NIKOLA VAPTSAROV
NAVAL ACADEMY
MARITIME ENGINEERING EDUCATION IN BULGARIA
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To develop highly qualified leaders
for the Bulgarian Navy and the maritime industry;
to prepare them for the challenges
of the transforming Navy and the rapidly changing sector
of the global maritime economy
MAIN OBJECTIVES

Higher military and civilian education for the future naval
officers

Doctor’s, Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees for the merchant
marine

Postgraduate training for military and maritime personnel

Research and Development for the Bulgarian Navy and the
maritime industry
OTHER OBJECTIVES
Technical training and enhancing the qualification of NCOs
and sailors
HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY
1881
1893
1901
1906
1953
1956
1960
1995
1998
2000
2000
2001
First technical school in Bulgaria
Beginning of line officer / deck officer education and training
Qualification courses for senior naval officers
First diplomas of higher education
First foreign cadets funded by their respective MoDs
First Master’s Degree Engineering program
International recognition of the Academy’s diploma by IMO
Maritime university approved under the STCW 78/95 Convention
First program accreditation of core specialties
Cofounder of the International Association of Maritime Universities
First ISO Quality Certificate
First Institutional Accreditation
Founders of the Academy
Patron of the Academy
TRADITIONS
 Institution for training
in the maritime way of life
Lieutenant
Kuzminski
Admiral
Rozhdestvenski
1917
 Integrated training of officers both
for the Navy and the Merchant Marine
in a military environment
Nikola Vaptsarov
 Theory and practice in close integration
 National Center of maritime
education and science
 Strict adherence to the international
standards for training of maritime
personnel
Major-general
Konstantin Kirkov
1931
Alumni Association of the Naval
Academy
1997
ACADEMIC STRUCTURE
General Assembly
Academic Council
Superintendent - Rector
Postgraduate
Training
Department
Navigation Faculty
Engineering Faculty
General Assembly
General Assembly
Faculty Council
Faculty Council
General Assembly
Dean
Dean
Dept. Council
Director
6 chairs
6 chairs
Training
Centers
Boards of
chairs
Boards of
chairs
Naval Training
Center
NCO College
ACADEMIC SUPPORT UNITS

