Varna University of Management (VUM) is a Bulgarian private, not-for-profit higher education institution that was established in 1999.
VUM is committed:
– to provide quality and adequate to the needs of the business and the modern society education by applying a clear interdisciplinary approach, innovative teaching methods and focus on the entrepreneurial skills of students;
– to create liberal environment for development of science and applied research encouraging creativity and entrepreneurial spirit;
– to be an active partner to the business and the civil society, aiming transfer of innovations and development of social entrepreneurship.
The University offers undergraduate and master programmes in the fields of business, management, hospitality, tourism, business information systems and software engineering. All VUM study programmes are delivered exclusively in English and lead to the award of two degrees, namely one from VUM, and a second one from a strategic partner university of VUM located in another EU country.
The university is deeply committed to the principles of internationalization. Full-time and exchange students from nearly 50 countries across the globe are studying at VUM, and more than 25% of all VUM students are international. VUM has an extensive network of academic partners in over 60 countries on five continents. The long-term efforts and work of VUM academic community have been also internationally recognized and validated. In 2017 in terms of student mobility and international orientation, VUM was ranked first in Central and Eastern Europe by U-Multirank.
Research areas of VUM faculty include international business, entrepreneurship, management, cross-cultural awareness and organizational behaviour, economics, marketing and tourism. VUM is known as one of the Bulgarian universities with the highest number of publications and references within social sciences according to Social Science Research Network (SSRN). VUM is the publisher of The European Journal of Tourism Research – an academic journal in the field of tourism, whose aim is to provide a platform for discussion of theoretical and empirical problems in tourism.
Further to conventional education, VUM provides also opportunities for lifelong learning and continuous education. The business school is closely linked with the local business community and civil society through various mechanisms for collaboration, including teaching, input in the curriculum design and applied research.
During the years, VUM was the initiator and the coordinating institution of several initiatives focused on capacity building in the field of higher education, diversification of the educational and training opportunities and quality, establishment of entrepreneurial opportunities for youth and improvement of their citizenship.