Technical University of Varna


Technical University of Varna was established in 1962 by a decree of the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria and a decree of the National Assembly.

The new university should provide engineers for shipbuilding, transport, machinery, electricity and communications technology needed for industrial complexes in chemistry, shipbuilding and ship repair, engine building, transport, electrical engineering, electronics and communications developing in northeastern Bulgaria.

Initially, the university was established under the name of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Institute (Technical University of Varna) with three faculties: Mechanical, Electrical and shipbuilding. The first intake of students at the Technical University of Varna is in the school year 1963/64 on the following specialties: Internal combustion engines, Marine engines and machinery, Shipbuilding, Engine building technology, Electrical machinery and apparatus, Radio engineering, Telecommunication equipment, Automation and remote control and Automation of production.

The establishment of the Technical University of Varna practically rebuilt the Technical Department at the State University "St. Cyril Slav" Varna, which had officially opened its doors on August 18, 1945. The Technical Faculty had the following departments: Machinebuilding, Shipbuilding, Electrical engineering, Construction and architecture as well as Industrial chemistry.

With the changes in the social and political life in Bulgaria during this period, the faculty and the university underwent major reforms. In 1958 the last shipbuilding engineers, educated at the Technical Faculty graduated. The first lecturers in Varna Technical University had taught students at the Technical School or were its alumni. Therefore it is believed that MEI-Varna is the successor of the Engineering Faculty of the State University of Varna.

During the years of its existence, Varna Technical University from a small institute preparing engineers of regional importance, became the Technical University of national importance conducting the training of students in 23 majors. For 40 years of activity of the Technical University of Varna 28,976 graduates have been certified in the field of Engineering, Natural Science, Mathematics and Computing, Social, Economic and Legal Sciences and Teaching Technical science and technology.

Our Mission



Technical University of Varna is a state educational institution which has taken the challenge and responsibility to serve the needs of society for training and development in a period of global technological and cultural changes.

Our mission is to be a factor in the development of the intellectual potential of Bulgaria, to support the process of sustainable development and contribute to the attainment of new standards of communication between nations.

Based on a close partnership with industry, intensive research activities, close cooperation with European universities, using the achievements and traditions of the university to provide the training of market-oriented engineering professionals from all educational qualifications and degrees for the Bulgarian and world economy in the sphere of:

  • Shipbuilding and shipping
  • Engineering and engineering technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Automation
  • Communications and Computer Engineering
  • Energetics
  • Industrial Management
  • Ecology and art and technology for protection of the environment and the sea.

Technical University of Varna is the only Bulgarian civil state university which, given its geographical position, performs the specific mission to integrate into an overall process the preparation of graduates and performance of research related to shipbuilding and marine technology, shipping and water transport, ecology, techniques and technologies for the protection of sea area.

To achieve this mission the Technical University of Varna counts on:

the competence, enthusiasm and faith of its staff and students in the advancement of society through knowledge and shared values - a reputation established over nearly half a century old presence in the spiritual and economic life of Varna and Bulgaria; the cooperation with state and local institutions and business organizations; expanding partnerships with universities and research institutions from Bulgaria, the EU and beyond.

Long-term goals

  • Approval of the Technical University of Varna as a modern university implementing lifelong learning
  • Approval of the Technical University of Varna as innovation and technology center serving the industry of the country and the Black Sea region; Achievement and strengthening its international position in the field of education and research
  • Resurgence of the policy of the University of continuity in training and development of its academic members
  • Improving university management for efficient use of financial resources (cost effectiveness)
  • Maintenance and improvement of the quality of the learning process for highly skilled and market-oriented specialists.


The strategy of TU-VARNA for the implementation of its mission and goals includes:

  • diversification of educational products in a horizontal aspect (through the development of programs in various fields of science) and in a vertical aspect (to acquire educational qualifications of Specialist ("professional bachelor"), Bachelor, Master and Doctor )
  • diversification of forms of education - regular, extramural, evening and remote learning
  • development and maintenance of the unique specialties for the country, giving significant strategic advantage in the differentiation and development of unique technologies and production
  • geographical market development by attracting foreign students
  • changing the University from an educational institution which provides education “for life" into an institution conducting lifelong education through the development of educational services in the field of " life long learning".
  • the introduction of new forms and methods of training, activating self-training and practical training of students, including applications in the educational process of distance learning based on web-based training and examination ("E-learning") and the use of global local area networks and the Internet
  • establishing long-term partnerships for scientific services for industry
  • establishment of permanent integration links with Bulgarian and European universities through participation in joint projects
  • conversion of the Technical University of Varna into an international scientific congress center in the Black Sea region.

