Technical University of Varna

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Technical University of Varna
Технически университет – Варна
TU Varna logo.gif
Motto "From opportunity to reality" ("A posse ad esse")
Established 1962
Type Public
Rector Prof. Rosen Vasilev, PhD
Students ~7500
Location Varna, Bulgaria
Campus Urban
Affiliations EUA

The Technical University of Varna (Bulgarian: Технически университет – Варна, often abbreviated as ТУ – Варна, TU – Varna) is a state university in Varna, Bulgaria, founded in 1962.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering


Technical faculty[edit]

Entry to Technical University of Varna

The State University "St. Cyril Slavyanobulgarski" (Bulgarian: Държавния университет „Свети Кирил Славянобългарски“) in the beginning of the 1940s in Varna had two faculties; economics and technology. The predecessor of the Technical University of Varna and MEI-Varna is the Technical Faculty in the State University. Varna had technical traditions in shipbuilding, mechanics, building auto-body parts, etc. That knowledge and experience led to the development of the technical faculty into an institution. In the 1950s, professors and engineers from other technical universities continued their careers here.

In the years of education the main profiles in the department were:

The lecture courses and practical engineering work were taught in the building of State University/University of Economics - Varna. Since 1958, in the technical faculty in State University "St. Cyril Slavyanobulgarski" there were 30 departments in different technical fields.

Campus,Technical University of Varna

Mechanical-Electrical Engineering Institute[edit]

By order of the Bulgarian Socialist Party in 1962, a Mechanical-Electrical Engineering Institute (MEI-Varna) (Bulgarian: Машинно-електротехнически институт (МЕИ-Варна) was founded in Varna. This institute was the first of its specialization in North Bulgaria. In the first academic year the institution does not have a faculty structure. Founder of the institute was Professor Marin Oprev (expert in steam engines, and steam and gas turbines). Oprev was the university's first rector, who provided a stable beginning for the institute and established it as an important factor in the region. In 1962, seven disciplines were categorized in the Mechanical-Electrical Institute:

In the first academic year 1963/1964 there were 554 students. The discipline "Shipbuilding" was the only place for specialized engineers. Georgi Ivanov was appointed first assistant in the Institute after its creation. The laboratories in the institute were supported by the engineering community in the region and a few factories from North Bulgaria. Professor Evgeny Vatev, D.Sc. eng. was actively involved in the general development of the institute. Professors from Mechanical-Electrical Institute Sofia and University of Ruse lectured in Mechanical-Electrical Institute Varna.

Higher Mechanical-Electrical Engineering Institute[edit]

Higher Mechanical-Electrical Engineering Institute (HMEI-Varna) (Bulgarian: Висш машинно-електротехнически институт (ВМЕИ-Варна)) became the name of the University after a few years work in the area of Machine technologies, Shipbuilding and Marine technologies, Electrics and Communications. Professor Evgeny Vatev, D.Sc. eng. created and managed the Chair on Physical Metallurgy and Technology of Materials, and was actively involved in the general development of the institute, taking the posts of deputy Dean (three times re-elected) and was a founder and director of the Research Department of the Institute. In 1968 the first building of the university (now the Electric faculty) was completed. Until 1971 the rectorate and all main functions were administered from this building. In 1971 the second main building was completed - the building of the Machine and Shipbuilding faculty (today the rectorate). In 1967 Petar Penchev was chosen as Rector of the University.

Main Laboratory in the Machine faculty

Departments in the beginning of the 1970s:

In the two terms of his management HMEI-Varna changed from a regional to a national technical institute. In 1975, the building of the Learning-Production building was completed, which incorporated rooms for producing different types of electric and mechanic ware. In 1987, the construction of Computer Science's building ("Hot connection") (In Bulgarian:Топла връзка). In 1991, the Senior Mechanical-Electrical Institute in Varna had 6 faculties:"Machine", "Machine-technology", "Shipbuilding", "Electric", "Computing", "Legal" and "Automation." In 1992 a new building opened doors - the Learning House (On Bulgarian:Учебнен корпус).The department "Computer technology and science" were founded the same year. This department became the first Bulgarian representative in the International Organization of Computer Science (UPE).

Technical University of Varna[edit]

Technical University of Varna (Bulgarian: Технически университет Варна) has been the official name since 1995. The university started new relationships with universities from Greece, Belgium and other countries. In 1996 the sport complex on the campus was reconstructed. In 1997 the building of New Learning Housing(Нов Учебен Корпус) one of the biggest buildings in the campus opened its doors. After 1997 new profiles were found in the university:

In 2002 40 years from the foundation of the University were celebrated. Meet-Marind congress was held where were presented reports of participants from 27 countries. In the same year the university had a team in the Shell Eco-marathon. In 2011 a new modern ship simulation simulator was opened. In 2012 Technical University of Varna celebrated fifty years. For all this year over 35,000 engineers finished their higher education in the university.


