South-West University

Introduction

The South-West University "Neofit Rilski" was first founded as a Branch of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". The first 200 students are admitted 1976/77 in two specialties - Pedagogy for the preparation of teachers for kindergartens and Pedagogy for preparation of teachers for primary schools. In this way for the first time in Bulgaria starts preparation of teachers with University degree for kindergartens and primary schools. The tutorials are realized by three Professors, two Assoc. Professors and thirteen Assistant Professors.

With Act No. 2296 dated 4 August 1983 of the State Council of the Republic of Bulgaria (State Newspaper No. 62/1983), the Branch is transformed into separate Higher Pedagogical Institute. The Institute is looking for own image and own way in the preparation of teachers. Two years later in 1985 starts functioning Scientific Council. It has the right to elect Assoc. Professors in Pedagogy, Psychology, Defectology and Methodology of Teaching.  Many new specialties like Mathematics, Physics, Bulgarian Language and Literature, Bulgarian Language and History find place in the study programmes. In 1990 already is realized education of full time and part time students in five faculties and in ten specialties.

The Institute more and more confirms itself as higher school of university type. Starts admission of foreign students.

In the period of time after 1990, under the influence of the processes of democratization in all spheres of the social life and in accordance with the Law for Academic Autonomy, the Higher School in Blagoevgrad develops with accelerated rates. New specialties and faculties are created. Alongside with the education financed by the state, paid education is introduced.

In regards of the reached level of development and the high demand of specialists with university degree especially in the field of Economics, Law and the social activities, with decision of the People's Assembly dated July 1995 (State Newspaper No. 68/1995), the Higher Pedagogical Institute, Blagoevgrad becomes South-West University Neofit Rilski, Blagoevgrad.

In this act are reflected the following basic moments:

  • Conformity with the requirements of clause 17, paragraph 2, p. 1 of the Law for Higher Education for the preparation of specialists in specialties from the basic fields of science - humanitarian, social, natural and technical.
  • Existence of the necessary teaching and scientific staff.
  • Considerable structural changes in the Higher School. Created are the Faculty of Economy, the Faculty of Law and the Medico-pedagogical Faculty. New humanitarian, natural-scientific, pedagogical and technological specialties are created.
  • On 27 January 1997 with Act No. 16 of the Council of Ministers, the College of Machine Building and Electrotechnics, Blagoevgrad is transformed into Technical College, affiliated in the structure of the South-West University, Blagoevgrad.

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Master in Computer Sciences

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

Neofit Rilski South-West University prepares qualified experts in Informatics that can apply their knowledge and skills in the area of science, culture, education and... [+]

Master in Computer Sciences

 

Neofit Rilski South-West University prepares qualified experts in Informatics that can apply their knowledge and skills in the area of science, culture, education and economics in Bulgaria and abroad.After completion of Master of Science in Informatics degree they can successfully realize themselves as: programmers, system and network administrators and designers, graphic designers, scientists, experts in hardware and software technologies.At completion of Master of Science in Informatics degree, students obtain:

profound knowledge in the area of Informatics; good preparation in the area of Informatics and Mathematics as well as solid practical skills conforming to modern European standards and requirements; formation of affinity and ability for independent research and design; basis for continuing education at PhD degree; good opportunities for realizing as experts in Bulgaria or abroad; thinking style and affinity to the quickly changing requirements of the information society. ... [-]

Master in Computer Systems and Technologies

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

Graduates of this program are prepared for working in one of the most promising technical areas related to the use and implementation of computer systems... [+]

Master in Computer Systems and Technologies

 

Graduates of this program are prepared for working in one of the most promising technical areas related to the use and implementation of computer systems and information technology in all areas of business of the country - industry, government and private business, health, transport, banking communications, ecology, education, services and etc.The training of Specialist in Masters Programme "Computer systems and technologies" is consistent with the Bulgarian and world experience through a thorough analysis of curricula for similar specialties of local and foreign universities, colleges and universities.