Harmonization of the strategy and objectives of the TU-Varna with the national and regional strategic objectives

A key priority facing the Technical University of Varna after the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union is harmonizing the parameters of the study and research at the University with the trends in EU higher education through:

  • development of a three-tier system of education (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • management and total use of the system of credit transfer, ensuring mobility of students;
  • mobility of training and research work of lecturers, students and postgraduates
  • establishment of a system for managing the quality of teaching and research as a guarantor for sustainable development.

The synchronization of the mission and goals of the Technical University - Varna with the national and regional strategic objectives consists in:

  • preparation of wide-profile experts in Engineering and Technology having interdisciplinary knowledge and ensuring the development of the national economy
  • preparation of highly qualified specialists in the sphere of marine industry, providing the development of shipbuilding, ship repair, port operation, shipping operation, chemical and energy industries
  • training of highly qualified specialists in the sphere of ecology of marine environment and equipment and technology for the protection of marine environment from pollution
  • training of specialists in industrial management, able to competently manage industrial organizations in the field of shipbuilding and maritime transport, mechanical engineering, electronics and communication
  • strategic development of research in the field of computer technology, electronics, communications, materials science, mechanical engineering, shipbuilding, transportation and other fields of science and technology
  • training of specialists with higher education, meeting the needs of the North East region of Bulgaria of wideprofile specialists in the field of agriculture with knowledge and skills in the areas of "Engineering and Technology" and "Crop and livestock."

The analysis of the above facts shows that the Technical University of Varna has a precisely formulated and communicated mission, strategy, aims and tasks and the conducted education policy and research in the 60-year period from its establishment to the present moment fully comply with the adopted and announced program documents.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Bulgarian

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Electrical Engineering Faculty

Campus Full time October 2016 Bulgaria Varna

Departments - Electrical Power Supply and Equipment - Electroenergetics (Power Engineering) - Electrical Engineering and Technologies - Theoretical and Measuring Electrical Engineering - Physical Education and Sport - Social and Law Sciences [+]

Departments Electrical Power Supply and Equipment The Electrical Power Supply and Equipment Department was established in 1971, simultaneously with the opening of the eponymous major with two subjects: Electricity Supply to Industries Electrical Equipment of Water Transport Over the past years teaching and research processes are carried out by highly qualified professors, graduates of bulgarian and foreign universities (Russia, Germany, Czech Republic). The bulgarian and foreign experience was beneficial to the department and specialty as a whole. A significant part of the faculty in the department have carried out long-term specialization in Denmark, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. Have established fruitful contacts with foreign universities. Were established and maintained relations with universities in Kosice, Izhevsk, Riga, St. Petersburg, Light & Optics - Denmark, Prague, Brno, Rostock, Budapest, Odessa, and with similar departments in other universities. Strengthened and developed contacts with foreign universities have made it possible to share the experiences of prominent scientists. Department "Electric Power Supply and Electrical Equipment" is responsible for education of highly qualified specialists for the needs of electrical industry, electrical power engineering, electrical power supply and electrical equipment in industry, transport and household appliances, illuminating engineering and other applications of electricity. Electroenergetics (Power Engineering) The Electroenergetics (Power Engineering) Department was established in 1974 to provide specialized training for students of the major of Electroenergetics. For 30 years the Department has prepared and seen the graduation of over 1,000 electrical engineers who have successfully found their realisation in all the structures of electroenergetic systems (hydro, thermal, nuclear power plants, substations, power supply plants and transmission plants , energy departments of industrial enterprises and shipping), in their capacity of designers , engineers in electro-testing laboratories, senior engineers, dispatchers, department heads, managers of electricity companies, researchers, etc. The Department also conducts the training of postgraduate students in the scientific specialties: power plants and substations, electrical networks and systems, high voltageequipment, electro-insulation and cableequipment. The major of Electroenergetics in Bulgaria has received accreditation only at TU-Varna. Electrical Engineering and Technologies The Electrical Engineering and Technologies Department is a successor to the Electrical Machines and Apparatus Department established on 01.09.1964, which originally comprised a staff of one assistant and a technician. Majors BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: Electrical Engineering Bachelor of Science training course at ЕЕТ Department specialising in “Renewable Energy Sources” and “Electrotechnologies” MASTER OF SCIENCE: Renewable Energy Sources Theoretical and Measuring Electrical Engineering The Theoretical and Measuring Electrical Engineering Department was established in 1963. Currently the Department has six training laboratories in which students from all majors at TU-Varna are being trained. The Department conducts training in the following fields: Theoretical Electrical Engineering General Electrical Engineering Electrical Power Measurements Physical Education and Sport A major priority in the work of the instructors at the Department is the formation of a system of vital sports skills and habits, increasing the locomotive abilities and giving a set of specific knowledge to students needed in their daily and sports activities. Building up students' physical activity aims at improving their functional capabilities and the adaptive and protective functions of their organisms to respond to the adverse effects of the environment. This is the basis of health improvement and preservation of high overall performance. Social and Law Sciences The department of Social and Legal Sciences provides education in the specialty “Social Management”, Bachelor degree programme, professional field 3.4.Social Work. The accreditation of the programme has been provided by the Social And Legal Sciences Commission at the National Agency for Assessment and Accreditation on 28.07.2010. (Protocol № 18) for a period of six years. The department offers education in the same career direction in five accredited Master degree programmes: Social Management, European Social Integration, Safety and Healthy Conditions at Work, Social Work with Children, Social Work with Individuals with Deviant Behaviour. [-]

