1. Educational Information Centre
The Educational Information Centre was established on the basis of the existing Educational and Methodological Department with the aim of improving the quality of the offered student services.
An information system was developed including the procedures for submitting the documents for applying for studies, organization of the entrance examinations, student admittance and enrolment of the successful applicants as well as graduating procedures and solving social and accommodation problems.
The Centre is responsible for the admission of foreign students and assists them in solving various problems.The Centre synchronizes the educational process, maintains educational documentation, organizes MSc courses by Faculties and the competition for PhD studies.
Director: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dochka Dimova
2. Centre of Continuing Education
The Centre of Continuing Education is a supporting unit in the structure of the Agricultural University – Plovdiv. Its major mission is to provide lifelong learning possibilities for the graduates and present students and for other specialists who can acquire key competencies in the area of agriculture and ecology, economics and tourism. The Centre is engaged in guaranteeing the best possible specialized training in the area of agriculture by organizing 30- or 150-hour courses in compliance with the Regulations governing the European Structural Funds.
The Centre of Continuing Education realizes its mission in two major directions – student training and training of external customers.
Students are offered training programmes for acquiring additional qualifications in: professional pedagogy, grassing and garden design, agricultural law, economics and international trade, journalism, patent and licence policy of companies, etc. Preferential conditions are provided and training runs in parallel to the studies for acquiring BSc or MSc degree.The Centre organizes short- and long-term courses for post-graduate studies to university degree holders. There is a great demand of the long-term specialization in economics and management, pedagogical proficiency, flower production, green-house vegetable production, plant protection, plant nutrition. During the short-term specializations the participants can be trained for land assessment, pruning and training of fruit species for improved fruit bearing, production of grapevine and fruit planting material, growing medicinal plants, herb and mushroom collection, etc.Flexible modes of studies are offered – either in a group or individually, part time or distance learning programmes are available.
On completion of the studies, the graduates are issued a certificate in accordance with Regulations of the Government.
The Centre of Continuing Education organizes also preparatory courses for candidate students applying for studies at AU.
3. Centre of European Integration, International and Public Relations
With the long-year traditions in the area of international cooperation and the close academic and research contacts kept with more than 100 universities from Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, the Agricultural University won its recognition as a higher educational institution open to the rich experience of its partners.
The big number of joint European and international projects contributed to updating the curricula and study programmes and their adapting to the European and world standards of university education, which is a stepping stone to the recognition of the diplomas.
Erasmus Bureau is functioning within the Centre as a unit administrating the mobility of the students from the Agricultural University to prestigious European universities for spending a study period or for practical placement for one or two semester. The period of stay abroad is fully recognized and it is documented in the Diploma Supplement.
The tradition has been established for placing the students for a seasonal work in foreign countries where they acquire knowledge and skills in advanced agricultural technologies, learn the native language and get in touch with different cultures and customs.
The first projects within the Human Resources Development Programme for supporting PhD researchers and young scientists, as well as for providing pre-diploma paid internship opportunities for the students enrolled for the BSc degree are successfully implemented.
The staff of the Centre is conducting the advertising activities and it is responsible for the public relations with the aim of promoting the prestige of the Agricultural University.
4. Centre for Career Development and Links with Business
The Centre in conjunction with the staff of the Faculties supports the professional orientation and career development of the graduates and provides internships for the students.
The major aim is to maintain the links between education and labour market. Career consultancy services are an indispensable part of modern higher education, which guarantees the students that the University is engaged in both their training and the opportunities for their professional realization.The Centre for Career Development and Links with Business offer a broad spectrum of activities and student services:
The Centre for Career Development and Links with Business at the Agricultural University is an efficient partner of the employers in training and staff selection by promoting companies offering scholarships, vacancies and internships. The Centre collects and processes the documents of the students applying for internships or jobs and it carried out the preliminary selection.
The career consultancy services offered by the Agricultural University to its students contributes to improving the quality of education, raising the University prestige, deepening the partnership with business and attracting future students.
Chief Expert: Teodora Stoeva
5. Centre of Information Technologies
The Agricultural University – Plovdiv displays special concern for the quality of education and the research process from the point of view of advanced information technologies.
The university teachers and students have access to the latest research office software. In order to realize its responsibilities, the Centre of Information and Communication Technologies includes the following structural units:
In July 2005 the Academic Publishing House received an International Standard Book Number (ISBN 978-954-517) and an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN 1312-6318) for the Scientific Works of the Agricultural University periodical. Introducing the system will enable the rapid and efficient communication between the publishers and the customers and will facilitate the exchange of the issues and the international information cooperation.
