The eldest, the most prestigious and the largest economic university in Southeastern Europe
The University of National and World Economy (UNWE) is the eldest, the most prestigious and the largest economic university in Southeastern Europe.
The academic Managing body makes efforts to implement the major objectives of university - to prepare the Bulgarian elite as it has always done since its establishment, to be a leader in the Bulgarian higher education, an integral part of the European educational and research area, to provide competitive educational services as well as to be a preferred place for the young people who want to acquire modern education.
The UNWE has 8 Faculties: General Economics Faculty, Finance and Accountancy Faculty, Business Faculty, Economics of Infrastructure Faculty, International Economics and Politics Faculty, Management and Administration Faculty, Applied Informatics and Statistics Faculty and Law Faculty. About 500 lecturers work at the UNWE and 300 of them are Professors and Associate Professors.
The UNWE is the largest Bulgarian university having 21 534 students in full-time and distance form of education studying in 43 Bachelor`s degree specialities and 108 Master`s degree specialities as well as about 500 Bulgarian and foreign Doctoral students studying in 38 Doctoral degree programmes.
UNWE is the coordinating university for Bulgaria in the Central European Initiative for relations between universities. It collaborates with more than 100 universities from all over the world and works with them on joint Master`s degree programmes, scientific research projects, distance learning, students and lecturers exchange.
Holders of the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa of UNWE are authoritative persons from Europe and 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. Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic, Prof. Danuta Hubner, 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.
Notable alumni of the university are five Prime Ministers of Bulgaria – Reneta Indzhova, Stefan Sofiyanski, Ivan Kostov, Marin Raykov and Plamen Oresharski; the current chief executive officer of the World Bank and ex-European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources in the college of the Juncker Commission – Kristalina Georgieva; and the director of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics and ex-Minister of Finance of Bulgaria Simeon Djankov.