Structure and organization of the teaching process:... [-]


Master in Cultural Management and Visual Communications

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

This programme is for people who wish to enhance their managerial expertise through active learning. It is suitable for people who are currently working... [+]

Master in Cultural Management and Visual Communications

 

This programme is for people who wish to enhance their managerial expertise through active learning. It is suitable for people who are currently working in the field, or those who are seeking to use expertise from elsewhere and who have a strong interest in arts and cultural activity.The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Cultural Management and Visual Communication is a discursive platform designed to impart specialist knowledge of contemporary cultural management practices through practice-oriented projects and film studies.The Postgraduate Programme in CULTURAL MANAGEMENT AND VISUAL COMMUNICATION examines the key issues involved in contemporary cultural policy practice through taught modules, group activities, and practical project work. Coursework explores different areas of knowledge, and involves the development and production of projects through lectures and workshops delivered by the lecturers, theorists, producers and filmmakers. The programme focuses on cooperative, interdisciplinary working methods.It provides participants with an indepth enquiry into the key areas of cultural management, film practice and relevant theory. Students are guided in the development of tools to assess the context of their work, to critically appraise their own practice, and to establish a suitable network for this activity. The Master's programme involves a submission of a written dissertation (master thesis).The aim of the The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Cultural Management and Visual Communication is to examine changes in current cultural production and to develop innovative displays in relation to these. Aimed at participants from the fields of art, culture and film and media, the programme aims to open up new perspectives in the professional field. The programme also fosters the development of an international network, promoting opportunities for course participants to conduct projects locally, in Europe, and further afield.Duration of the programme is 2 terms regular and 4 terms part-time as a rule and comprises a total of 60 ETCS-Credits  or 120 ETCS-Credits.... [-]


Master in Ecology and Environmental Protection

Campus Full time October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

Master's program to acquire "Master in Ecology and Environmental Protection" provides a solid theoretical and practical training as a basis for... [+]

Master in Ecology and Environmental Protection

 

Master's program to acquire "Master in Ecology and Environmental Protection" provides a solid theoretical and practical training as a basis for realization of specialists in all areas and activities related to environmental protection.Training of students in master's program provides comprehensive scientific theoretical and specialized training in the specialty, by building over the fundamental knowledge obtained in the course of training for degree "bachelor" in the specialty "Ecology and environmental protection".The emphasis is on increasing the professional competence and skill formation for making strategic and tactical management decisions, work in business management programs in the field of environmental protection, performing a specialized research and on developing creativity teaching and expertise.The acquisition of "Master in Ecology and Environmental Protection" is a prerequisite for professional development of students such as experts, government officials and heads of departments to manage the environment; in information systems environment, the structures of the ministries municipalities and other environmental authorities, in carrying out research and teaching on issues of sustainable (environmentally friendly) development and environmental protection, etc.... [-]


Master in Educational Management

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

This program helps students qualify for the position of manager of education institutions. It enables them to carry out organizational and managerial... [+]

Master in Educational Management

 

This program helps students qualify for the position of manager of education institutions. It enables them to carry out organizational and managerial activities in education, to perform tasks for effective management of various educational organizations–state-founded, privately owned, lifelong learning organizations etc.The program aims to create trained professionals capable of managingorganization systems for educational services in pre-primary, secondary and higher education and their improvement and development in line with current trends in theory and practice of management education and changing socialenvironment.Graduate students with a Master’s degree in Educational Management are prepar ed to:... [-]


Master in Energy Sources and Environment Protection

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

The curriculum of the master program was developed in line with state educational requirements and European educational norms and trends. It consists of obligatory... [+]

Master in Energy Sources and Environment Protection

 

The master program "Contemporary energy sources and environment preservation" with duration of 2 semesters is appropriate for students with an acquired educational-qualificational degree "bachelor" of physics.The master program "Contemporary energy sources and environment preservation" with duration of 4 semesters is appropriate for students graduated from other bachelor programs that give good mathematics preparations as in mathematics, informatics, chemistry, computer systems and technologies and other engineering specialties. The qualificational characteristics defines the professional profile and realization of specialist with educational-qualificational degree "master" of physics, as well as the requirements towards the students during their preparation.The curriculum of the master program was developed in line with state educational requirements and European educational norms and trends. It consists of obligatory, optional and elective disciplines that dive theoretical and applied knowledge in modern areas of physics and its application in other sciences, and in production.... [-]


