Medical University, Sofia

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Medical University
Медицински университет
Sofia Medical University Logo.jpg
Latin: Universitas Medicinae Serdicensis
Erudiendo, Sciendo, Curando
Motto in English
To teach, to research, to cure
Established1917 (1917)
RectorViktor Zlatkov
Academic staff

The Medical University, Sofia (Bulgarian: Медицински университет в София) is a university in Sofia, Bulgaria which was founded in 1917. It is the oldest institution for higher medical education in Bulgaria.


Medical University of Sofia is the oldest institution for higher medical education in Bulgaria. His Majesty Zar Ferdinand founded it by decree in 1917 as a medical faculty of Sofia University.

Worthy to be remembered are doctors M. Russev, A.M. Petrov, St. Vatev, and P. Orahovatz who prepared Alexandrovska hospital’s departments for the needs of future clinics and organized training of teaching stuff. Among the first professors of medicine in Bulgaria were V. Mollov, P. Stojanov, St. Kirkovitch, Iv. Kiprov (first dean), R.H. Kann, T. Petrov, Pashev, At. Teodorov, etc. In 1942 a dentistry department opened and its founders were assistant professor Sl. Davidov, assistant professor G. Stiljanov and professor Al. Stanishev.

  • 1917 - A law is passed by His Majesty Ferdinand I of Bulgaria for the establishment of the Medical Faculty of the Sofia University.
  • 1918 - Professor G. Shishkov performs the first lecture.
  • 1950 - The Decree (№ 246) of the Presidium of the National Assembly is passed, resulting in the Medical Faculty becoming independent under the name of Medical Academy and subsequent separation from the University of Sofia.
  • 1954 - The Medical Academy is renamed the Higher Medical Institute
  • 1972 - A unified Medical Academy is established , comprising all the senior medical institutions in Bulgaria
  • 1990 - The unified Medical Academy dissolves. resulting in all higher medical institutes becoming independent
  • 1995 - On the 21st May the Higher Medical Institute is renamed the Medical University

Corruption scandal[edit]

The medical university was allegedly involved in a corruption scandal. The former Rector of the University Vanyo Mitev was accused of the illegal admission of foreign students. Mitev was subsequently accused of deliberately allowing his subordinate chief secretary to commit an offense in office by allowing 146 foreigners from EU countries to be enrolled to follow medicine without having complied with statutory written competition examinations, but instead by paying money to overpass the legal application process. [1]

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Coordinates: 42°41′0″N 23°18′26″E / 42.68333°N 23.30722°E / 42.68333; 23.30722