The New Bulgarian University is a private university located in the capital city of Bulgaria, Sofia. It was established in 1991 with a resolution by Bulgarian Parliament and The National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency, which reviews Bulgaria’s higher education teaching institutions has granted NBU maximum accreditation in three consecutive accreditations in 2001, 2006 and 2012. Since 2004, NBU is an accredited partner of the Open University in the UK. New Bulgarian University pioneered the introduction in Bulgaria of the credit system, Professional Bachelor’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs, distance and continuing education.
The mission of New Bulgarian University is to be an autonomous liberal education institution dedicated to the advancement of university education by offering accessible and affordable opportunities for interdisciplinary and specialized education and research of high quality. Bringing its academic potential to the service of society, the University prepares its graduates for the challenges of modern democratic life cultivating critical and creative thinking, sensitivity to cultural difference, and problem‐solving. NBU prepares its graduates for the opportunities in the business and professional world in the areas of Human Sciences and Humanities, Natural Sciences and Modern Technologies and the field of Arts.
The Department of Political Science within the structure of the NBU, along with its affiliated research centers, such as the Jean Monnet Center of European Politics, Center for Social Practices , Center for European Refugee, Migration and Ethnic Studies (CERMES), Risk Analysis Management Lab dedicates its activities towards research and teaching on bachelors, masters and doctoral levels in Bulgarian, English and French via varieties of relevant programs. The research activity of the Department of Political Science is mainly focused on organizing and carrying out international and national research conferences; active academic publishing; developing research projects; support for very active Doctoral Program; maintenance of three research seminars with a number of Bulgarian and foreign participants; dynamic development of the Center for European Refugee Migration and Ethnic Studies and the “Jean Monnet” Center. Main focus of research and areas of expertise of the members of the Department lie in the field of migration, ethnic issues, European studies, Balkan studies, right wing populism, transitology, democratic governance and its deficits and electoral systems.
Head of Department: Assistant Professor Ivan Nachev