Higher Education Directorate

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  1. assists the Minister in the implementation of the state policy in the field of higher education;
  2. organizes and is responsible for the preparation of proposals and draft acts relating to the opening, transformation and closing down of higher education schools and faculties, institutes, branches and colleges in the state higher education establishments;
  3. maintains a database with specimens of the basic documents for higher education and qualifications, issued by the higher education establishments;
  4. maintains an information system containing:
    1. a register of the higher education establishments where data shall be entered regarding its basic units, branches and the professional sectors and specialties opened thereby;
    2. a register of the academic staff of the higher education establishments;
    3. a register of all current and interrupted students and PhD students by degrees of education and professional sectors covered;
    4. a register of the graduated students and PhD students;
  5. maintains a register of diplomas for educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’ and for the scientific degree ‘Doctor of Science’ issued by the higher education establishments and scientific organizations;
  6. coordinates the activities of higher education establishments in the country;
  7. assists the Minister in the exercise of control over the higher education establishments in relation to achieving compliance with the provisions of the Higher Education Act and the state requirements;
  8. assists the Minister in carrying out control over the open and unfinished procedures for acquiring a scientific degree, as well as for holding academic positions under the provisions of the Development of the Academic Staff in the Republic of Bulgaria Act;
  9. ensures the implementation of programs for the modernization of the higher education, continuing education and lifelong learning;
  10. participates, by providing experts, in the activities related to the recognition and equation of educational degrees;
  11. coordinates the higher education system in the context of the Bologna Process, as well as organizes and supports the relations of higher education establishments with the labor market in the context of the Lisbon Strategy;
  12. organizes and prepares an annual draft decision to endorse the number of students and PhD students to be admitted for training in the higher education establishments and in the scientific organizations;
  13. participates in the development of standards for the determination of the real value of the maintenance support of the students and PhD students by professional sectors;
  14. supports the participation of higher education establishments in the educational exchange programs for students, PhD students and post-graduate students;
  15. is responsible for carrying out the procedures for all competitions related to the admission of foreign nationals to study as students, PhD students and post-graduate students in the higher education establishments and in the scientific organizations of the Republic of Bulgaria, and admission of Bulgarian citizens to study abroad;
  16. is responsible for the activities related to the enrollment of students, PhD students and post-graduate students at places, subsidized by the state, for the training of persons of Bulgarian ethnicity and ancestry in the state higher education establishments, and in the scientific organizations of the Republic of Bulgaria;
  17. organizes and is responsible for activities in the implementation of regulatory acts concerning the rights of students and PhD students to scholarships, use of university accommodation and student canteens and other social benefits;
  18. coordinates all activities related to the interaction with student organizations;
  19. supports the activities related to practical traineeships and career guidance for students;
  20. organizes and performs activities related to the provision of holographic stickers in the diplomas for completed educational and qualification degree of higher education and its submission to higher education establishments;
  21. is responsible for the elaboration, updating and application of the regulatory acts and the individual and general administrative acts, related to its functional expertise;
  22. participates in the synchronization of national legislation with the European Union acts relating to its functional expertise.