New Bulgarian University

New Bulgarian University
Нов български университет
Motto Ne varietatem timeamus
Motto in English
Do not fear variety [1]
Type Private
Established 18 September 1991 (1991-09-18)
President Bogdan Bogdanov
Students ~ 7 000
Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Campus Urban

New Bulgarian University (Bulgarian: Нов български университет, also known and abbreviated as НБУ, NBU) is a private university based in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. NBU is the first private university in Bulgaria.[2] Its campus is located in the Ovcha kupel municipality in western Sofia, known for its proximity to the Vitosha mountain. The university's student body is smaller than that of older institutions in Bulgaria with approximately 7000 students, but larger than that of the American University in Bulgaria (1044), making it the largest private university in the country.

Since 2004, NBU is an accredited partner of The Open University Business School.[3]

As of 2014 the university offers 37 Bachelors, 69 Masters and 26 PhD programmes in several formats, including distance learning courses.


NBU was established on 18 September 1991 by Bogdan Bogdanov and a group of Bulgarian intellectuals with a resolution by Bulgarian Parliament. NBU's main purpose was to modernise Bulgarian higher education. 2,500 students were welcomed during the first year; a test of general education was introduced in 1995 and established as a uniform standard for the reception of students in 1996.

NBU educational museum was founded on 23 April 2010. The first exhibition was “Museum Network Resources”. It was the final stage of the project "Educational Museum at New Bulgarian University”. The project was funded by the National Fund for Research at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, the Cultural Heritage (study on national historic and culture legacy as a part of European culture heritage and advanced methods for preserving).[4]

Since 2010, NBU is the home of 'The Slug Theater', where the university's drama club present their shows.


NBU's academic library provides over 128 000 items accessed by 150 000 annual visitors.[5]


NBU's IT and management departments rank high in the country [6] and as of 2014 NBU ranks second in Bulgaria according to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities.[7]


The Central and East European Center for Cognitive Science (also as CEEC of Cognitive Science [8]) at the New Bulgarian University undertakes research in fundamental and applied cognitive science.[9] Research topics include: memory, thinking, language, learning, perception, context, applications to robotics, AI, and cognitive systems, cognitive economics, human factors and usability, education and learning methods. The Center is co-directed by Boicho Kokinov and Jeff Elman.

The CEEC of Cognitive Science grants M.Sc., Ph.D. degrees [10] in cognitive science and organizes annually summer school.[11][12]

Other centers:


List of programmes


See also


  1. New Bulgarian University in Sofia,
  2. Студентите на НБУ тръгват на турне (Bulgarian) CROSS information agency, 24 May 2010
  3. "International and UK partners | Open University Business School". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  4. Museum
  5. Library Statistics, NBU
  6. Đ˜ĐźĐľ. "Đ˜ĐˇĐ˝Đľđ˝Đ°Đ´Đ¸ в Đşđťđ°Ń ациŃ?Ń‚Đ° на Ńƒđ˝Đ¸Đ˛Đľń€Ń итоń‚ито Economix". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  7. "Bulgaria | Ranking Web of Universities". Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  8. NBU: CEEC of Cognitive Science,
  9. For example: Evgenia Hristova, Maurice Grinberg, Investigation of Context Effect in Iterated prisoner' Dilemma Game, CEEC of Cognitive Science, in Pierre Deransart, Bernard Lorho, Jan Maluszyński, Programming Languages Implementation and Logic Programming: International Workshop Plilp '88, Orleans, France, May 16–18, 1988. Proceedings, Springer, 1989
  10. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs
  11. The series of Annual International Summer Schools in Cognitive Science started in 1994
  12. 20th International Summer School in Cognitive Science

Coordinates: 42°40′39″N 23°15′11″E / 42.67750°N 23.25306°E / 42.67750; 23.25306

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