The University of National and World Economy (UNWE) was established in 1920. It is the oldest, the most prestigious and the largest economic university in Southeastern Europe, a leader in Bulgarian and European higher education. The efforts of the academic Managing body are orientated to the major purposes of the university – to prepare the elite of Bulgaria as it has always done so far, to be a leader in Bulgarian higher education, an integral part of European educational and research area, to hold out competitive educational services and to be a preferable place for the young people who want to acquire modern education.
There are 8 faculties at the UNWE: General Economics Faculty, Faculty of Finance and Accountancy, Business Faculty, Faculty of Economics of Infrastructure, Faculty of International Economics and Politics, Management and Administration Faculty, Faculty of Applied Informatics and Statistics and Law Faculty. There are also 34 Departments, Divisions for educational degree of Master of Science and Institute of Post-Graduate Qualification; Center for Distance Learning, Institute for Economic Politics, Institute of Entrepreneurship, Center for Intellectual Property (the only one in Bulgaria), Inter-University Center for Career Development, etc.
The academic staff of UNWE amount to more than 500 lecturers, while 285 of them are Professors and Associate Professors. More than 20 thousand students are educated at the UNWE in regular and distance form of education. There are 40 specialities for educational degree of Bachelor of Science (in four of them – Economics, International Economic Relations, Finance and Accountancy and Business Informatics the education is entirely in English) and there are also more than 70 Programmes for educational degree of Master of Science including the Joint Master Programme with the Nottingham Trent University, one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom. At present at the UNWE more than 300 Bulgarian and foreign students are educated for acquisition of Doctoral degree.