e-learning comments Bulgaria

Biopolis – Sustainable Urban Development 2011

I think this course was worth attending because it is very interesting and helpful. The lecture material is very detailed and explained clearly. I have acquired a lot of new information about the principles of sustainable development, urban ecology, how urbanisation impacts the environment, urban sustainability, green ecology, green jobs and cleaner production. The course has helped me to become more familiar with this contemporary topic. After this training course, I have had new ideas on how to enrich and improve my seminars. I am going to recommend this training course to other colleagues from my country so they can attend. Anna Dimitrova, Assistant Professor, Technical University of Sofia, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Department of Materials Science and Technology, Bulgaria

The most valuable aspect of the course was the presentation of the concept of sustainable city management in connection with society engagement, education and employment, urban transport, social welfare, and urban health. This course will benefit my knowledge of environmental security, risk management and crisis management. Stanislav Zahov, Expert, Military Medical Academy, Bulgaria

There is no doubt that the material is very useful to anybody who is involved in the environmental and urban field, as it is up-to-date, well-explained and provides a wide range of good examples. The topics are very actual and modern. Tsvetelina Naydenova, University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria

Food, Agriculture and the Environment 2011-2013

This course was worth attending because it is very helpful. The lecture material is detailed and explained very clearly. I learned a lot of interesting and new facts about agriculture, agricultural management and policy, food security and quality, biotechnology and environmental pollution. The course has helped me to become more familiar with this important topic. After this training course, I have had new ideas on how to enrich and improve my seminar work with students. I am going to recommend the training course to other colleagues from my country. Professor Anna Dimitrova, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Department of Materials Science and Technology, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

The course helped me to acquire a deeper knowledge of the topics covered, which I am interested in and which I enjoy very much. It also filled a gap in my biological education and will give me a better chance to find a job in the sphere of ecology. One of the most valuable aspects of the course is that it makes clear the interconnection of the social, political and environmental spheres. I like that this message comes through the material clearly. I do believe I will be able to incorporate what I have learned during this course in my future job. Kamelia Miteva, Bulgaria

This course gave me the possibility to extend my knowledge in the area of sustainable agricultural policy, on present agricultural, food security and environmental problems, and on applying recent regulations, directives and systems. I believe that this will be beneficial for future cooperation in projects relevant to the environment and food safety. Stanislav Zahov, Expert, Centre of applied military Epidemiology and Hygiene, Military Medical Academy, Bulgaria

Green Salary 2010-2011

I benefited most from the international examples as to how the green salary and urban greening concepts were implemented in practice, which has been very valuable for my work. Nataliya Dimitrova-Popova, Project Manager, UNDP, Bulgaria

The material I have learned can help me to treat the environment in a more honest way. Also I have been shown different examples throughout the chapters of the book, ideas that are very positive, uplifting, and environmentally friendly which can be easily duplicated. Joseph Waling, Bulgaria

I work for the Water Management Directorate in the Ministry, so I cannot directly apply most of the practices or initiatives in my everyday work. But this course has given me an overall idea and expanded my knowledge on the creation of green jobs and initiatives. I am of the opinion that I have more fully realized the importance of such green initiatives in the field of water protection and preservation and public campaigns for rational water usage among households and businesses in terms of their social and economic benefit. From now on I will keep in mind the opportunity to participate or promote such initiatives, either on behalf of the Ministry, or as an environmentally conscious citizen of the Republic of Bulgaria. Daniella Baulova, Senior Expert, Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria

I think this course was worth attending because it is very interesting and helpful. The lecture material is explained in great detail. I learned a lot interesting facts about green ecology, green jobs and cleaner production. The course has helped me to become more familiar with this contemporary topic. After completing this training course I have had new ideas on how to enrich and improve my seminar work with students. I am going to recommend the training course to other colleagues from my country. Professor Anna Dimitrova, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Department of Materials Science and Technology, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

The material helped me to broaden my knowledge on opportunities for employment given by green salaries, which I learned during my course of work. I presume that in the future some of the information presented will be useful when preparing strategies or policies on the protection of nature/environment. Also, in my capacity as a citizen, the course is valuable to me, because I can share proposals and participate in activities for the improvement of our urban environment that replicate good examples and use suggestions from the lecture materials. Desislava Stefanova, Senior Expert, Ministry of Environment and Water, Bulgaria

The course helped me to acquire a deeper knowledge of the topics covered, which I am interested in and which I enjoy very much. It also filled a gap in my biological education and will give me a better chance to find a job in the sphere of ecology. One of the most valuable aspects of the course is that it makes clear the interconnection of the social, political and environmental spheres. I like that this message comes through the material clearly. Since we are slowly but steadily heading towards a sustainable future, I find the course very useful because it opened my eyes to green solutions in different businesses, developments and trends. I do believe I will be able to incorporate what I have learned during this course in my future job. Kamelia Miteva, Bulgaria

