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Sixty years of tourism higher education and research in Bulgaria

 

Maria Vodenska1* and Sonia Mileva-Bozhanova2

 

Received: 29/07/2016 Accepted: 06/09/2016

 

1Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Faculty of Geology and Geography, Tourism Department, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1545 Sofia, Bulgaria; tel: 0359 886 829 613 ; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
2Sofia University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department Industrial Economics and Management, 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd, 1545 Sofia, Bulgaria; tel: 0359 887 219 612; e-mail:
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Abstract
 

During the last 60 years Bulgaria has steadily developed and improved its tourism industry. A lot has been done to educate the national workforce to be employed in tourism and hospitality in the country. The paper aims are: to follow the historical development of tourism and hospitality higher education in the country; to outline the present structure of this education with all specifics of the institutions involved in it; to make a comparative analysis of the ratings of these institutions; and to outline the main research topics of tourism and hospitality university lecturers. The results of the analysis show that tourism higher education in Bulgaria is evolving and growing in terms of institutions and also in terms of number of students. Tourism universities and colleges are quite evenly distributed across the country, and a good balance among tourism programs in the main tourism areas (economics, spatial and social tourism development, hospitality) has been achieved. There are many opportunities for research and PhD studies, and the number of libraries and access to international scientific publications and sources is quite sufficient.

 

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Keywords: tourism, higher education, university program, curriculum
Citation: Vodenska, M., S. Mileva-Bozhanova (2017) Sixty years of tourism higher education and research in Bulgaria.European Journal of Tourism Research 15, pp. 64-74

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