Trakia University is situated in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. It was officially re-established in 1995 (37th Nat. Assembly decision) by merging two longstanding Universities, the Veterinary College of Agriculture and Zoology and the Technical College of Yambol, each nearly 100 and 90 years old, subsequently assimilating the local Medical College, and it has quickly evolved into a most important hub of global academic stature. Besides its campus and University Hospital in Stara Zagora, Trakia University has affiliated faculties and colleges in Sliven and Yambol, and a Professors’ continuous-training unit in Haskovo, in total comprising over 6,500 students, nearly 600 highly qualified teachers and annually inviting about 60 international guest lecturers. It offers over 60 Bachelor and Master’s Majors and 50 doctoral procedures, having awarded more than 12,000 qualification certificates and postgraduate studies among its 440 research projects (28 in Life-long learning programmes, 22 Ministry-funded programmes, and 390 in-house research projects). Academic programmes focus on scientific, social, natural and technical subjects, with degrees awarded in Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Pedagogics, Engineering, Informatics and Economics. Among these, the University has gained international acclaim for its English-taught Medical and Veterinary Faculties, owing to the merged long traditions of its assimilated local Colleges, and due to the numerous internationally acclaimed scientists and scholars it attracts, having produced graduates who are successful medical experts. Finally, with regard to student training and practical or paid experience via specialization or research opportunities, the University offers in-house Hospital Training in Experimental or Clinical research, has agreements with regional Veterinary and Medical centers, secondary education schools and social welfare institutions or NGOs, besides offering corporate co-op programmes and internships, as well as certified seminars and workshop training through international scientific projects. It is recognized as a top internationally accredited Eastern European University, consistently rated “very good” by the international accreditation system. As a member of the EU University Association (EUAU) and the International Association of Universities (IAU), it has harmonized curricula and standards to European Educational Guidelines, including ECTS grading and Credit Systems. The University is partly state-subsidized and participates in the national student loan financing programme (rendering tuition very low), but is administratively autonomous.
Post re-inauguration, ultra-modern premises replaced older buildings on the peppered with linden trees campus to include ultra-comfortable double or single room dormitories with independent shower-WCs and new student restaurants and cafes. Moreover, its massive, brand-new library boasts over 300,000 volumes of specialized literature, offering digital access to all major scientific periodicals and book exchange programmes via agreements in 35 countries and 108 Universities. Across campus there are four strategically located computer labs and halls offering access to a unified electronic wireless system. Together with the University Hospital, the Medical Departments comprise 20 research labs and 16 diagnostic clinics equipped with state of the art facilities. Finally, the campus includes exceptional gym facilities and a modern sports complex for strength training, cycling, volleyball, basketball, football, horse riding and martial arts, while University Clubs include numerous cultural programmes, the Social Work group, Actions Reforrrestation, Students & Children, and the Festivals and Charity Clubs.