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Dr. Rumena Filipova interviewed by Deutsche Welle on Chinese universities, Confucius Institutes and Huawei in Bulgaria

In an interview for Deutsche Welle featuring China’s cultural-educational influence in Bulgaria, IGA’s chairperson points out the scope of Bulgarian universities’ contracts with their Chinese counterparts; the lack of transparency of Confucius Institute operations and the subnational involvement of Huawei in Bulgaria’s tertiary education system. You can read the full article in German here. 

Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to Deutsche Welle about Chinese academic influence in Bulgaria

In an interview for Deutsche Welle, IGA’s chairperson discusses the interconnection between Russian and Chinese influence in Bulgaria. She emphasizes the growing academic presence of China, which is perceived as an opportunity in Bulgaria, while there is a lack of debate and regulations about the dangers of this presence. Pro-Chinese bias in political science and …

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International Conference: China-Europe Academic Engagement

Dr. Rumena Filipova took part in a conference in Bratislava on 24 June 2022 organized by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (Slovakia). The event presented the findings from a cross-national project mapping the academic interactions between universities in Central and Eastern Europe and their Chinese counterparts. Dr. Filipova spoke alongside Samuel Spáč (Transparency …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to the Geopost about the political crisis in Bulgaria

In an interview for the Geopost, Dr. Rumena Filipova analyzed the political crisis in Bulgaria following ITN’s withdrawal from the coalition government. She stresses that the political crisis is a reflection of significant and long-term processes taking place in many sectors of Bulgarian society, based on a struggle between the post-communist status quo and the …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to the Bulgarian National Radio about cross-regional perspectives on Russian disinformation

In an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, Dr. Rumena Filipova presented the key conclusions from the international hybrid roundtable, which took place on 1 June 2022. In focus was a comparative approach to the media influence of authoritarian states (Russia and China) in Europe but also in other regions and countries of the world, …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to Capital Daily about the EC’s proposals for asset freezes

In an interview for Capital Daily, Dr. Rumena Filipova commented that the European Commission’s proposals for freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs have been spurred by Russia’s war on Ukraine, as for a long time Russian oligarchs had been able to unproblematically use their wealth in Europe. The proposals also seek to establish a common …

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Science+ Media Training: Tackling Medical Disinformation

On May 19 and 20, 2022 a pilot training for Bulgarian journalists was conducted as part of the platform Science+ developed by Free Press for Eastern Europe (Czechia) and Free Press Unlimited. The training took place in Sofia Tech Parк and focused on equipping the trainees with conceptual and practical tools to recognize medial disinformation …

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International Conference: Three Seas One Opportunity

Dr. Rumena Filipova participated in the international conference Three Seas One Opportunity, which was held on May 18-19, 2022 in Zielona Góra, Poland, and was organized by the Institute of Political Sciences and Administration of the University of Zielona Góra, the “Układ Sił” monthly magazine and Collegium Nobilium Opoliense. IGA’s chairperson took part in a …

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Media training. Generation Z: Building up disinformation resilience in the leaders of tomorrow

Dr. Rumena Filipova took part in a media training, organized by the American-Bulgarian Alumni Association in partnership with the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia and the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria. The workshop consisted of a series of lectures aimed at teaching media literacy skills for identifying disinformation to young professionals, activists and students from Bulgaria and …

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