Building of Electrical faculty
Building of Machine and Shipbuilding faculty
Building of New Learning Housing


  • Prof. Dr. Eng..Rosen Nikolov Vasilev - Rector of the Technical University - Varna
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Margreta Vasileva - Vice Rector of Academic Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Nikolai Minchev - Vice Rector Science and applied scientific research
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Toshko Petrov - Deputy Rector of International Cooperation and European Integration
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Tsena Murzova - Vice Rector Accreditation and Development


Department of Communications


  • Ecology and Environmental Protection Department [1]
  • Navigation, Transport Management and Waterways Preservation Department [2]
  • Physics Department [3]
  • Economics and Management Department [4]

Component colleges[edit]

  • Dobrudza Technological College - Dobrich [5]
  • College in the structure of the Technical University of Varna [6]
  • Department of Foreign Languages and Mathematics [7]
  • Foreign students Dean's office [8]
  • Chair of PhD Students [9]

Rectors of Technical University of Varna[edit]

  • Prof. Marin Oprev (1963-1967)
  • Prof. Petar Penchev (1967-1973)
  • Prof. Lefter Lefterov (1973-1979)
  • Prof. Emil Stanchev (1979-1985)
  • Prof. Doncho Donchev (1985-1986)
  • Prof. Dimitar Dimitrov (1986-1991)
  • Prof. Asen Nedev (1991-1999)
  • Prof. Stefan Badurov (1999-2007)
  • Prof. Ovid Fahri (2007-2015)
  • Prof. Rosen Vasilev (2015-)

Doctor Honoris Causa[edit]

  • Prof. Peter Apelt (1995)
  • Hermann Scheer PhD (1997)
  • Prof. Adrian Bejan (2006)
  • Academic Yanko Arsov (2007)
  • Prof. Vladimir Danov (2008)

Honorary Professor of Technical University of Varna[edit]

  • Prof. Lefter Lefterov (1982)
  • Dr. Reinhard Pfligel (2002)
  • Cap. Mark Duve (2002)
  • Prof. Edward Somers (2002)
  • Prof. Marcelo Santos Neves (2002)
  • Prof. Mohammed Mosaad (2002)
  • Prof. Giorgio Trinkas (2002)
  • Dr. Maria Luisa Tenhunen (2002)
  • Prof. Frank Zimmer (2002)
  • Prof. Bernard King (2002)
  • Dr. Reinhard Pfligel (2002)
  • Prof. Edward Somers (2002)
  • Prof. Jerzy Kubitski (2002)
  • Prof. Nicolae piperidyl (2002)
  • Prof. Marcelo Santos Neves (2002)
  • Prof. Ivan Kostilev (2002)
  • Prof. Mohammed Mosaad (2002)
  • Prof. Masaki Mano (2002)
  • Prof. Vladimir Alexandrov (2002)
  • Prof. Vadim Vinokur (2002)
  • Prof. Yasushi Yoshida (2002)
  • Prof. Guedesh Carlos Soares (2003)
  • Acad. Kiril Boyanov (2005)
  • Prof. Alex van den Boshe (2005)
  • Prof. Alexei Tadzhibaev (2005)
  • Prof. Erdogan Tezich (2005)
  • Prof. Nusret Aras (2005)
  • Prof. Havar Mamedov (2005)
  • Prof. Yolanda Angulo (2008)
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Evgeny Vatev Vatev (2012)
  • Prof. Eng. Petar Penchev (2012)
  • Prof. Eng. Dimitar Ivanov Dimitrov (2012)
  • Assoc. Eng. Hristo Stoykov Handjiyski (2012)
  • Prof. Eng. Marin Tzotchev Rachev (2012)
  • Prof. Eng. Kontrov Sava Ivanov (2012)
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Marin Marinov Yordanov (2012)
  • Prof. Dr. Eng. Ivan Vasilev Bakardjiev (2012)
  • Prof. Eng. Marin Tzotchev Rachev (2012)
  • Assoc. Dr. Eng. Dimitar Dimov Judah (2012)
  • Assoc. Eng. Georgi Gerasimov Dishliev (2012)


Old books in Library of Technical University of Varna

The Library in Technical University of Varna were founded in 1963. The first books and scientist materials were inheritance from the Technical faculty. After 1968 the library homes in the building of Electrical faculty. The volumes are different books,science publications and technical atlases in Russian, Bulgarian, English, and other languages.

In 1973 the Library has 35 336 volumes of technical literature.Since 1975 the Library homes in Educational-production hall. In 1991 the library were furnished with computer software "Automated library". Technical resources numbering 80,900 volumes. Since 1999 the library homes in New learning housing. Technical resources numbering 200,010 volumes.

High technology park[edit]

Founded in 2001 as a sole owner of the company is the Technical University of Varna. Created for development the technical resources of the university.[clarification needed]

Buildings in the campus of the faculty[edit]

Sports complex,Technical University of Varna
  • Machine faculty building(Rectorate)
  • Electrical faculty building
  • Learning housing building
  • New Learning housing building
  • Learning-Production base building

International opportunities[edit]


  • The Bulgarian painter of futuristic art Stefan Lefterov worked in the university until 1992 as a mathematician. He donated many of his paintings to his colleagues and the university.

See also[edit]

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