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On 12 November 1945 the first out-of-capital higher education institution was founded in Ruse. Its three departments were specialized in Engineering for the purposes of the agricultural sector. On 13 June 1966, as a result of its intensive growth, the Minister of Education issued an Order No. 2583 to set up a Higher Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Mechanization and Electrification of Agriculture. On 9 April 1981, due to the widened scope of its engineering provision, including the sectors of transport, electronics and computing, it was transformed into 'Angel Kanchev' Technical University by a Decree No. 584 of the Council of Ministers. On 1 August 1995 a Decision of the National Assembly was made to establish "Angel Kanchev" University of Ruse, thus recognizing its academic expertise not only in the engineering fields, but also in natural sciences, education, law, public health and healthcare, business and management, which were introduced as a response to  the needs of the regional businesses and the community.

Mission statement of Ruse University

The University aims to provide:

Dissemination of knowledge,

excellence in fundamental and applied research and

introduction of innovations in practice,

which will help it to train highly-qualified specialists and

maintain the sustainable development of the region and the country.



Name of higher education institution: "Angel Kanchev" University of Ruse

Type of higher education institution: State University

Location and address: 8, Studentska Street, Ruse 7017, Bulgaria

Number of students for the academic year 2020-21: 6383

Number of international full-degree students: 171 from 21 countries

Number of PhD students - 234

Full-time academic staff: 398 (262 full and associate professors; 31 Doctor of Sciences; 425 with PhD degree)

Non-academic staff: 129

Number of degree programmes offered:

55 Bachelor and 130 Master degree programmes in 7 of the 9 fields of study in higher education in Bulgaria (Engineering and Technology, Social Studies, Economics and Management, Law, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Health Care and Sport, Security and Defence)

The University of Ruse is the only university in Ruse, Razgrad, Silistra and Targovishte districts (with a population of approximately 1 million), which complies with the international index “one higher education institution per one million people”.

The University of Ruse is a full member of:

- European University Association;

- Danube Rectors’ Conference;

- Visegrad University Association;

- Interuniversity Center-Dubrovnik;

- Balkan University Association.

The University of Ruse was accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency in 2018 for a six–year period with the grade – 9,44 out of 10.