Faculty of Automation and Computing

Campus Full time October 2016 Bulgaria Varna

Departments - Automation of manufacturing - Computer Sciences and Technologies - Electronic and micro-electronic engineering - Communication engineering [+]

Departments Automation of manufacturing Computer Sciences and Technologies The department offers training on the following majors: Software and Internet Technology Computer systems and Technology Studies’ curriculum for the first time in Bulgaria is fully in line with international standards for training in computer science and technology. CST Department regularly update their curricula, thereby allowing the latest achievements in the field of computer science and information technology to be promptly provided to the students. Updating curricula is based on the job market requirements for IT professionals on the most recent recommendations of the IEEE (World Organisation of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and ACM (Association for computing machinery), and ongoing academic programs of leading universities. Electronic and micro-electronic engineering Electronic engineering is one of the most high-tech and dynamic fields. It has significant influence and applications in many other scientific and technical fields. With their extensive knowledge and adaptive capacity "Electronics" graduates are well prepared for successful careers in services, manufacturing, consulting and design of electronic components and systems used in industry, medicine, communications, computers, etc. Department "Electronic engineering and Microelectronics" maintains close ties with industry and extensive international contacts. Research and applied research in the department are mainly in: Electronic controllers and power electronic converters; Modern technologies for the design of integrated circuits and electronic systems, microprocessor-based control, management and diagnostics systems; Medical electronic equipment for prevention, diagnosis and therapy; Information and measurement systems, industrial controllers and sensors. Students of "Electronics" can enjoy the rich library of technical periodicals issued by the global organization of engineers in electronics and electrical engineering IEEE. They can obtain through INTERNET additional information on the developments in electronics and other sciences. Laboratories have the latest reference and catalog literature. Communication engineering The department is part of the EE Faculty at the Technical University of Varna and is responsible for special training in "Communications Equipment and Technologies" in "Bachelor" and "Master’s" degrees. The Department provides training on specific subjects as well as other subjects and modules in the EE Faculty, and the Technical University - Varna. The department has laboratories equipped with modern measuring instrumentation in the field of communications and computers, in which the lecturers and students can perform training and research work in the following areas: communication circuits, radio waves and radio lines, analog circuitry, antennas and microwave equipment, measurements in communications, optoelectronics and optical communications, digital transmission systems, signal processing, switching and multiplexing technique, radio communication equipment, terminals, television and video, data and computer communications, audio equipment, telecommunications networks, radio navigational instruments, radio finding cable communication lines; sonar equipment. [-]

Mechanical Engineering Faculty

Campus Full time October 2016 Bulgaria Varna

Departments - Materials Science and Technology - Mechanical Engineering and Machine Tools Technology - Industrial Design - Automotive Engineering and Technologies - Technical Mechanics - Economics and managment [+]

