As a result, the International South-East Summer University (ISESU) started operating, which is a successfully implemented project. It is held annually and was established on the basis of a decision of the Academic Council of ULSIT of October 27, 2014, in order to strengthen cooperation between the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies and small border municipalities in South-East Bulgaria – Bolyarovo, Elhovo and Malko Tarnovo. The main organizer and leader of the summer expeditions on the territory of the three municipalities is Chief Assistant Diana Stoyanova, PhD.
In 2016, a page of ISESU was created in one of the most popular social networks, which aims to promote the activities of the summer university, to show the stages of research in the three municipalities and to acquaint with the essence of this innovative type of training the general public. It is available at: https://web.facebook.com/pg/isesuunibit/about/?ref=page_internal
The page is maintained by active PhD students and students who have participated or are participating in field research and research activities under the auspices of the International South-East Summer University.
Lecturers and PhD students from various accredited PhD programs of ULSIT (such as “National Security”, “Organization and Management of Information Processes”, “Books, Librarianship and Bibliography”, “Cultural and Historical Heritage in the Modern Information Environment", "Science Studies", etc.), as well as bachelor’s and master’s students in various specialties (“National Security and Cultural and Historical Heritage”, “Cultural and historical heritage in the modern information environment”, ”Library and information management”, ”Communications and information”, “Public policies and practices”, etc.).
In research and studies of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, the university partners with various cultural institutions, including the National Museum of Military History, the Regional History Museum of Yambol, the Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum of Elhovo, the History Museum “Prof. Alexander Fol”, Malko Tarnovo and others.
The application of specific methods for collecting and processing information by the team of ISESU, in the form of conducting interviews and talks with local people, video and audio recording of their stories and subsequent synthesis and archiving of the accumulated information, gives an idea of different historical epochs, important events and exceptional personalities, as well as the region-specific traditions, way of life and culture. This is a kind of contribution to the preservation and promotion of the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Bulgaria.