Naval Research Center

English Resource Center

CISCO Academy

Ship Brokers Center

Naval Training Center

Career Development Center

EIPC Center

Information Center and Library

Publishing Center

Maritime Technology Transfer Center
ACADEMIC STAFF
Professors
Associate
professors
Other PhD
holders
Total
NAVIGATION FACULTY
4
22
3
51
ENGINEERING FACULTY
3
23
7
53
POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
DEPARTMENT
-
-
2
8
TOTAL ACADEMIC STAFF
7
45
12
112
Sections
PROFESSORS
6%
OTHER
43%
ASS.
PROFESSORS
40%
OTHER PHD
HOLDERS
11%
Academic trainees / Academic staff Ratio 12:1
SEAFARER’S COMPETENCY OF THE ACADEMIC STAFF
5
Masters Foreign Going
4
Chief Engineers
2
Chief Mates
2
First Engineers
7
Second and Third Mates
4
Second and Third Engineers
4
Ship’s Electrical Engineer Officers
4
Maritime Security Trainers
13 GMDSS Operators
118 Maritime Instructors
ACCREDITATIONS
Syllabi accreditation - 2009
Institutional accreditation – 2006
Syllabi accreditation - 2007
Military Science vocational domain
Syllabi accreditation - 2006
Transport, Navigation, and Aviation
vocational domain
Syllabi accreditation - 2004
Institutional accreditation - 2001
Syllabi accreditation - 1998
NATO
STANAG publications
Allied publications
Other NATO requirements
HIGHER EDUCATION ACT
DEFENSE AND ARMED
FORCES ACT
IMO
STCW 78/95 model
courses,
MARPOL, SOLAS and
other conventions
TRAINING OF NAVAL OFFICERS (CADETS)
HIGHER EDUCATION with a BACHELOR degree in :
MILITARY SPECIALTY:
and
CIVILIAN SPECIALTY:
 NAVIGATION
 SHIP ENGINEERING
 SHIP RADIOELECTRONICS
COMMAND AND CONTROL OF
NAVAL TACTICAL UNITS
Admittance exams
 Mathematics
 Physical fitness
 English language
 Medical checks
 Psycho-physiological fitness
Duration of training: 5 years
State exams
 Command and Control of naval tactical units
 English language
 Physical fitness
Civilian specialty
STANAG 6001 Certification
EDUCATION OF STUDENTS FOR THE MERCHANT MARINE
BACHELOR’S DEGREE PROGRAMS
NAVIGATION FACULTY
SPECIALTIES:
 NAVIGATION
 INLAND WATERWAY NAVIGATION
 SHIP RADIOELECTRONICS
 TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF MARITIME TRANSPORT AND PORTS
 WATER TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT
ENGINEERING FACULTY
SPECIALTIES:
 SHIP MACHINERY
 SHIP ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
 TECHNOLOGY OF SHIP REPAIRS
 OCEAN ENGINEERING
Duration of training – 4 years
Academic hours – 2700-3000 (240 ECTS Credits)
NAVIGATION CURRICULUM
Basic sciences
Maths
Others
Technical
sciences
1
180
240
90
75
165
30
30 days
2
0
180
450
15
90
45
45 days
3
0
0
450
45
90
15
180 days
4
0
0
435
0
90
0
0
Total
180
420
1425
135
435
90
255 days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Physical
Training
Practice
Total – 2685 hours; 240 ECTS credits
5 State examinations
NAVIGATION
MASTER UNLIMITED
Exam, BMA
Sea service
24 months
(12 as C / M)
Professor
Ass. Professor
CHIEF MATE
PhD
Exam, BMA
Sea service
12 months
Doctoral Exams
OIC NAVIGATIONAL WATCH
Exam, BMA
Master’s Degree Program
State Exams – Bachelor’s degree
Academic training
Full-time training – 4 years
Extra-mural – 5 years
Admittance exams
Internship
6 months
Conventional and
professional
certificates
Cadet internship
6 months
INLAND WATERWAY NAVIGATION CURRICULUM
Basic sciences
Maths
Others
Technical
sciences
1
180
240
90
75
165
30
15 days
2
0
180
375
0
165
45
15 days
3
0
0
405
0
195
15
30 days
4
0
0
360
45
120
0
60 days
Total
180
420
1230
120
645
90
120 days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Physical
Training
Practice
Total – 2685 hours; 240 ECTS credits
2 State examinations
INLAND WATERWAY NAVIGATION
BOATMASTER
Exam, BMA
Professor
3 years of service
Ass. Professor
1 of which as an
inland waterway
steersman
PhD
STEERSMAN
Doctoral Exams
Exam, BMA
Master’s Degree Program
State Exams – Bachelor’s degree
Academic training
Internship 4 months
Full-time training – 4 years
Extra-mural – 5 years
Conventional and
professional certificates
Admittance exams
SHIP RADIOELECTRONICS CURRICULUM
Basic sciences
Maths
Others
Technical
sciences
1
180
165
0
135
165
30
30 days
2
45
300
375
0
75
30
30 days
3
0
0
585
0
120
30
30 days
4
0
0
570
0
120
0
0
Total
225
465
1530
135
480
90