In 2009 the new scientific journal “Agricultural Sciences”, ISSN 1313-6577, started to be published. The Agricultural University would gain new positions among the scientific community in Bulgaria.
The increasing issues concerning the quality of education in the University and its improvement to a new higher level inevitable reflects on the activity of the Publishing House, setting high criteria to the production of specialized scientific literature.
The Academic Publishing House has won the prestige of a reliable partner for many external customers. It will continue its strive to develop as an important centre for publishing textbooks and specialized scientific literature in Plovdiv region.
Manager of the Publishing House: Georgi Ivanov
Director: Georgi Palagachev
6. University Library
The University Library is one of the oldest rich specialized agricultural libraries in Bulgaria. It was established in 1945.
It offers the readers the library fund amounting to almost 215 000 scientific issues – books, reference materials, textbooks, scientific periodicals, CDs.
Since 1995 the library processes have been automated: from registering and processing of the documents to the services offered to the users – registration, borrowing books, and customers’ work with the electronic catalogue.
As a modern centre of scientific information the library offers library, bibliographic and information services in on-line regime: current subscription to on-line bibliographic and full-text data bases, since 1990 one of them being САВ Abstracts, which fully covers international literature in the area of agricultural science including topics of latest significance; electronic supply of documents (scientific papers); signaling information.
There are 10 computerized working places in the reading room for the students.
The library is engaged in active book exchange with more than 50 university and scientific libraries.
The library staff strives to make available all the modern specialized on line data bases for the information provision of education and research of the Agricultural University.
Director: Svetla Kukleva
7. Research Centre
Thanks to the varied research and introduction activities, the Agricultural University occupies a leading position in the development до agricultural practice.The major trends of research are the following:
The Agricultural University has a modern laboratory complex including: Accredited Laboratory Complex, Laboratory of plant Biotechnologies and Laboratory for Photosynthetic Analyses.
The Laboratory Complex of the Agricultural University, certified by Bulgarian State Standard EN ISO/IEC 17025/2001, carries out analyses on: drinking, ground and surface waters for the content of inorganic components, petroleum products, heavy metals, pesticides and microbiology; soils for the content of nitrogen, phosphorus potassium, humus, pH, heavy metals, macro- and microelements and microbiology; agricultural products and products of the food and flavour industries for the content of heavy metals, pesticides and microbiology; wines and spirits for the content of methyl alcohol, heavy metals; microbiology of products of cosmetic industry for the content of heavy metals and their microbiology.
Director: Assoc. Prof. Dr Maya Dimitrova
Tel.: +359 32 654 464
8. Agroecological Centre
The Agroecological Centre is a structurl unit of the Agricultural University – Plovdiv. It was founded in 1989 with the aim of coordinating the efforts of researchers, students, farmers and consumers to carry out research and provide education for the development of organic agriculture in Bulgaria.The Agroecological Centre has been a member of the IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) since 1993. The Centre participated actively in a number of international and European projects. It maintains contacts with leading Austrian, Dutch and Italian universities and consulting institutions in the area of biological agriculture and environmental protection.
Since 1994 it has been functioning as a Demonstration Centre for biological farming. The Centre has facilities to train students, teachers, farmers, and agricultural specialists in the field of organic crop production. The produce obtained at the site of the groecological Centre is certified by “Balkan Biosert” (Bioproduct certificate № 00226) and it is marketed at biological processing enterprises and via the new for Bulgaria subscription system for bio-foods.Major priorities:
Tel.: +359 0887 788 412
9. Training And Experimental Fields
The research activities are realized on the training-and-experimental fields, spreading on 185 ha round the city of Plovdiv and the village of Brestnik. It maintains on a high agrotechnical level more than 1500 biological units, including 40 apple, 10 peach, 25 sweet cherry, 20 pear, 20 plum and prunes, 9 quince cultivars, lavender, peppermint, maize, barley, sunflower, etc. with possibilities of producing seed and planting material. A big range of subtropical and tropical bushes and tree species are grown, including lemons, oranges, kiwi, etc., offering for sale planting material with the appropriate technology for their adaptation under the conditions of Bulgarian agriculture.
A collection vineyard has been established with over 600 cultivars of table and wine grape cultivars. There is a modern experimental and research wine cellar with a wine collection with samples since 1968 and a Laboratory for input and output product control.For the development of animal breeding, different animal races are bred for the needs of student training and for reproduction. The good animal welfare of the local sheep and cattle races is quite valuable for practice.
10. Student Union
The Student Union is actively taking part in the policy making process at the Agricultural University with its representatives in the University Governing Bodies.
The Student Union:
Tel.: +359 32 654 480;
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