About VFU "Chernorizets Hrabar"

Accreditation

Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” was awarded its third institutional accreditation for the maximum validity period of 6 years, with a mark of 9.12 out of 10. The accreditation document is awarded by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (NEAA). This mark is amongst the highest marks ever awarded to a higher education institution in Bulgaria.

The high accreditation mark comes as a result of the university’s effort to continually enhance the quality of education and adapt curricula and student training to the dynamics of the labour market. It is a guarantee for the high quality of the academic product and the strategic development of research.

Full list of the awarded accreditations

І. Institutional accreditation
Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” received consecutive institutional accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Agency (NEAA) at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria on 13 June 2013, for the maximum period of 6 years with an assessment grade of 9.12 (nine point twelve), 10 being the highest possible.

ІІ. Accredited Professional Fields
1. Professional area 3.2 "Psychology" was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Agency on 20 October 2015, with validity term of six years with a score 9.06 (nine point zero six) at the highest possible 10.
2. Professional area 3.3 "Political Science" was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Agency on 06 July 2015, with validity term of five years with a score 8.53 (eight point five three) at the highest possible 10.
3. Professional field 3.7 Administration and Management was accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency on 03.09.2014 for a validity period of 6 years, with a grade 9.30 (nine point three zero) out of a maximum grade 10.
4. Professional field 3.8 Economics was accredited by NEAA on 28th May 2014 for a validity period of 6 years with a score 9.01 (the maximum score is 10).
5. A project to open a professionl area 3.9. “Tourism” at the Smolyan branch of VFU “Chernorizets Hrabar” for a period of 18 months, approved by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency on 15th July 2014.
6. Professional field 4.6 Computer Science and Computer Science was accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency on 04.09.2008 with the mark of "Very good" for a validity period of 6 years.
7. Professional field 5.7 Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy was accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency on 26.03.2010 with a maximum (Very Good) mark for a validity period of 6 years.
8. Professional field 8.2 Arts was accredited by NEAA on 18th December 2013 for a validity period of 6 years with a score 9.15 (the maximum score is 10).
9. Professional field 8.3 "Music and Dance Art" was accredited by NEAA on 12th March 2014 for a validity period of 5 years with a score 8.76 (the maximum score is 10).
10. Professional field 9.1 National Security was accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency on 02.07.2014 for a period of 6 years, with a grade 9.25 (nine point two, five) out of a maximum grade 10.

ІІІ. Accredited regulated professional specialities
1. The regulated professional speciality of Law was accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency on 19.06.2014, with the mark of 8,66 (eight point six six) for a period of 5 years.
2. The regulated professional speciality of Architecture was accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency on 08.10.2009 г. with a “Very Good" mark for a validity period of 6 years.

ІV. Programme accreditation of the educational degree Doctor – Accredited by NEAA scientific specialities:
PhD program "General Psychology" of professional area 3.2 "Psychology", field of higher education 3. Social, Economic and Legal Sciences with validity term till 20 October 2021 at the Faculty of Law.
PhD program "Pedagogical and Developmental Psychology" of professional area 3.2 "Psychology", field of higher education 3. Social, Economic and Legal Sciences with validity term till 20 October 2021 at the Faculty of Law.
PhD program "Pedagogical and Developmental Psychology" of professional area 3.2 "Psychology", field of higher education 3. Social, Economic and Legal Sciences with validity term till 20 October 2021 at the Faculty of Law.
PhD programme Management in the Field of Security and Public Order, professional area 9.1 National Security, higher education area Security and Defence at the Faculty of Law of Varna Free University, for a period of 6 years (02.07.2014), with an overall grade of 9.30 (nine point three, zero).

PhD programme Criminal Process, professional area 3.6 Law, higher education area 3. Social, Economic and Legal Sciences at the Faculty of Law of Varna Free University, accredited for a period of 5 years(19.06.2014) , with an overall mark of 8.97 (eight point nine seven).

