By invitation of the President of the U.S. Naval War College, Rear Admiral Jeff Harley, on 6 September 2016 the Rector of Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Commodore Prof. DSc Boyan Mednikarov paid an official visit to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Prof. Thomas Mangold – Dean, International Programmes, Prof. Thomas Culora – Dean, Centre for Naval Warfare Studies, distinguished faculty members from the departments of Strategy and Policy, National Security Affairs, Joint Military Operations, as well as the Bulgarian officers currently studying at the college – Capt. Galin Manev, Lt Cdr Georgi Georgiev and SLt Maria Eneva, took part in the talks during the visit.
The matters discussed included the exchange of experience for the development of academic programmes, including postgraduate training programmes and application of modern methods of instruction, exchange of information concerning naval science and marine technology, possibilities for faculty mobility and participation in joint education projects, joint participation in research projects, as well as new areas of cooperation of mutual interest.
The American hosts gave an extensive presentation on the current state and the prospective development of the college, followed by a tour of the facilities and the centre for the training of cadets for the U.S. Naval Academy.