The University of Plovdiv
The University of Plovdiv, named after the Bulgarian historian Paisii Hilendarski, is a leading cultural and scientific institution in Bulgaria. It is the largest institution of higher education in Southern Bulgaria, and the second largest in the country. The University of Plovdiv is built on the foundation laid by the Higher Teacher-Training Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, which opened in July 1961. The Institute was promoted to university status by Government decree on 12 January 1972.
Today, the full-time teaching staff includes over 560 highly qualified specialists - 34 Full Professors, 167 Associate Professors and 360 Assistant Professors. Over 8,000 full-time and 5,000 part-time students are enrolled in more than 60 programs and courses provided by the university’s nine faculties. The University of Plovdiv has been institutionally accredited by The National Certification and Accreditation Board (Protocol No. 1 of 04 January 2007) to provide training at all levels of education - "Specialist", "Bachelor", "Master" and "Doctor".
The University has a Library, University Publishing House, University Information Centre, International Relations Office, specialized laboratories, multimedia and computer labs, Distance Learning Center, Center for Career Guidance, Scientific Research Activity Department, Sports Center, Students’ theater, technical centers, serving and service units. Two branches of the University have been established - in the cities of Smolyan and Kardzhali.
The University of Plovdiv maintains active international contacts with almost all European countries, the USA and the countries of Asia and Africa. The University participates independently or jointly with other European universities and research institutions in various European Union programs and in American and Swiss research funds.
The vision of The Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv is to strengthen its position as a leading Bulgarian educational, research and cultural institution of European and national importance, recognizable in the globalized world, characterized by dynamic development and competitive advantages in the fields of natural sciences, humanities, social and cultural sciences, and technologies.