Bourgas Free University
University description (as per official university website)
It is the mission of Burgas Free University to be a flexible, enterprising and socially responsible institution, which provides training of undergraduates and graduates with skills for quick professional realization and career in the dynamic and globalizing environment of today. BFU provides education devoted to the national prosperity and oriented towards the European values.
The main aims of the activities at BFU are as follows:
To train highly-qualified and motivated specialists capable of working towards the development and improvement of society and of their own prosperity.
To train socialized, communicative specialists, ready to constantly qualify and improve themselves.
To inspire and stimulate the students for high achievements, social development and life-long learning.
To provide scientific and professional environment, which supports contribution, entrepreneurship and leadership.
To incorporate, protect and support the contemporary academic community, its scientific and applied research and research teams.
To achieve scientific results of public importance, to promote their application into training and practice.
To contribute to the intellectual and spiritual development of personality and society, to maintain and enrich the national and human values.
For achieving the main aims of the mission BFU has developed several main priorities:
To provide specialities of high and sustainable demand being ahead of the trends in the labour market.
To orient education towards the requirements of practice through developing relations with business, professional organizations, non-governmental and state institutions.
To guarantee the students’ interests by providing opportunities for selection, representativeness, mobility and contribution.
To develop and improve its activity by creating a rational system for quality measuring and control.
To provide a socially acceptable price of education and apply methods for effective human resources management.
To comply the educational process with the European values and standards through integration into various academic institutions for exchange of experience and development of joint projects.
To direct the research activities to issues of significant practice for the public by developing a competitive environment of stimulation and funding.
To maintain an optimal level of academic staff by following the institutional criteria for selection, attestation and professional development.
To establish high standards for work and communication by providing modern material and technological environment.
Burgas Free University /BFU/ is a modern educational institution established with an act of the Great National Assembly on 18 September 1991. It is one of the first non-state universities in Bulgaria, established in the biggest industrial and cultural centre in the south-eastern region of the country.
The organisational structure of BFU is based on comparatively independent units differentiated on the grounds of academic autonomy. They comprise majors from the four basic fields of study. These are: Faculty of Legal Studies, Faculty of Business Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering.
BFU provides training of more than 7000 students /full-time and part-time/ in 12 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in Law, Finance, Accounting, Marekting, Business Administration, Public Relations, Journalism, Social Work, Computer Science, Computer Systems and Technologies, Communication Equipment and Computer Networks. There will also be a Master’s degree programme in Public Relations in English, from the new academic year 2008/2009. The graduates of BFU are over 12000.
Burgas Free University is a member of the European University Association, the Association of the Non-state Universities in Bulgaria, the Bulgarian Rectors’ Conference.
In 1998 an agrrement was signed between UNESCO and Bourgas Free University for the establishment of the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Culture of Peace at the Univeristy. Since then it has been working actively in the field of human rights, democracy, tolerance, peace, civic education and culture.
In 2005 BFU was certified under ISO 9001:2000.
In 2001 Burgas Free University was accredited by the National Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation with a Certificate №13/13.09.2001. In 2006 BFU was accredited again for the maximum period of 6 years.
In November 2004 BFU moved to its new premises. The new university campus is located in the city centre on an area of 22 000 m2. There are a total of 43 lecture halls, 3 language laboratories, 24 specialised laboratories, 6 computer classes, 6 specialised studies. A big polyfunctional conference centre is envisaged with an aula with 400 seats, a hall with 250 seats for audio-visual sound recording and simultaneous translations, and 2 conferece halls with 60 seats each. The centre will be used for study purposes, as well as for conducting conferences, congresses, seminars, performances, spectacles, etc. The university library occupies an area of 1500 m2 on 2 floors, with several computerized reading rooms with full access to Internet. A big service centre is designed for the free time of the students and their entertainment. It includes a sports and medical centre, 3 cafes, 1 night culb, book shops, copy centres, bank service spots, parking lots. A modern radio studio is established and equipped, and a TV studio is under construction.
In 2004 the building won the special prize “Building of the Year” and the architech Ms. Lyudmila Kysoeva – author of the design project, became “Architect of the Year”.