The University of National and World Economy (UNWE)

The University of National and World Economy /UNWE/ is the eldest, the most prestigious and the largest economic university in Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe. The academic management body focuses its efforts on the implementation of major UNWE objectives: to prepare the elite of the country, as it has always done ever since its foundation, to be a leader in the Bulgarian higher education – an integral part of the European educational and research area and preferable place for the young people willing to acquire modern education, to provide competitive educational services.

In 2017 the UNWE has obtained for the third time the highest assessment among all Bulgarian universities for a six-years period by the National Accreditation and Assessment Agency.   

The UNWE has 8 Faculties: General Economics Faculty, Finance and Accountancy Faculty, Management and Administration Faculty, Economics of Infrastructure Faculty, International Economics and Politics Faculty, Applied Informatics and Statistics Faculty, Business Faculty and Law Faculty. It has 34 Departments; Institute of Post-Graduate Studies Division /including Center for Facultative Education and Foreign Languages School/, Institute of Economics and Politics, Institute of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, Institute of Entrepreneurship; Center for Distance Learning, Regional Center for Distance Learning in Haskovo, Inter-University Center for Career Development, etc.

At the UNWE work about 500 lecturers, 300 of them are Professors and Associate Professors.

The UNWE has an Educational Quality Management System certified by Intertek in compliance with the International Standard ISO 9001:2008.

The UNWE occupies highly competitive positions. Traditionally it has the largest number of prospective students and a record number of excellent students in comparison with the other universities in our country.

The UNWE is the largest Bulgarian university. It has 21 534 students studying in full-time and distance form of education in 43 Bachelor`s degree specialities and 88 Master`s degree specialities as well as about 500 Bulgarian and foreign Ph.D. students studying in 41 Ph.D. programmes.

The UNWE collaborates with 133 universities from all over the world working with them on joint Master`s degree programmes, scientific research projects, distance learning, students and lecturers exchange. 

The UNWE has incorporated a credit system providing an opportunity for student mobility between the specialities as well as between other Bulgarian and foreign universities.

The UNWE editions include Almanac, Yearbook and Research Papers as well as the scientific journals Economic and Social Alternatives, Economic Alternatives, Business and Law, UNWE Newspaper.

Since its establishment 100 years ago the UNWE faculty members and alumni are eminent scientists, government figures, prime ministers, ministers, deputies, politicians, the first Bulgarian European Commissioner after the Lisbon Treaty entered into force, the first Bulgarian – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund /IMF/, the first Bulgarian – Director General of Eurostat, ambassadors, representatives of our country in authoritative international organizations, mayors, public figures, businessmen, bankers, etc. Over the last years six of the Bulgarian Prime Ministers are graduates of UNWE including the first woman prime minister.

Holders of the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa of UNWE are authoritative persons from Europe and the USA and among them are: Prof. Joseph Stiglitz and Prof. Paul Krugman, holders of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Franz Fischler, European Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof. Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, Prof. Danuta Hübner, European Commissioner, Prof. Francis Gurry, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Jean Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, Prof. Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization /UNWTO/, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, etc.