Burgas Free University /BFU/ was established with an act of the Great National Assembly on 18 September 1991. It is one of the first non-state universities in Bulgaria. It is located in the biggest industrial and cultural centre in the south-eastern region of the country. BFU has four faculties – Business Studies, Legal Studies, Humanities, and Computer Science and Engineering. BFU provides training for more than 4000 students /full-time and part-time/ in 19 Bachelor’s and 35 Master’s degree programmes. The graduates of BFU are over 12,000. BFU is certified under ISO 9001:2000 and under ISO 9001: 2008. It is a member of the European University Association and is accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency in Bulgaria. BFU maintains contacts with more than 100 universities and organizations all over the world and has signed Agreements for Cooperation with 37 universities and academic institutions in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. The University has been involved in more than 60 joint European projects under the Tempus and Lifelong Learning Programme. BFU has had extensive experience in matching research with practice and business applications related to Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation, Erasmus programme, Grundtvig; etc.
At Burgas Free University (BFU) we have a functioning Moodle platform for online and distance courses which allows for student self-management of learning. Students can learn at their own pace and at a time which is convenient for them. This significantly reduces the risk of university dropouts among students because they can keep a job or attend to personal responsibilities while studying.
The Student Council at BFU, whose members are elected by the students and from among the students, works for the improvement of the teaching/learning process through enhancing the relationship between students and teachers and facilitating the direct involvement of students in all decision making processes at the university regarding their progress and wellbeing. The Student Council is instrumental in creating opportunities for enhancing students’ self-knowledge, self-management, project management, and professional guidance. The Student Council talks to students and teachers, and is represented in all Faculty Councils and the University Academic Council where important decisions are taken.