University of Economics Varna

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The University of Economics Varna was founded on 14 May 1920 and it was known as Higher School of Commerce . It is the oldest university for economic sciences in Bulgaria and the second oldest university in the country after Sofia University, which was founded in 1888. As of 2012, there were 12,000 students in UE - Varna.

University of Economics - Varna
Икономически университет - Варна
Latin: Ikonomicheski universitet - Varna
Motto "With academic traditions in the future"
Type Public
Established 14 May 1920
Rector Plamen Iliev
Students ~12,000
Location Varna, Bulgaria
Website www.ue-varna.bg

The idea for opening University of economics in Varna, Bulgaria was conceived in 1911 when the foundation of the building was laid.

On May 14, 1920 the long-time planned and expected Higher School of Commerce was opened in Varna. Tsani Kaliandzhiev was appointed Rector and he was granted the position of adjunct professor. Upon completion of his thesis, Tsani Kaliandzhiev was appointed professor of commodity science. He was Rector of the Higher School of Commerce until 1933. Though most of his work was devoted to chemistry, commodity science, economic development and commerce, he also carried out research on general and professional education. Prior to his death on 28 March 1944, he bequeathed funds to the Higher School of Commerce to pursue his dream of establishing think tanks on economic research.

Over the years the Alma Mater of Varna has changed its name a number of times. Until 1938 it was called Higher School of Commerce, often referred to as the Academy of Commerce. From 1938 to 1945 it was Higher School of Economic and Social Sciences; from 1945 to 1953 it was called St. Cyril of Bulgaria State University of Varna. From 1953 to 1963 it was called Higher Institute of National Economy. From 1963 to 1990 this Institute was named after Dimitar Blagoev. In 1990 the business school was renamed Varna University of Economics, following a decision of its Academic Council, confirmed by National Parliament decision in 1995.

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Coordinates: 43°12′32″N 27°55′25″E / 43.209°N 27.9235°E / 43.209; 27.9235