The D. A. Tsenov Academy of Economics awarded the honorary title "Doctor Honoris Causa" to Prof. Krastyo Petkov, PhD Philosophical Science, Chairman of the Union of Economists in Bulgaria. At an official ceremony at the Svishtov university, the scientific and public activities of Professor Petkov were presented to the academic community by the Vice Rector for Training and Scientific Research, Prof. Lyuben Kirev PhD.

Krastyo Petkov is a Bulgarian scientist and politician whose career started in the area of Sociology at the Research Institute for Labour in Sofia in 1968, immediately after he completed higher education. Later he became a university professor, Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Academy of Sciences, and was the founder and first president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria, and the national representative. Currently Prof. Krastyo Petkov is the Chairman of the Union of Economists in Bulgaria. He is the author of over 500 publications. Among his international activities, he was awarded one of the highest Belgian orders, the "Commander of the Crown", by the King of Belgium.

Reasons for the decision by the Academic Council to award Prof. Petkov the honorary title of "Doctor Honoris Causa" of the Academy of Economics were stated during a ceremony presented by the Rector, Prof. Velichko Adamov, PhD. Some of the reasons were related to the specific merits of Prof. Petkov regarding the economic community in Bulgaria, strengthening the authority of the Academy of Economics in national and international scale, and his notable scientific achievements in the fields of economic and social theory.

The academic speech that the new honorary doctor gave was entitled "My teachers and partners in science and politics (Seven stories continued)".

In this lecture, Prof. Petkov presented his "teachers" life in science in a unique way, which included some famous economists, highly qualified teachers, and researchers and politicians of national and international prominence. "The man you should praise is Mahatma Gandhi", said Prof. Krastyo Petkov and ended his academic speech quoting his phrase "Truth is God".


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