“Episkop Konstantin Preslavski” University of Shumen is the successor of the Pliska-Preslav School of Literature. The first pedagogical course was introduced here right after the Liberation in 1879; it was eventually turned into the Pedagogical Institute for Junior High School Teachers in 1919. In 1964, the department became a member of the Philosophy Faculty to the University of Sofia. A Higher Pedagogical Institute was established in 1971, which later developed into the University of Shumen in 1995.
Today, the University of Shumen is a well-established and widely recognized university in Bulgaria and abroad, which provides modern facilities and conditions for conducting a variety of educational processes, research and artistic activities. The university covers the base for possibilities of higher education in the fields of humanitarian, natural, mathematical, pedagogical and technical sciences.
The structure of the university includes five faculties in Shumen, one college in Dobrich and one department in Varna. Over 7000 students have chosen to widen their education at the different faculties of the university- the Faculty of Humanitarian studies, the Faculty for Mathematics and Informatics, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Pedagogy, the Faculty of Technical Sciences and at the College.
In compliance with state regulations, the education is carried out under the curricula and the programs for the different Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees.
The teaching process is carried out by 390 teachers, among which 64 professors, 137 associate professors, 38 doctors of science and 228 doctors. It is also attracting authoritative scientists from the country and from abroad. There is an active exchange of students and lecturers through international and direct contracts with a number of foreign universities and academies. The University has also established a Language Center for foreign students.
The University of Shumen has 5 study halls, sports fields, a swimming pool, a gym and entertainment facilities. The student dormitories are equipped with over 1000 beds. The Student Council is the main self-governance organ. Students have access not only to their chosen program of education, but can also participate in a variety of lectures of their interest.