The material covered in the course is interesting and thought-provoking, as the issues addressed are increasingly important and the awareness of people is still not strong enough. Environmental pollution is growing, just like unemployment all over the world. Thus, the burden on the environment is becoming so great that there are no chances for mankind to survive if thinking and acting are not changed in order to improve living in the social and environmental sense. Angela Altunian, Expert, State Fund Agriculture Paying Agency, Bulgaria

By taking this course, I got acquainted with new concepts in the creation of new job positions related to sustainable development and environmental protection. This course will benefit my future progress in environmental security, risk management and crisis management. I will recommend this and other B.I.O. courses to my colleagues and acquaintances. Stanislav Zahov, Expert, Military Medical Academy, Bulgaria

The material gave me further information about green jobs and expanded my previous knowledge. These lectures provide in-depth knowledge and, at the same time, are a good basis for being competent in the field. The examples provided fit very well in the context. Tsvetelina Naydenova, Master’s Student, University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria

Natural Resources 2010

I benefited most from the international examples as to how innovative forestry, water and soil management were implemented in practice, which has been very valuable for my work. Nataliya Dimitrova-Popova, Project Manager, UNDP, Bulgaria

Your lectures have given me further information about natural resources. In my university I studied about them, but here you gave me a lot of fruitful information that has extended my previous knowledge. These lectures have given me wide knowledge and at the same time a good base for being competent in the field. The examples shown in the text are very useful. Tsvetelina Naydenova, MA Student, University of Forestry, Bulgaria

Well, eventually I want to start my own organic orchard and winery, and the information presented in this class, namely the lessons on soil contamination, soil structure, and water contamination due to farming practices, were really useful for me. Waling, Student, Bulgaria

The material is helpful as a source of valuable information on core issues, regarding environmental and living conditions. Provided that many of the issues regarding the preservation of natural resources can be resolved with a modern approach, it would be useful to consider these possibilities from the standpoint of EU funding capacity, where applicable. Angela Altunian, State Fund Agriculture Expert, Bulgaria

Sustainable Agriculture 2010

The material covered in the course module helps me in my works as far as I am involved in projects for financing agriculture and rural development in the country. The most valuable is briefness in discussing main issues regarding the above matters. Angela Altunian, Ministry of Agriculture, Bulgaria

The material in this course is very well organized and points to the main issues of the topic. I am glad that the given information was not written in a very complicated way and it was easy to understand. It is really helpful to have the references at the end of each chapter. I was able to learn very new and important details concerning the course. Please convey my gratitude to the team of Biopolitics. Dragomir Zahariev, University of Forestry Position: MSc Student, Bulgaria

I am very satisfied by this course. The lectures are very informative, in good order and approachable. They gave me good simple and at the same time detailed information about the agricultural field. I consider the topic of sustainable agriculture very interesting and useful, as I believe my country is very suitable for the development of organic agriculture. All the rich information provided gave me a good point of reference regarding agricultural policies and some things about such policies that I should pay attention to. I am sure that in the future I can apply this information in my work as my major is directly related with this topic. Tsvetelina Naydenova, Master’s Student, Bulgaria

Sustainable Forest Protection and Management 2011-2013

The information provided is very well structured and describes actual trends. I believe these lectures are useful in improving my knowledge. Dragomir Zahariev, Bulgaria

I think this course was worth attending because it is very interesting and helpful. The lecture material is explained in a very detailed and clear way. I learned a lot of new information about forests, forest protection, forest management, forest health and tree planting techniques, which are very interesting for me. The course has helped me to become more familiar with this contemporary topic. After this training course, I have had new ideas on how to enrich and improve my seminars. I am going to recommend the training course to other colleagues from my country. Anna Dimitrova, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

The material covered in the course module is useful in my professional career by enriching my knowledge about forestry, and valuable in my practice in project valuation of forestry measures of EU financing programs. Angela Altunian, Expert, State Fund for Agriculture, Bulgaria

I am very satisfied by this course. The lectures are very informative, in good order and approachable. They gave me good general and detailed information about the forest protection field. All this rich information provided a good reference regarding forest protection, and indicated some things that I should pay attention to. I am sure that, in the future, I can apply this information in my work as my major is related with this topic. Tsvetelina Naydenova, Project Assistant, University of Forestry, Bulgaria

This course was worth attending because it is very helpful. The lecture material is detailed and explained very clearly. I learned a lot of interesting and new facts about agriculture, agricultural management and policy, food security and quality, biotechnology and environmental pollution. The course has helped me to become more familiar with this important topic. After this training course, I have had new ideas on how to enrich and improve my seminar work with students. I am going to recommend the training course to other colleagues from my country. Professor Anna Dimitrova, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Technology, Department of Materials Science and Technology, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria