The GATE team received its first certificate for achievements at the "Horizon Europe - Education, Innovation, Research conference", held on 6th March in University of Economics - Varna. The event, organised by the Regional Information Centre - Varna, attracted over 200 attendees. Among the official guests were Commissioner Maria Gabriel, MEP Emil Radev, Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev, Chairman of the Management Board of the Fund of Funds Martin Danovski, Deputy Minister of Education and Science Karina Angelieva. The event was attended also by deputies, representatives of the central and local authorities, academia, non-governmental organizations, students and business representatives.
Maria Gabriel, Commissioner for the digital economy and society, discussed the future of Europe, with a special focus on digitisation and the regional growth opportunity it represents: "Education, research and innovation are inextricably linked. We often talk about the knowledge triangle, but our big goal is to make it a square of knowledge, incorporating the benefits to society." Speaking about the future development of the Erasmus + programme she added: "Erasmus is a European success story that has proven its added value for more than three decades. The program is an effective way of addressing many of the societal challenges facing Europe. In the future, we need a bigger, stronger, better Erasmus + program."
The certificate acknowledges the achievements of Sofia University and specially of the GATE team within the Horizon 2020 programme. It was given personally by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Karina Angelieva to prof. Sylvia Ilieva, coordinator of GATE project and prof. Anastas Gerdjikov, Rector of Sofia University.
"The certificate is a great honour for us, especially at the beginning of our project. GATE aims to create a European eco-system, where to bridge the scientific community and industry. This certificate acknowledges that we are moving in the right direction to enhance Bulgaria's international prestige in the European Research Area.", said prof. Silvia Ilieva.