90 days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Physical
Training
Practice
Total – 2925 hours; 265 ECTS credits
2 State examinations
SHIP RADIOELECTRONICS
Ship radioelectronics
І class
Exam, BMA
Professor
Time at sea
24 months
Ass. Professor
PhD
Ship radioelectronics
II class
Doctoral Exams
Exam, BMA
Time at sea 3
months
Master’s Degree Program
State Exams – Bachelor’s degree
Academic training
GMDSS
Full-time training – 4 years
Extra-mural – 5 years
Conventional and
professional certificates
Admittance exams
TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF MARITIME
TRANSPORT AND PORTS CURRICULUM
Basic Sciences
Humanities
Maths
Others
Technical
Sciences
1
180
240
45
90
165
45
30
15 days
2
0
60
90
315
150
30
45
30 days
3
0
0
330
135
75
0
15
30 days
4
0
0
450
0
90
0
0
15 days
Total
180
300
915
540
480
75
90
90 days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Practice
Others
Physical
Training
Total – 2580 hours; 240 ECTS credits
2 State examinations
WATER TRANSPORT MANAGEMENT CURRICULUM
Basic sciences
Humanities
Maths
Others
Technical
sciences
1
120
240
0
2
0
0
3
0
4
Total
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Others
Physical
Training
0
90
45
30
105
330
90
75
30
0
45
315
90
30
15
0
0
120
375
120
0
0
120
240
270
1035
390
150
75
Total – 2280 hours; 240 ECTS credits
Internship – 30 days
2 State examinations
SHIP MACHINERY CURRICULUM
Basic Sciences
Humanities
Maths
Others
Technical
Sciences
1
180
165
195
90
90
45
30
35 days
2
30
90
540
30
90
30
30
35 days
3
0
105
495
0
120
0
30
100
days
4
0
0
600
0
90
0
0
15 days
Total
210
360
1830
120
390
75
90
185
days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Others
Physical
Training
Practice
Total – 3075 hours; 240 ECTS credits
2 State examinations
SHIP MACHINERY
CHIEF ENGINEER > 3000 kW
Exam, BMA
12 Months of
Service
Professor
SECOND ENGINEER > 3000 kW
Ass. Professor
Exam, BMA
PhD
12 Months of
Service
Doctoral Exams
OIC ENGINEERING WATCH > 750 kW
Exam, BMA
Cadet Internship
6 months
Master’s Degree Program
State Exams – Bachelor’s degree
Academic Training
Full-time Training – 4 years
Extra-mural – 5 years
Admittance exams
Internship 3 months
Conventional and
professional
certificates
SHIP ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT CURRICULUM
Basic Sciences
Humanities
Maths
Others
Technical
Sciences
1
180
165
210
75
90
45
30
35 days
2
30
145
465
0
120
30
30
35 days
3
0
0
580
30
90
0
30
100 days
4
0
0
565
45
90
0
0
15 days
Total
210
310
1820
150
390
75
90
185 days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Practice
Others
Physical
Training
Total – 3045 hours; 240 ECTS credits
2 State examinations
SHIP ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
SHIP ELECTRICIAN I GRADE
Exam, BMA
Professor
Ass. Professor
Time at sea
24 months
PhD
SHIP ELECTRICIAN II GRADE
Doctoral Exams
Exam, BMA
Cadet internship
6 months
Master’s Degree Program
State Exams – Bachelor’s degree
Academic Training
Internship 3 months
Full-time Training – 4 years
Extra-mural – 5 years
Conventional and
professional
certificates
Admittance Exams
SHIP REPAIR TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM
Basic Sciences
Humanities
Maths
Others
Technical
Sciences
1
180
165
210
75
90
45
30
35 days
2
30
60
525
60
90
30
30
35 days
3
0
0
570
0
120
0
30
84 days
4
0
0
570
0
90
0
0
16 days
Total
210
225
1875
135
390
75
90
170 days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Practice
Others
Physical
Training
Total – 3000 hours; 240 ECTS credits
2 State examinations
OCEAN ENGINEERING CURRICULUM
Basic Sciences
Humanities
Maths
Others
Technical
Sciences
1
180
165
225
75
90
45
30
35 days
2
30
90
525
45
90
30
30
35 days
3
0
0
630
0
60
0
30
100 days
4
0
0
525
30
150
0
0
22 days
Total
210
255
1905
150
390
75
90
192 days
Year
Social
sciences
Foreign
Languages
Practice
Others
Physical
Training
Total – 3075 hours; 240 ECTS credits
2 State examinations
EDUCATION OF MERCHANT MARINE STUDENTS
MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS
NAVIGATION FACULTY
 NAVIGATION
 SHIP ELECTRONICS
 PORT MANAGEMENT
ENGINEERING FACULTY
 SHIP MACHINERY
 SHIP ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
 SHIP REPAIRS
Duration of Training 1- 3 years
