The Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is the first higher educational institution in Bulgaria. Its history is an embodiment and a continuation of centuries of cultural and educational tradition in this country.
Public teaching activities in Bulgaria date back to the second half of the 9th century. During the Bulgarian Renaissance, a new idea for opening a School of Higher Education was conceived.
The prestige of the School of Higher Education grew rapidly with the cultural and educational mission it acquired after the Liberation in 1878.
Year by year the Sofia University has developed into an important academic and scientific centre on the Balkans, a well developed academic institution with European dimensions. Today Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski is the largest and most prestigious educational and scientific centre in the country.
Its main building is situated at 15 Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd. The Faculties of Mathematics and Informatics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Journalism and Mass Communication, Theology, Economics and Business Administration, and Preschool and Primary School Education are spread over several campuses around Sofia.
Sofia University is an educational and scientific institution which has chosen the path of a research university. It has adopted the principle that the high level of science and research is an obligatory step towards establishing effective interaction between education as a process, science, technology development and innovation policy.
Sofia University research activity has been developing under the Strategy for Scientific Research (2009-2014) established by the academia. It identifies the priority research areas, following Sofia University tradition to ensure freedom of choosing particular research goals to the lecturers at the same time. Project funding has won recognition as the main instrument for supporting scientific research. Today, Sofia University takes an active part in a number of projects funded by national and European programmes, by ministries, national agencies, NGOs and business enterprises.
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