South-West University "Neofit Rilski", Faculty of Economics
With its 38-years history the South-West University "Neophyte Rilsky" has subjugated a leading position in the scientific and educational space both in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. Located in Blagoevgrad, the economic, cultural and educational centre of South-Western Bulgaria, it is situated only 90 kilometers southwards from Sofia, 20 kilometers from the border with former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and 80 kilometers from the Greek border. This strategic location naturally facilitates the academic cooperation with a number of Universities in the Balkan region. It also allows a direct and easy access to numerous attractive destinations among which Bansko, Sandanski, the Medieval Rilsky Monastery, Melnik, the Rila and Pirin National parks, Thessaloniki, Serres, Shtip, Bitola are only a few worth mentioning.
With its two universities and two colleges, with its theatres, cinemas, libraries, discotheques and restaurants, the city combines the opportunities and the advantages offered by the big city, on the one hand, and, on the other, it is branded with the cosy atmosphere of any small Bulgarian town.
The South -West University provides training in different scientific fields for about 14 000 students of whom 700 are international students coming from various countries such as Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Serbia, Albania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, Pakistan, Yemen etc. The University provides board and accommodation in three canteens and two renovated dormitories. Its library possesses over 200 000 volumes, an e-reading room with free access to the data bases of EBSCO Publishing, Science Direct, SCOPUS, Benham Sciece and ProQuest Central. The Career Centre provides quality aid and services to help the South-West University students obtain adequate professional advice as well as support for the university graduates in finding suitable positions at the labour market.
The South-West University "Neophyte Rilsky" implements scientific research that is funded by European Regional Cooperation programmes such as 'Greece - Bulgaria' and 'Bulgaria - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia', the Sixth and Seventh framework programmes, the Scientific Research Programme, the World Bank, the Open Society Foundation, CEEPUS, DAAD, PHARE, DAPHNE III, INTAS, COST, the Human Resources Development programme and the Life-long Learning programme. Within the last two years under the Cross-border cooperation programme 'Bulgaria-Greece' alone, the South-West University participated in projects worth over 11 000 000 BGN.
There are over 30 laboratories and research centres available at the University. The University implements pro-active international policies involving the cooperation of training and research institutions from all around Europe, the USA and Russia. The University has signed contracts with about 30 universities in Europe under the Erasmus mobility program, which is extremely attractive for the students.
The Faculty of Economics at the South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad, was founded in the autumn of the 1991 and became one of the first accredited faculties of economics in Bulgaria. And in 1998, by decision of the National Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Faculty and the majors of “Finances”, “Accounting and Control” and “Management” were accredited for a five-year period.