Academic hours 900 – 2500 (60 - 120 ECTS Credits)
DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
SCIENTIFIC SPECIALTIES
 02.14.12
Ship Operation and Navigation
 02.14.14
Operation of Water Transport, Seaports and River ports
 02.07.03
Radiolocation and Radionavigation
 02.07.20
Communications Systems and Networks
 02.03.05
Ship Power Plants and Machinery
 02.03.04
Technology and Organization of Shipbuilding
and Ship Repairing
 02.04.15
Ship Power Supply and Electrical Systems
 05.12.01
Organization and Management of the Armed Forces
 05.06.11
Military Psychology
POSTGRADUATE TRAINING
MERCHANT MARINERS
 Licensed ship broker and agent training
 Conventional certificate training
 Training for a higher degree of maritime qualification
 Bridge team/resource management courses
 Engine team/resource management courses
 GMDSS operator training
 RADAR / ARPA training
 Security officers training
 Safety officers training
 English Language training
 Diver training
DISTANCE LEARNING CENTER
 A structure within the Postgraduate Training Department
 Courses offered to military and civilian students
 Courses currently available / in development:
– English
– Information Technologies
– Physics
– Mathematics
– Economics
 Supplementary materials available in all disciplines
 Active participation in MoD projects in the area of English
language teaching / learning
QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
2000 - Lloyd’s Register’s ISO 9002:1994 Certificate
2003 - Lloyd’s Register’s ISO 9001:2000 Certificate
2009 - Lloyd’s Register’s ISO 9001:2008 Certificate
QUALITY POLICY
Attaining and maintaining the high quality of tertiary
maritime education towards meeting the aims and objectives of
Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy based on the age-old
traditions of the Academy by:
identifying and meeting national and international standards;
establishing controlled environment for implementing the
international standards related to naval and maritime personnel
education and training
Naval Academy
campus
Dormitory
Oil and lubricant
storage
Dormitory
Sports Hall
Swimming pool
Large parade
ground
Administrative building
Dormitories and the
Sports center
Dormitory
Dormitory
Outdoor sports grounds
Hotel
Workshop
Garageр
Outdoor
gymnastics ground
Maritime
Training Center
Marine Qualification Center
and Navigation Faculty
Warehouses
Dining facilities
Theater
Naval Museum
Navigation
Faculty”
Dining facilities and theater
Small parade ground
Central
building
Engineering
Faculty”
Accacia Dining
Facility
Gate
Planetarium
Decision of the National
Assembly of Bulgaria of
22.06.2002
Swimming pool
Monument of
N.Y.Vaptsarov
TRAINING FACILITIES
 Sea born Training base
(80 trainees)
 Tall-training ship Kaliakra (30
trainees)
 Boat base (10 row boats)
 Summer camp
 Simulators - 8
 Polygons – 4
 Planetarium (112 seats)
 Damage control centre
 Training workshop
TRAINING FACILITIES
 Lecture-halls and classrooms
(1600 seats)
 Library (125 208 volumes) with
Informational computer center
 Sports Hall and swimming pool
 Computer training center with Internal
computer net (283 work stations)
 Psycho-physiological labs - 2
 Computer labs - 6
 Language labs - 4
 Other labs - 77
 English resource center (SAC)
 Publishing center
 Cinema and Conference hall (428 seats)
 Dormitories - for 1600 trainees
 Dining facilities - for 1050 trainees
 Museum
OPERATING TRAINERS AND SIMULATORS
Name
Skills practiced
Number
of seats
Transas Marine
Full vessel control from a visualized navigation
bridge
10
Transas GMDSS
Using procedures for communication
6
Transas Engine Room
Simulator ERS 4000
All-round practice for ship engineers
12
DIESELSIM Norcontrol
Control and diagnostics of ship diesel engines
5
ALFA LAVAL
Using ship separators
12
Training Center FESTO
Operating of hydraulic and pneumatic systems
18
Technical Centre SKF
Design and servicing of rolling bearings
6
Transas VTS
Radar & AIS information processing
8
Hydroacoustics Lab
Sonar information processing
8
Dangerous Waters
Tactical activities at sea
39
JCATS
Tactical activities at any environment
39
Planetarium
Astronomical observations
112
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