Master in English Philology

Campus Full time October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

The Master's degree in English Philology /Translation and Modern English Literature qualifies the graduates for a PhD degree. Adiitionally the studensts are provided... [+]

Master in English Philology

 

The following professional standards define the competencies and skills of the Master's degree graduates in English Philology/Translation and Modern English Literature.On the basis of the competencies and skills the students have already acquired in their Bachelor's degree program in English Philology, they expand, enlarge and build up their professional competencies in the sphere of both theory and practice of English Philology. The main focus is laid on:

English and world literature and Literary Theory; British and American Studies; Theory and practice of the different types of translation as well as on the sociocultural aspects of translation; ... [-]

Master in International Economic Relations

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

The master program on the major "International Economic Relations" aims to prepare qualificated cadres for execution of foreign economic and foreign... [+]

Master in International Economic Relations

 

The curriculum has been worked out for students graduated a major different from the direction 3.8. Economics, 3.7. Administration and management and 3.9. TourismThe master program on the major "International Economic Relations" aims to prepare qualificated cadres for execution of foreign economic and foreign trade operations on different levels of the economic and the administrative sistem of the Republic of Bulgaria, for the sections of the banking sistem and the non-banking financial institutions, the Central bank and the structures o f the EU, international organizations and the subdivisions of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, stock and fund and stock exchanges and exchange of currency offices.The persons who are to complete the educational and qualification degree of "master" on "International Economic Relations" shall be able to possess and exercise concrete skills in the field of:Finance manager, international investments specialist, specialist on foreign trade and currency operations, international credits expert, broker or dealer, customs inspector, etc.... [-]


Master in International Tourism

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

The Master degree programme is envisaged to upgrade both the theoretical knowledges and the practical skills which provide opportunies for setting and organizing... [+]

Master in International Tourism

 

The Master degree programme is envisaged to upgrade both the theoretical knowledges and the practical skills which provide opportunies for setting and organizing of one's own tourism business and/or of working successfully on high-level management positins in the field of tourism. Therefore, the curriculum comprises courses which define and master the basics of knowledge in the organization and technology of international tourism, in the finances of international tourism, the deifferent aspects of  planning transport,  modelling tourist trips and  the necessary marketing researches in this regard. Specific attention is also paid to some specific issues in the organization and management of international tourism such as sustainable development, project management, e-trade and some particular activities such as management of  health tourism, catering events, cultural tourism, spa and wellness tourism, international tourism cooperation and social psychology and tourist behaviour.... [-]


Master in Metrology in chemistry

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

Students become conversant with the following main aspects of chemistry: Major aspects of analytical chemical and metrology terminology, nomenclature... [+]

Master in Metrology in chemistry

 

Students become conversant with the following main aspects of chemistry:

Major aspects of analytical chemical and metrology terminology, nomenclature, conventions and units The major types of measurement and calibration techniques and their main characteristics The principles and procedures used in chemical analysis and characterization of chemical compounds The principal instrumental techniques, including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, chromatography, analytical electrochemistry. The principal techniques of sampling and sample preparation Mathematematical methods in measurement data evaluation

 Outcomes: Abilities and Skills. These are divided into three broad categories:... [-]


Master in Regional Development

Campus Full time October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

Master's degree program "Master in Geography" - "Regional Development" provides a solid theoretical and practical training and refers to specialists who have... [+]

Master in Regional Development

 

