The number of students in all general schools in Ruse District varies between 16 and 17 thousand. In the structure of secondary education on the territory of Ruse Municipality function 6 secondary schools and 2 specialised secondary schools – English language secondary school and Mathematics secondary school. In Ruse, there is also a general school with intensive study of German language and a school with the study of European languages.
Vocational education and training in Ruse Municipality is conducted in 11 vocational secondary schools, 1 sports school, 1 national school of arts, 1 vocational college and 4 private schools. The training in those schools is fully profiled and tailored to the needs of regional economy and it covers specialties and professions such as electronics, transport, economics, mechanics, clothing and construction. The total number of students in vocational schools in Ruse is about 5 000.
Source: Ruse Municipality
The main trends in the development of vocational secondary schools are related to promoting cooperation between business and education, modernising the educational system and the conditions for conducting the educational process, preparing competent and practice-oriented experts and specialists. Most of the vocational secondary schools already offer dual education course, which provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a real business environment.
Knowledge of foreign languages is among the main competitive advantages of the labour force in Ruse. The most studied foreign languages are English, German, French, Spanish and Russian. Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Turkish are also studied. 5 schools in the District are with “foreign language” profile, two of which are private. Traditionally the schools in Ruse District have excellent results and are distinguished as top schools in English and German languages in rankings of the Ministry of Education, and their students are among the champions in national competitions for foreign language learners. Traditionally, the biggest number of school leavers chooses to take English language matriculation exam.
Table of the number of students, studying foreign languages in Ruse District during school year 2017/2018
Source: Regional Department of Education - Ruse
The relative share of the population between 25 and 64 years of age with higher education is of primary importance for enhancing the competitiveness, labour productivity and economic growth of a region. With a figure of 26.8% for this indicator Ruse ranks fourth in the country for 2016, ahead of districts such as Plovdiv, Pleven, Burgas, Blagoevgrad and Stara Zagora.
Relative share of the population between 25 and 64 years of age with higher education /%/
Source: National Statistical Institute
One of the most prestigious universities in Bulgaria – “Angel Kanchev” University of Ruse (www.uni-ruse.bg) is situated on the territory of Ruse Municipality. It has eight faculties, half of which are engineering: Agrarian and industrial, Mechanical and manufacturing engineering, Electrical engineering, electronics and automation, Transport, and the other four are in other fields of knowledge: Natural sciences and education, Business and management, Law and Public health and health care. Around 8 000 students and PhD students are trained in the modern study halls and research laboratories of the university and its branches in Silistra, Razgrad and Vidin. There are more than 420 teachers, half of whom are habilitated.
The students at University of Ruse are trained in 49 Bachelor’s and more than 90 Master’s degree programmes within the framework of 23 accredited professional fields in seven areas of higher education: Technical sciences; Pedagogical sciences; Social, business and legal sciences; Natural sciences, mathematics and informatics; Agricultural sciences and veterinary medicine; Health care and sports; Security and defence. There are a total of 51 accredited doctoral programmes.
As of the end of 2017, the university is training 152 doctoral candidates, with almost every second doctoral candidate studying scientific majors in the field of “Technical sciences”. More than 300 foreign students from 17 countries are also part of the academic community.
The spacious university campus, situated on an area of 2 hectares, has completely changed its appearance in recent years with the construction of a new study corps with floor area of 14 000 sq. m, Kaneff Centre with congress hall with 800 seats, fully renovated educational buildings and reconstructed sports complex.
The university library has more than half a million library units from different knowledge areas in different languages and offers access to the most authoritative online databases.
In the last accreditation by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for a six-year period, the University of Ruse was awarded the exceptionally high rating of 9.28.
The research sector at the University of Ruse, in which work multidisciplinary teams of highly qualified faculty, PhD students, students and technicians, is the unit that organises and administers fundamental research, development, deployment and consultancy activities on a contractual basis. The research centre provides consultations, design and technological developments and services with modern methods and tools, guaranteeing high quality, reliable work, contemporary design in compliance with the eco-parameters of European standards.
Indicators for the development of R&D /thousand BGN/
Source: National Statistical Institute
The University of Ruse has a Centre for continuing education, which organises long-term and short-term courses qualification enhancement courses in the field of engineering, informatics and information technologies, economics, pedagogy and foreign language training. Its services are used by leading state and public organisations and business representatives from the country and the region, with nearly 30 thousand people having enhanced their qualifications in different courses in the past 10 years.
The University of Ruse is regular member of authoritative international organisations: the European University Association (ЕUА); the Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC); the Visegrad University Association (VUA); the Inter University Centre Dubrovnik; the Balkan Universities Association (BUA), the Francophone University Association (AUF). It has leading positions in the academic exchange of students, doctoral candidates and university teachers under international programmes on the basis of over 400 signed multilateral and bilateral agreements with universities from 44 countries in Europe and the world.
The University of Ruse is part of a consortium of universities University of Science, Informatics and Technologies in the e-Society), which is implementing a project for building a Centre for Excellence in Informatics and Information and Communication Technologies.
The broad research profile of the university provides perspective opportunities for both research and innovation in the most advanced areas of science, as well as for participation in thematic networks and author developments of key importance for knowledge-based economy on national and international scale. Annually the University of Ruse organises and conducts 15-20 prestigious national and international conferences, and the collection of reports from the CompSysTech International Conference is indexed by SCOPUS. The university publishes five international magazines: Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Balkan Agricultural Engineering Review; Information Communication and Control Systems Technologies; Pedagogical Innovations and Journal of Applied Linguistic and Intercultural Studies.
The University of Ruse has leadership positions in relation to the number and sustainability of implemented projects with international funding under different programmes: Erasmus, Framework Programs for Research and Technological Development, Operational Programmes of the Bulgarian government, Bulgaria-Romania Cross-Border Cooperation Program and many others.
As a project under the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe in 2002 was created the first in Bulgaria and South-Eastern Europe cross-border educational structure - Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre (BRIE) for training of international students in Master’s degree programmes in English language. The university is part of a number of national and international structures, among which: Industrial clusters “Automobiles”, “Electric cars”, “Investors in charging infrastructure and electric vehicles”, “Intermodal transport and logistics cluster – Ruse” and many others.
41 prominent figures have been awarded the honorary title “Doctor Honoris Causa” for special merits for the development of the university, among them are Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany - Dr Angela Merkel, Dr Erhard Busek, Giorgetto Giugiaro, Sonia Rouve-Uvalieva, Ignat Kaneff, Samuil Refetoff and others.
On the territory of the city of Ruse also operates a branch of the University of Agribusiness and Rural Development (www.uard-ruse.bg), offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes: Management and Administration, Tourism, Economics, Agribusiness and Regional Development, Economics and Agribusiness Management.