This month, Chevening Alumni in Bulgaria officially relaunched the Bulgarian Chevening Association at a reception hosted by Her Excellency Mrs Emma Hopkins, OBE, British Ambassador to Bulgaria. Set at the British Residence in Sofia, Cheveners gathered to network and discuss plans for building a strong, engaged alumni community.

About forty Cheveners attended the reception, exchanging memories about their time spent in the UK, information about professional development, and future plans.

Ambassador Hopkins stressed that Chevening Alumni are part of an influential global network of over 48,000, which spans over 160 countries and territories, and the value of this should not be underestimated. She shared the fact that many Bulgarian Chevening Alumni have gone on to do great things, contributing to the success and bright future of Bulgaria. She added that she is looking forward to hearing ideas for future projects, and that the embassy stands ready to help advise on their implementation.

Director of the British Council, Lyubov Kostova, made an emotional statement about her Chevening experience and provided a quick overview of the Cheveners spread around the world based on research carried out prior to the event to identify the current activity and location of alumni.

Chair of the Bulgarian Chevening Association, Mrs Roumiana Atanassova, expressed her willingness to make the association a working platform for the exchange of ideas, initiating projects and networking, not only with Bulgarian Cheveners, but also with the global community.

Deputy Chair Julian Voinov gave a short overview of the responses to the survey.

Overall, the event was a huge success and provided a platform to showcase the energy and potential of the Bulgarian Chevening Association.

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