Departments Materials Science and Technology The Department of Materials Science and Technology (MST) is a department in the structure of the Technical University of Varna. It was established in the first academic year (1963-64) of the Higher Technical School which had been restored in 1962. The Department of Materials Science and Technology is the leading department for the training in the following majors: Mechanical Engineering and Technology - Bachelor’s Degree, Equipment and Instalations in Chemical, Oil and Gas Industry – Bachelor’s Degree, Mechanical Engineering and Technology – Master’s Degree, Chemical Engineering – Master’s Degree, Technology Machinery and Welding Systems – Master’s Degree, Materials Science and Technology of Mechanical Engineering Materials - Doctoral (PhD) Degree, cipher 02/01/02 Mechanical Engineering and Machine Tools Technology The Mechanical Engineering and Machine Tools Technology Department (MEMTT) was established with the founding of the Technical University of Varna (then the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Institute-Varna) in 1969. It lays the foundations of the general engineering department at the University. The first Head of the Department was Senior Lecturer Jordan Pashov. At present, the main functions of the MEMTT Department are associated with training students majoring in "Mechanical Engineering and Technologies" and "Computerized Technologies in Mechanical Engineering", as well as providing training courses for other majors such as: Automotive Engineering and Technologies (AET); Mechanical and Precision Engineering (MPE), Chemical Engineering (CE), Automation, Information and Control Engineering (AICE), Ship Machines and Mechanisms (SMM), Shipbuilding (S), Industrial Management (IM) and others. Industrial Design Career. Engineer - designer with specialty "Industrial Design" and "Bachelor" or "Master" degree receive training to perform highly qualified designer, creative, executive and managerial activities in the field of: Industrial design, electrical and electronic industry products, household and industrial products, household appliances design, graphic design, advertising, interior and exterior design, artistic design. In these areas of professional activity "Bachelors" and "Masters" in specialty "Industrial Design" should apply technological, economic, environmentally friendly and ergonomic design approaches and methods. Automotive Engineering and Technologies Automotive Engineering and technology (internal combustion engines and automobiles) has Bachelor and Master’s Degrees and belongs to the professional branch of Engineering and Technology specializing Transport, Shipping and Aviation. AET specialty training has come to existence since 1963. It is a successor of the specialty Internal Combustion Engines in which students were trained up to 1993 in the Department of Internal Combustion Engines. The educational objectives of specialty Transport Engineering in BA and MA degrees are associated with training highly qualified and wide-ranging specialists with higher education having opportunities in almost all fields of modern engineering and transport industry: engine building, automobile construction, operation and maintenance of transport equipment, organization and management of transport, ecology, and research, development and design activities in companies, research institutes and other scientific units. AET Department is part of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty. The department consists of 10 full-time lecturers, 3 guest lecturers, 4 full- time Ph.D, one technical assistant and two mechanics Technical Mechanics The department of Technical mechanics provides fundamental education and training in the fields of: „Theoretical mechanics”, „Mechanics”, „Technical mechanics”, „Mechanics of materials”, “Strength of Materials”„Theory of mechanisms and machines”. Lectures and tutorials are delivered for students of the following major programs: „Machine engineering”, „Electrotechnics, electronics, automatics”, „Transport, marine transport and aviation”, „Energetics and Power engineering” and others. The research and international collaboration are related to the scientific fields as follows: Dynamics of mechanical systems, Continuum mechanics, Robotics and mechatronics, Oscilations theory, Vibrodiagnostics, etc. The department has been established with the foundation of the University. Economics and managment The Department of Economics and Management is part of the Faculty of Marine Sciences and Ecology at the Technical University of Varna together with the departments of Navigation, Management of Transport and Preservation of Waterways’ Purity; Ecology and Environmental Protection and Physics. It is responsible for the training of all university students in the subject areas of economics and management. Since 1991, it has offered training in Industrial Management Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes and in 2011 a new Bachelor’s programme in Technological Innovations and Entrepreneurship was launched. [-]

Shipbuilding Faculty

Campus Full time October 2016 Bulgaria Varna

Departments - Shipbuilding - Ship Machines and Mechanisms - Navigation, transport management and preservation of waterways - Ecology and Environmental Protection - Plant- growing - Thermotechnics (Heat Engineering) [+]

Departments Shipbuilding The Shipbuilding Department provides specialized training for acquiring the academic degrees: Bachelor of Science for the students of the major of Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering; for the students of other majors at TU-Varna, associated with the construction and operation of ships and marine structures; Master of Science for specialists with a Bachelor of Science degree on Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering for specialists with a Bachelor of Science degree on Mechanical Engineering and Operation of the Fleet. Ship Machines and Mechanisms The major of Marine Engineering was introduced in 1963, the first year of enrollment of students at the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Institute-Varna, now Technical University - Varna. The duration of study is 5 years for full-time and for part-time students, including 6 months of training sailing practice or production placement. Students graduate with the academic degree "Master of Science" and acquire the qualification degree of Qualified Engineer, also getting the opportunity to receive an internationally recognized certificate of competence "Watchkeeping Engineer". Navigation, transport management and preservation of waterways [-]

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1 Studentska str.
9010 Varna. Bulgaria

Varna, 9010 BG
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