On November 19th ABB Bulgaria celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Jurgen Dormann Foundation scholarship together with all scholars, their mentors, partners from the Technical University of Sofia and its branch in Plovdiv and other guests. During the event ABB presented this year’s finalists and gave everyone the opportunity to meet each other and share how the scholarship has helped them throughout the years. They were also able to share projects and ideas, which they can work on in the future.
Since the official start of the program in Bulgaria in 2014, the scholarship has been awarded to 16 students with different engineering profiles from the Technical Universities of Sofia and Plovdiv, who demonstrated excellent performance in their studies and showed motivation and passion to develop in the engineering sphere. The aim of the scholarship is to motivate and encourage bright young talents to develop in the engineering field and provide them with opportunities and support throughout their education.
“We are extremely proud of the ABB Jurgen Dormann Foundation and the opportunities it provides for engineering students. It is a great source of motivation and an ability for them to get a real taste of the engineering world through the help of their mentors”, said Marcel van der Hoek, Country Managing Director of ABB Bulgaria.
The scholarship includes a yearly financial support of 5860 leva and a one-time payment of 900 leva for purchase of equipment. The scholars get the ability to work with a mentor from ABB for the whole duration of the program and receive access to an online English course, as well as the ability to attend the bi-yearly International ABB JDF Scholar Meeting in Switzerland. Also, they are provided with an opportunity for a summer internship at the company.
“Our university helps to build the technical elite in Bulgaria and I’m extremely proud of the fact that we have so many talented students, who are being appreciated not only in the academic field, but also from the business – in the face of ABB Bulgaria,” said Prof. Dr. Eng. Ivan Kralov, Rector of the Technical University of Sofia.
ABB actively supports education and invests in young talents. In addition to the scholarship program, the company has started a dual education program in The Professional School of Electronics in Plovdiv, aiming to link the latest trends and technologies from the industry world to the education syllabus of the school. Furthermore, the company is cooperating also with other universities across the country to deliver better opportunities for professional development of the students.
ABB Bulgaria has two electrification factories in Rakovski and two in Petrich, as well as a high-voltage production unit in Sevlievo. A modern service station for Turbochargers is located in Varna and serves both the Bulgarian and Romanian coasts of the Black Sea. ABB’s main office in Bulgaria is located in Sofia. The company employs over 2900 employees in the country.
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