New Bulgarian EconMin Rejects Fake Diploma RumorsDomestic | March 24, 2012, Saturday // 12:09| views
Bulgaria's newly appointed Minister of Economy and Energy, Delyan Dobrev, confirmed he had graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, US. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency
Bulgaria's newly appointed Minister of Economy and Energy, Delyan Dobrev, shared that he felt tainted by rumors regarding his college diploma.
Speaking Saturday for the Darik radio weekly political talk show, Dobrev said he was stunned how a rumor can become headline.
Several Bulgarian media published Thursday and Friday articles casting doubt on the validity of the Minister's education degree. The Ministry of Economy and Energy sent to all media scanned copies of his diplomas, including the one from the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, US, and issued a statement that "such insinuations were categorically untrue."
"The Wesleyan University might not be known in Bulgaria, but is very prestigious in the US for the major I have chosen. I applied with 30-40 colleges in America and among those that accepted me, this one was the best," Dobrev told the radio host.
When asked why, according to investigative Bulgarian journalist, Grigor Lilov, his name could not be found in the registry of the University, the Minister replied that there was no such registry.
"The University, however, has a phone, email, and a central registration office. Anyone can call there and check. My office sent to media the scanned copies of the diploma so that they can all see how the college spelled my name in English. Maybe someone misspelled my name when doing their research, otherwise this is sheer speculation," Dobrev concluded.
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