Master's degree program "Master in Geography" - "Regional Development" provides a solid theoretical and practical training and refers to specialists who have acquired qualifications "Bachelor" on course "Geography".Master training program provides comprehensive scientific theoretical and specialized training in the specialty, by building over the fundamental knowledge obtained in the course of training for degree "Bachelor".The emphasis is on increasing the professional competence and skill formation for making strategic and tactical management decisions, work in business management programs in the field of regional development performance of a specialized research and on developing the creativity of teaching and expertise.Ensure training of the students profiled in-depth specialization in the Master's program - "Regional Development", which will be based on the incorporation into the required lectures. Moreover, it provides an opportunity, depending on the combination of electives to achieve a more wide-and interdisciplinary training, ensure the successful adaptation of future graduates in terms of accelerated social, economic and technological changes.Degree "Master in Geography" - "Regional Development" is a solid premise for a successful career in all areas and activities related to regional development - experts, government officials and heads of management units, regional development and regional policy; in regional development in the structures of ministries, municipalities and other bodies dealing with regional development in the implementation of research and teaching on sustainable regional development uplavlenie and conducting regional policy, etc.... [-]


Master in Sociological Studies and Political Marketing

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

Through this Master'sprogram - the only one of its kind - the Master graduates can find realization as participants in the interaction between political and... [+]

Master in Sociological Studies and Political Marketing

 

The Department of Sociology offers Masters' Programmes for specialists and non-specialists open to students in the humanities and more specifically to those with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Philosophy, History, Ethnology, .Cultural Studies, Psychology, Law, International relations, etc.The main objective of the program is through the use of various academic methods and practices to build knowledge and skills in the students to prepare questionnaires, to understand their objective and accurate reading, and to build thorough analyses of data, on the functioning of the political model of governance in Bulgaria, specific and essential functions of the institutions in the country, and the forms of local government. All this is situated in the context of European sociological and political analyses and practices.Through this Master'sprogram - the only one of its kind - the Master graduates can find realization as participants in the interaction between political and civil institutions and organizations; sociologists researchers; participants in projects working with foundations and non-formal organizations; in fields like government, public relations, preparation of textbooks for high schools.Keeping the high standards of the fundamental preparation, the teaching of Master's students in Sociology puts an emphasis on the practical orientation of the specialized training and on the concrete study of Bulgarian society.The teaching staff of the Department of Sociology consists of highly qualified habilitated scholars who have specialized in leading Western academic centres and have rich research experience.... [-]


Master in Sociology and Anthropology of Religion

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

The courses in the Master's program "Sociology and Anthropology of Religion" explore the role of religion in human societies and the different ways... [+]

Master in Sociology and Anthropology of Religion

 

The Department of Sociology offers Masters' Programmes for specialists and non-specialists open to students to students in the  humanities and more specifically to those with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Philosophy, History, Ethnology, .Cultural Studies, Psychology, Law, International relations, etc.The main objective of the program is using various academic  methods to help students build awareness and skill benchmarking and expert behavior in the dialogue between different religions.The courses in the Master's program "Sociology and Anthropology of Religion" explore the role of religion in human societies and the different ways in which people in their historical development have been looking for the meaning of their existence.The main highlights of the program are:... [-]


Master in South-East Europe in Contemporary International Relations

Campus Full time 1 - 2  October 2017 Bulgaria Blagoevgrad

The educational contents of “International Relations” is oriented towards the obtaining of systematical and thorough knowledge related to the history and theory of... [+]

Master in South-East Europe in Contemporary International Relations

 

In 2009 a program accreditation for professional field 3.3. “Political Sciences” for educational qualification degree “Bachelor” and “Master” for the period of six years until 2015 was gained.In “International Relations” specialists for diplomatic, consular and general foreign policy activities are prepared.Graduates can work at all units and institutions on the problems of international relations and foreign policy of the country in the state sector as well as the private sector. They can work as:

officials, foreign policy experts and advisors in central state  agencies; officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its branches in our country as well as abroad–embassies, consulates, cultural services, etc. advisers and analysts in Bulgarian departments for security and defense (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense); researchers at scientific institutes and professors at institutions of higher education; foreign policy commentators and experts at the international departments of mass media; specialists at the departments of international activity of state offices, non-state, non-economic public organizations, chambers of commerce, customs, import and export corporations as well as at the agencies of transnational corporations, foreign companies with mixed participation; officials at European Union’s structures and other international organizations in our country and abroad. ... [-]