The Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv is one of the leading higher-education institutions in the Republic of Bulgaria. It is the largest university in southern Bulgaria and as well the second biggest in Bulgaria. The University is founded in 1961 as a Higher Institute of Pedagogy for Natural Sciences and Mathematics; however, it awarded university status in 1972. Today, Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv provides degree-level education to students in more than 260 disciplines encompassing the humanities, social sciences and the aforesaid subjects. The University per se comprises a number of teaching facilities spread across the city of Plovdiv. Paisii Hilendarski University of Plovdiv employs over 900 academic and non-academic members of staff. More than 8,000 full-time students and approximately 5,000 part-time students study in the nine faculties of the University.
The University actively maintains international contacts with almost all European countries, the United States as well as countries in Asia and Africa. It takes part individually or jointly with other European universities in those programs of the European Union, United States and Switzerland, which fund scientific research. Thus our academic community continues to develop strong research synergies with higher educational institutions in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. The University has received official state accreditation, which allows it to confer each form of educational degree i.e. specialist, bachelor, master and doctor etc