Andrey Delchev Auditorium in the Balkanski Academic Center (BAC) hosted the first ever conversation between AUBG Alumni Association (AAA) and students from the University on Saturday, March 14. The main purpose of the meeting was for the alumni to find a mediator between the two functional bodies, AAA and the students. The members of the association acquainted the students on what AAA is and revealed some of their ideas and future plans for development.
Representative team of AAA
Total of nine representatives of the alumni body were present on the meeting, among whom Ivan Gramatikov – President, Rostislava Ivanova – Vice-President, Eftim Eftimov – Treasurer, Svetlin Kozhuharov – Boards of Directors member and Sevdalina Yontcheva – Boards of Directors member of AAA.
The organization is non-profit, non-governmental and based in Sofia. The association’s structure body is formed by 12 members of Boards of Directors and three executive bodies – President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. However, the whole alumni body accounts for approximately 3,000 people all around the world. The main purpose of the organization, as explained by Gramatikov, is to “help the University with all possible means.” They also strive to facilitate the graduating people in their life after AUBG.
One of the major initiatives that the organization undertakes, in order to achieve its goals, is an event called AAA Talks. It is held once every quarter, and all the alumni are gathered together by guest speakers who communicate ideas in the sphere of entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, and design thinking. In fact, “on March 26 (Thursday) we’ll have AAA Talks on the topic of disruptive innovation with Ivo Ivanov, CEO of Melon, and Hristo Chernev, CEO of TaxiMe,” Eftimov added. Moreover, AAA is hosting a big party every December as a reunion event for alumni. One of the main means that the association is heavily relying on is social networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
Rostislava Ivanova (Vice-President) talks about the organization
The association is planning to go further in its growth and involve not only alumni, but also current students. As an organization from people with working experience and contacts, it can help the students by providing them with opportunities for internships and business projects. The idea of the meeting was to find people who can serve as communication point between the alumni and the students and mediate the association’s goals on campus.
“The idea is to have representation of the AAA in the student body,” Eftimov said. The first step that the representatives envision will be happening during the second AUBG Alumni Mega Reunion, which will be held on April 24-26. “I will be guiding a speed networking session, which will be alumni that will be speed meeting students and the idea is to create business contacts,” Yontcheva explained. Moreover, they are planning to have an AAA booth during the Job Fair and provide consulting services to the students.
The meeting, which took place in BAC, will not be the last one according to Gramatikov. “We hope that this would be the first of series of talks that we are going to have on campus,” he said. Ivanova said that their key to development is to “support the University as an institution and the students as well.”
Eftim Eftimov (left) – Treasurer and Svetlin Kozhuharov (right) – Boards of Directors
AUBG Daily will keep you updated on the progress of the organization and the events initiated.