History and Mission

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.


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.

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