University of Veliko Turnovo
St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo was established in 1963 as the Brothers Cyril and Methodius Higher Institute of Education. Officially it is proclaimed as a Second Bulgarian University on October 14, 1971.
Currently the training in the university is provided by nine faculties: Faculty of Modern Languages, Faculty of History, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Orthodox Theology.
The total number of students is over 14 000 from Bulgaria and abroad, and the teaching staff – over 600. Bachelor’s degree is acquired in over 60 degree courses, Master’s degree – in over 160 degree courses, and PhD – in more than 50 degree courses.
The University of Veliko Turnovo is a respected and preferred partner by academic institutions across Europe, the United States, Africa and Asia. The University maintains active contacts with lots of higher institutions all over the world and has more than 80 agreements for direct bilateral cooperation.
Within the framework of Erasmus programme as a part of the Lifelong Learning Programme and other European programmes, the University has over 220 agreements for academic mobility and research with universities from all European Union countries.
The university complex includes the main campus, ceremonial hall (aula) of 500 seats and study buildings, the central library, a sports centre, student dining hall, dormitories, plus three campuses in the centre of Veliko Turnovo with libraries, student dining halls and dormitories.
The University of Veliko Turnovo is located in a peaceful and romantic town which combines historical grandeur and unique beauty, values and traditions. The history of the Second Bulgarian State began here when the city was the capital of Medieval Bulgaria, in a time when knowledge and culture reached their peak. Today Veliko Turnovo has a leading position in the Bulgarian academic and cultural life.
In the beginning of 21st century the University of Veliko Turnovo is the largest Bulgarian university outside the capital and it is a highly-respected centre for humanities and arts, maintaining a wide range of international contacts and enjoying both a national and international reputation.