PhD programme Theory of State and Law, professional area 3.6 Law, higher education area 3. Social, Economic and Legal Sciences at the Faculty of Law of Varna Free University, accredited for a period of 6 years (19.06.2014), with an overall mark of 9.01 (nine point zero one)

“Choreography”, professional field 8.3 "Music and Dance Art", Faculty of Architecture – accredited for a period of 5 years.

02.15.04 Buildings Structures – Very Good for a validity period of 6 years (16.10.2009) – Faculty of Architecture.
02.15.05 Building Structures, Products and Production Technology – Very Good for 6 years (16.10.2009) – Faculty of Architecture.
02.17.03 Synthesis between Architecture and Art. Interior and Architectural Design – Very Good for 6 years (16.10.2009) – Faculty of Architecture.
Architecture of Buildings, Installations and Components at professional field 5.7 Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy – for 5 years (28.11.2013) - Faculty of Architecture
Territorial and Landscape Planning at professional field 5.7 Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy – for 5 years (28.11.2013) - Faculty of Architecture
02.19.01 Fire-Fighting and Labour Safety Techniques – Very Good for 6 years (16.10.2009) – Faculty of Architecture.
05.02.01 Political Economy – Very Good for 6 years (20.05.2008) - Faculty of Economics.
05.02.10 World Economy and International Economic Relations – Very Good for 6 years (20.05.2008) - Faculty of Economics.
05.02.18 Economics and Management (Industry) – Very Good for 6 years (25.05.2008) - Faculty of Economics.
PhD programme Social Governance, professional area 3.7 Administration and Management, Faculty of International Economics and Administration at VFU, for a validity period of 6 years (03.09.2014), with a grade 9.08 (nine point zero eight) out of a maximum grade 10.
PhD programme Industrial Organization and Management, professional area 3.7 Administration and Management, Faculty of International Economics and Administration at VFU, for a validity period of 6 years (03.09.2014), with a grade 9.40 (nine point four zero) out of a maximum grade 10.
PhD programme Organisation and Management outside the Sphere of Material Production, professional area 3.7 Administration and Management, Faculty of International Economics and Administration at VFU, for a validity period of 6 years (03.09.2014), with a grade 9.50 (nine point five zero) out of a maximum grade 10.
05.02.24 Organization and Management Outside the Sphere of Material Production (National Security) – Very Good for 6 years (25.03.2008) - Faculty of Law.
Administrative Law and administrative process - Very Good for 6 years (30.01.2014) - Faculty of Law.
Criminal Law - Very Good for 6 years (30.01.2014) - Faculty of Law.
05.05.06 Constitutional Law – Very Good for 6 years (10.06.2010) – Faculty of Law.
05.05.08 Civil and Family Law – Very Good for 6 years (10.06.2010) – Faculty of Law.
05.05.15 International Law and International Relations – Very Good for 6 years (10.06.2010) – Faculty of Law.
05.05.19 Forensic Science – Very Good for 6 years (10.06.2010) – Faculty of Law.
05.05.20 Criminology – Very Good for 6 years (10.06.2010) – Faculty of Law.
05.06.01 General Psychology – Very Good for 6 years (02.06.2009) – Faculty of Law.
05.06.05 Pedagogical and Developmental Psychology – Very Good for 6 years (02.06.2009) – Faculty of Law.

Political Studies at professional field 3.3. Political Sciences for 6 years (30.10.2013) at the Faculty of International Economics and Administration

Certificates

On 28 February 2013 2013 the university received its fourth certification by the international certification organisation BUREAU VERITAS Certification in compliance with the ISO 9001:2008 international standard, and was awarded accreditation certificates from UKAS (Great Britain) and ANAB (USA) for a validity period of 3 years.

ISO сертификат от ANAB
ANAB Certificates
ISO сертификат от UKAS
UKAS Certificates
Акредитация
Акредитация

ISO is an international standardisation organisation comprising organisations from over 100 countries around the 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 2013 – 2016 period include:

  • Provision of accredited higher education, organisation of postgraduate qualification and specialization, requalification and lifelong learning.
  • 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 activities in direct relation to, or in support of, 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 specialities related to regulated professions in accordance with the amendments to the Bulgarian Act on Higher Education;
  • Adaptability and flexibility in the higher education market;
  • 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 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.