Sofia Business School – Master Classes 2012
In April 2012 the Reform Union Club and New Bulgarian University signed an additional agreement for the practical realisation of the pilot edition of the Sofia Business School. The project was carried out within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two organisations, whose main goal is to increase the quality of the knowledge and qualification exchange networks and to ensure the closer interaction between the academic sector, civil society structures and the corporate community.
The pilot edition, which was held between 30 June and 8 June 2012 in the lecture halls of New Bulgarian University, offered a cycle of systematically selected lectures read by prominent lecturers from abroad and corporate figures – members of the Reform Union Club. The priority goal of the master classes was to build an in-depth knowledge of the regional projections of global economic and financial risks, as well as to develop the potential for their efficient management at an institutional, corporate and personal level. During the discussion modules included in the curriculum, students were encouraged to express rival views while the prominent business leaders employed real-life examples from various sectors of the economy to transform the academic process into something akin to a laboratory for practical knowledge. In an environment of interactivity the participants were presented with an up-to-date analysis of the following topics:
• Global strategic risks
• Financial markets and risks
• Market environmentalism
• Monetary economics
• Banking regulation and accounting
• Asian economy
• Russia: Oil dependent economy
• Debt crisis in Europe
The main emphasis of the lectures and the discussions fell on: global geostrategic risks and challenges – how to understand change; problems facing the European, American, Chinese and Russian economy, Asia’s development as a whole; the trends in modern monetary policy and the character of the global monetary system, including the role of the central bank and the government; the international monetary and financial architecture; the development and reformation of the financial and banking sector, financial market regulation, problems with accounting standards; the debt crisis in Europe, its dynamics and Eurozone and European Union development scenarios.