The University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” (UMG “St. Ivan Rilski”) has been existing as an independent higher school since 10th June 1953 according to Decree №231 of 10th June 1953 of the Presidium of the National Assembly.
The University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” is the only higher school in Bulgaria, which provides high quality education in the field of research, mining and processing of mineral and energy raw materials for nearly seven decades.
During its long history the UMG “St. Ivan Rilski” has trained more than 30 000 specialists, Bulgarian and foreign citizens from over 40 countries from Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America. UMG “St. Ivan Rilski” has defended its right to train students at all educational levels. In duration and scope, they correspond to the degrees awarded by universities in Europe and the United States.
The University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” is the only university which offers training in the professional field of “Exploration, Mining and Processing of Minerals” which is in the top 5 of the vocational fields with the highest income for the graduates among all 52 vocational fields of the Bulgarian higher education.
The University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” is an educational and research centre where engineers in geological, mining and electromechanical courses of study are trained, fundamental and applied research activities are conducted and all forms of postgraduate qualification are carried out.
The University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” is a university with qualified pedagogical staff and scientists, with good material base and it is an integral part of the European educational system and the world mining science and practice.
The University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” is located in Sofia, on the territory of the Student Town which is situated at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. The university campus is located on an area of 100 decares where the buildings of the Rectorate, the Faculties (Faculty of Mining Technology, Faculty of Mining Electromechanics, Faculty of Geology and Exploration), the Laboratory Block, the Sports Complex, the “St. Ivan Rilski” Publishing House, the museums, the scientific and educational laboratories are situated. Sports and fitness halls, playgrounds, a swimming-pool, cafes, student dormitories and the university canteen are situated on the territory of the UMG “St. Ivan Rilski” and around it.
The UMG is an educational, scientific research and administrative system that meets the contemporary requirements of leading European and global universities – from the doctoral programmes through the educational and laboratory facilities to the widespread international contacts with leading universities, scientific institutes and companies from other countries.
The mission of the University of Mining and Geology “St. Ivan Rilski” is to retain its role as a key player in the creation and development of the intellectual potential of Bulgaria with the aim to ensure the raw materials and energy independence of the country. To prepare engineers with a wide scope of knowledge for working with complex production systems in exploration, mining, processing, transportation, storage and use of mineral resources. To conduct significant fundamental and applied research in the sphere of mining industry and geological prospecting.
In order to achieve these aims, the UMG “St. Ivan Rilski” relies on:
⦁ The competency, enthusiasm and beliefs of its lecturers, employees and students to serve the progress of society on the road to knowledge and shared values;
⦁ The good name of the UMG “St. Ivan Rilski” established through its active presence in the spiritual and economic life of the country;
⦁ The cooperation with state and regional institutions and business organisations;
⦁ The broadening partnership with universities and scientific organisations within and outside the EU.