New Bulgarian University - NBU • Sofia, Bulgaria
New Bulgarian University in the country’s capital, Sofia, is a private liberal arts institution established on 18 September 1991 after a resolution by the Bulgarian Parliament. NBU has significantly contributed to higher education in the country as a whole; leading the way for the introduction of a credit system, encouraging continuing education, as well as welcoming to the country many professional degree programmes such as bachelors and masters. It is an accredited partner since 2004 of the Open University UK, and its motto is ne varietatem timeamus, which when translated from Latin means ‘let us not fear diversity.’ NBU’s logo depicts a person reading.
Students at NBU choose to follow courses in three areas, namely; Arts, Human Sciences and Humanities, and Natural Sciences and Modern Technologies. These subjects are further divided into many, more specific departments such as Tourism, Musical Arts, and Economics and Business Administration. The university’s IT and management departments tend to rank highly in Bulgaria. In 2014, the institute was considered second best in Bulgaria by the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.
Approximately 12,000 students attend NBU at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels and have a long list of courses from which they can choose. The university’s library sees around 150,000 visitors per year, and here students can find countless academic resources.
NBU campus is made up of two buildings which cater for much of the university’s needs and are complimented by various green areas for staff and students to enjoy. NBU also offers many language and computer labs, music studios, and a mock courtroom.
Research also has a place at NBU, at its centre; Central and East European Center for Cognitive Science. Other centres at the university include but are not limited to the Center for Public Administration, Center for Social Practices, and the Bulgarian Center for Human Relations.