador Rubin in Bourgas: ‘Proud to stand arm-in-arm with Bulgaria’

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on US ambassador Rubin in Bourgas: ‘Proud to stand arm-in-arm with Bulgaria’

US ambassador Eric Rubin visited Bourgas Free University on October 19, addressing academics and students on US-Bulgaria ties, and on democracy and freedom.

Rubin recalled his first visit to Bulgaria, 25 years ago. He said that he was optimistic about Bulgaria’s future.

“I first came here in 1992, a time that your professors and parents will remember as being full of hope and promise for a young, democratic Bulgaria,” Rubin said. “There are reasons to be optimistic in Bulgaria today.  Those reasons are all around us, in the inspiring people who make Bulgaria great.”

Despite being a newer institution, Bourgas Free University had established itself as one of Bulgaria’s best, Rubin indicated. It had co-operation agreements with universities around the world, including America’s University of Tennessee, Eastern Michigan University, the University of San Antonio in Texas, and Georgetown University in Washington DC. “These types of partnerships yield positive results for our countries, as students and faculty from both the US and Bulgaria learn from each other and co-operate in solving some of our societies’ toughest problems,” Rubin said. “They also create lasting bonds between our countries that only grow stronger over time.”

Rubin emphasised values such as tolerance, freedom, and rule of law. “We are proud today to stand arm-in-arm with Bulgaria, our close ally and partner for so many years. We are proud of the progress that Bulgaria has made in areas like human rights, democratic development and economic progress. And, with Bulgaria’s European Council Presidency next year, we admire your commitment to a peaceful, prosperous EU, a Europe whole, free, and at peace.”

Bourgas Free University was one of the first non-state institutions of its kind in Bulgaria. It was established in 1991 and has about 7500 students.

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