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Cotrugli Business School ALUMNI success stories from Bulgaria.

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  • SucceSS StorieS

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  • COTRUGLI Business School has become a leading business school in SE Europe, whose programs of business education are completed by more than 10,000 people from the region.

  • At the very beginning a small group of intellectuals and business people

    joined forces around the idea of starting a new business school. The goal was

    to create such a school that will develop leaders who will care for the planet,

    profit and the community as a whole.

    Since then, COTRUGLI Business School has become a leading business

    school in SE Europe, whose programs of business education are completed

    by more than 10,000 people from the region. Our internationally accredited

    MBA programs and prominent lecturers from around the world connect the

    entire SEE region. The campuses we have in Zagreb and Belgrade, and repre-

    sentative offices in Sofia, Ljubljana and Luxembourg are meeting points for

    business people from SE Europe.

    However, for us, the most important criteria for success is the satisfaction

    of our participants. This publication honors them, their continuing journey

    with us and their inspiring success stories. Once you meet them in person,

    they will be more than happy to share them with you.

    Enjoy the reading!

    Jyoti Gupta, PhD

    Dean

    Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has. MARGARET M EAD

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  • COTRUGLI Business School found me in a transitional moment

    in my life when I needed a new catalyst for growth - both per-

    sonal and professional. And ever since this journey started in 2007,

    COTRUGLI has kept me actively involved and inspired to grow

    and develop.

    COTRUGLI proved to be a different kind of school in numerous

    aspects but mainly in the personal touch and close connection

    in its community. From the very start I felt I naturally belonged

    here, surrounded by close friends to share my inspirational a-ha

    moments throughout the program.

    If I have to be honest, the biggest learning happened in the car

    while we, the Bulgarian group, travelled for about 10 hours every

    month from Sofia to Croatia. We had a chance to exchange a lot of

    information, make sense of what we learned at the lectures, and

    reflect on what it meant for our companies and to us. Every time

    we were coming back home after a module, we were loaded with

    energy and commitment to execute the new revelations. This

    energy and motivation triggered by every module was one of the

    most practical benefits of the program, which I will greatly miss

    moving forward.

    For me COTRUGLI was also a vacation time, as I often said to my

    colleagues. It was a time away from the busyness I often created

    for myself at home. Along with having quality party time, I also had

    time to reflect on the important things. It was a chance to see from

    a distance what was happening at my company, what was my role

    in its development, what we were missing and what we were doing

    better than the others. This gave me the different perspective I

    was missing engaged in my daily routine at home.

    Above all, COTRUGLI empowered me with a sense of direction

    and inspiration to continue the learning journey and create mean-

    ing for my life.

    Assia Marinova Business Development Manager BR IGHT CONSU LTI NG Bu lga ria

    Executive M BA / 2007

    From the very start I felt I naturally belonged here, surrounded by close friends to share my inspi-rational a-ha moments throughout the program.

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  • What drives me in life is my enthusiasm and a desire to do

    better, without limits, constant effort and a belief that there is

    always a better way, the ability to distinguish between what is

    essential to preserve and what is expendable, respect for my

    partners and a work for the mutual success.

    And here I am, living in London with my family, working for a

    global power company with generation and distribution busi-

    nesses. Through the diverse portfolio of thermal and renew-

    able fuel sources, we provide affordable and sustainable energy

    in 28 countries. With the workforce of about 30,000 people, we

    are committed to operational excellence and meeting the worlds

    changing power needs.

    The first time I heard about COTRUGLI Business School was from

    a colleague of mine. At that time, he was studying at COTRUGLI

    and was very impressed by the program so he strongly recom-

    mended it to me.

    I had the possibility to choose among several business schools.

    COTRUGLI attracted me with international contacts, flexible pro-

    gram and the common final aim: to work together for the improve-

    ment of the CEE region, business environment and business

    opportunities.

    During the regular two years of the EMBA program, I broadly

    expanded my professional knowledge and experience, learning

    from the expertise of the lecturers and all my colleagues. These

    years taught me that to be successful means to keep your mind

    open and keep learning. Thanks to the EMBA program, I taught

    to be the best I can be, because the life does not allow rehearsals.

    Our journey with COTRUGLI Business School did not finish after

    the Graduation. The experience continues through all the fruitful

    contacts made during the years, with all the fantastic people met,

    with our common ideas that turned into realities and with all the

    possibilities and opportunities in front of us that will enable us to

    make a better world for us and for our children.

    Diana Dimitrova Finance manager for Bulgaria AES COR POR ATION Un ited K i ngdom

    Executive M BA / 2008

    These years taught me that to be successful means to keep your mind open and keep learning. Thanks to the EMBA program, I taught to be the best I can be, because the life life does not allow rehearsals.

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  • As I said during our graduation ceremony, I do not regret a single

    centimeter of the fifteen thousand kilometers I had to travel to

    participate in the Executive MBA program of COTRUGLI Business

    School. It was worth each one of them.

    It all started a bit by chance seeing the ad in the Bulgarian

    weekly newspaper Capital. Took off with a bit of a glitch when

    I did not get the notification text message that I won one of the

    scholarships. But went on in a seamless and fruitful way to prove

    me right I made the best choice I could have made.

    The Executive MBA program at COTRUGLI is not just about the

    theoretical knowledge in the books you have to read through it.

    For me personally it was mostly about sharing real-life experi-

    ences and expertise, getting from fellow participants and lectur-

    ers multiple points of view to situations I was facing in my job at

    that time, about sourcing know-how and advice directly from the

    experienced faculty members. In a friendly, open and very sup-

    portive environment.

    When you add to these building a network of contacts throughout

    the region, becoming familiar with the culture of other countries,

    creating lifetime friendships, setting up new business partner-

    ships and having great time at the social events, you will get the

    full picture of what this programs gives you. Far more than just

    an academic learning experience.

    Being all that, the EMBA program at COTRUGLI in a way changes

    your life both personally and professionally. Often very deep,

    to the root of who and what you are. I believe, for good.

    Dobrin Mirevski Business Development Director EOS M ATR I X Bu lga ria

    Executive M BA / 2007

    I do not regret a single centi-meter of the fifteen thousand kilometers I had to travel to participate in the Executive MBA program of COTRUGLI Business School. It was worth each one of them.

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  • Starting and running own business for a psychologist like me

    could be a very challenging task. When my partner and I decided

    to start up a consulting company, I did not know any of the basic

    entrepreneurial principles. Therefore, I needed a systematic way

    to gain new business knowledge. I looked for very practically ori-

    ented Executive MBA program with good reputation and qualified

    lecturers. And that is how I found out about COTRUGLI Business

    School. Let me use SWOT analysis technique to explain my experi-

    ence at COTRUGLIs Executive MBA program:

    Strengths:

    All modules are very practically oriented and combine system-

    atic review of the theoretical principles with exercises and case

    studies;

    Lecturers are outstanding professionals in their fields and pro-

    vide not only academic knowledge but also live examples from

    their experience. Even in the fields which are my areas of exper-

    tise I could get insights and inspirations for my work;

    Intense teamwork provides the opportunity to learn from

    the colleagues and share experiences about best practices.

    Weaknesses:

    EMBA program is limited in time. However, what remains after

    the program are not only the acquired knowledge and skills,

    but also wonderful memories and good friends.

    Opportunities:

    EMBA provides great opportunities for networking in the whole

    SEE region and COTRUGLI pays special attention to various