History and mission
Trakia University (TRU) is an autonomous state educational and scientific institution based in the town of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
It was established by a Decision of the National Assembly of July 21, 1995. on the grounds of Art. 53, par. 5 and Art. 86, par. 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Bulgaria and Art. 2, par. 1 of the Higher Education law (HEL) on the basis of the Higher Institute of Zootechnics and Veterinary Medicine and the Higher Medical Institute -Stara Zagora, with their existing faculties and independent units.
Later, with Decrees of the Council of Ministers (CoM) (№ 62 / 26.03.1996, № 16 / 27.01.1997 and № 374 / 15.10.1997) the Institute for Teacher Training joined Trakia University (IPKU). ) and four semi-higher institutes transformed into colleges: three medical – in the towns of Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Sliven and one technical – in the town of Yambol. The Faculty of Pedagogy and the Department for Information and in service teachers training opened by decree № 135 / 03.07.2002 of the Council of Ministers and IPKU by Decree № 136 / 03.07.2002 closed.
The Bulgarian-German Agrarian College / BGAK / is included in the structure of Trakia University by decree № 182 / 11.09.2000. The college is the successor to the previously existing farmers' college.
With a letter from the Ministry of Education and Science № 25110 / 10.01.2000, the structure of the Trakia University was approved as corresponding to the requirements of art. 26, par. 1, item 1 of the Higher Education Law, and later after the establishment of the Faculty of Pedagogy with a letter of the Ministry of Education and Science ex. № 0302-197 / 29.09.2004 it has been updated.
The name Trakia University fully meets the requirements of the Higher Education Law Art. 17, par. 2, item 1, as the institution provides training in three of the four main fields of science, namely: social, natural and technical.
According to the Council of Ministers decree № 125 / 24.06.2002, Trakia University covers 6 of the fields of higher education / pedagogical, social and economic, natural, technical, agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine, healthcare and sports /, as well as 16 professional fields from the Classifier of areas of higher education and professional fields.
Trakia University is one of the first accredited universities to receive regular institutional accreditation with a grade of "very good" from the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (NEAA) with Protocol № 30 / 18.03.1999 for a period of 5 years with the right to teach in the educational and scientific degree "Doctor" / Letter of NEAA with ref. № 137 / 19.03.1999.
Trakia University provides high quality higher education for professional careers in the field of human and veterinary medicine, pedagogy, engineering and technology, agriculture, economics, ecology and environmental protection, in order to professionally and personally develop the specialists necessary for the economic and spiritual prosperity of country and region.
The mission determines the educational policy of the University, focused on the needs of the society on a regional and national scale.
For its implementation, Trakia University is guided by strategic guidelines, towards which it orients its overall activity.