Varna Free University was awarded its second institutional accreditation by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (NEAA) on 27 July 2006 with the highest mark "Very Good" for a validity period of 6 years.
The University provides instruction in 67 BA and MA programmes as a part of 9 accredited professional fields, as well as in 20 accredited scientific PhD specialities.
Full list of the awarded accreditations
On 28 February 2010 Varna Free University received its third certification under ISO 9001:2008, being awarded certificates from UKAS (Great Britain) and ANAB (USA) for a validity period of 3 years.
ISO is an international standardisation organisation comprising organisations from over 100 countries from the entire world.Its work is dedicated to developing different standards for quality management in diverse spheres of business life.
The ISO standards have been officially adopted by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), replacing national standards with internationally-adopted ones. The international standards are used to enhance communication and international cooperation on a global scale.
VFU’s fields of certification under ISO 9001:2008 for the 2010 – 2013 period include:
- Provision of accredited higher education, organisation of postgraduate qualification, requalification and lifelong learning courses.
- Research, expert and consulting work.
- Development and participation in national and international applied research projects and initiatives.
- Provision of interuniversity cooperation and academic mobility for lecturers and students (also under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
- Business activity in direct relation to, and support for the university’s main fields of operation.
VFU’s goals upon integrating ISO 9001:2008:
- Permanent improvement of the quality of the academic product provided;
- Implementation of programme accreditation of professional fields and professionally regulated specialities in accordance with any possible amendments to the Bulgarian Act on Higher Education;
- Higher education market adaptability and flexibility;
- Efficient realization of the university’s research product in market economy conditions;
- Integration into the international academic space.
The advantages of integrating a quality management system certified under ISO 9001:2008 are clearly seen in the following fields:
- Independent and objective evaluation of the quality management system’s performance.
- Adoption of clear-cut criteria and indicators for the work of the different departments and bodies of the university.
- Encouragement of systematic and precise documentation keeping.
- Timely and objective detection and definition of problems.
- Provision of support for the university’s management upon decision-making.