STRATEGIC GOAL
To establish a centre of fundamental and applied science
research in the area of naval science and marine technologies
providing education and scientific support to the Navy and
maritime industry
MAIN AREAS
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Marine technologies
Naval science, weaponry and equipment
Maritime safety and security
Navigation
Maritime education and qualification activities
INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS
MEMBERSHIP IN
 The International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU)
 The International Maritime Lecturers Association (IMLA)
 The Consortium of Military Academies and Defense Studies
Institutes
 The World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden
 Cisco Networking Academy
 Microsoft Academy
INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS
CONTACTS WITH NAVAL ACADEMIES
 Naval Academy “Mircea cel Batran”, Constantsa, Romania
 Turkish Naval Academy , Tuzla, Istanbul
 Hellenic Naval Academy, Piareus, Greece
 Academia Navale Livorno, Italy
 US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
 Spanish Naval Academy, Marin, Pontevedra
 Naval Academy at Murwik, Flensburg, Germany
 Ecole Navale, Brest, France
 Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, Devon
 Sevastopol Naval Institute, Sevastopol, Ukraine
INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS
CONTACTS WITH MARITIME ACADEMIES AND UNIVERSITIES
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Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London, UK
Constantsa Maritime University, Romania
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Piri Reis Maritime University, Istanbul, Turkey
Main Maritime Academy, USA
California Maritime Academy, USA
Gdynia Maritime University, Poland
Odessa National Maritime Academy, Ukraine
Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy, Russia
St. Petersburg State University of Water Transport, Russia
Odessa State University of Water Transport, Ukraine
Batumi State Maritime Academy, Georgia
INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS
ERASMUS PROGRAM
 Standard and Extended Erasmus Charter (2007, 2008)
 Teaching Staff Mobility Agreement with Constanta Maritime
University. Mobility in the period 2007 – 2010:
 24 professors from the Naval Academy, Varna
 22 professors from the Maritime University, Constanta
 Students Mobility Agreement with “Stargate Ship Management”
and “Ahrenkiel Ship Management” for 45 practice mobilities
in 2009 – 2010
 Participation in the Military Erasmus Program:
 2 cadets in Spanish Naval Academy, Marin, Pontevedra – 2 week
seminar
 practice on board US and Italian combat ships
INTERNATIONAL CONTACTS
ERASMUS PROGRAMS IN PREPARATION
Bilateral Agreements for Academic Exchange for 2011 – 2013:
 Constanta Naval Academy, Romania
 Istanbul Technical University, Turkey, Maritime Faculty
 University of Applied Sciences, FHS – Vienna, Austria,
Department of Intelligent Transport Systems
 Military University of Brno, Czech Republic
All programs are signed and pending at Erasmus Office
BUSINESS CONTACTS
 TRANSAS Group, UK
 Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd, UK
 Royal Caribbean International
 Thenamaris, Greece
 Multraship Towage &
Salvage, The Netherlands
 Premiere Group Ltd, Norway
 Marine Consult, Germany
 K-Line, Japan
 Stamco Ship Management Co Ltd,
Greece
 Union Shipping and Trade Co Ltd,
Greece
 Keppel Fels Baltech Ltd,
Singapore
 Star Gate Ltd
 Kuwait Oil Tanker Company
 Promar Ltd, Germany
 EURONAV, France
 Odyssey Management
Consultancy, Dubai, UAE
 Cosmos Shipping
REALISATION OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY’S GRADUATES
There is no unemployment for
the Academy’s graduates.
They make $500 M every year.
PARTICIPATION OF THE TRAINING VESSELS
IN TALL SHIP REGATTAS
Italy
England
Naples - 1996
TALL SHIP KALIAKRA - WINNER
Cutty Sark 86, 87, 88, 89, 90
Grand Regatta Columbus 92
Cutty Sark 96, 97, 98
Cutty Sark 2001, 2002
Tall Ships 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006,
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
USA
Sweden
PARTICIPATION OF THE “IN THE WAKE OF
THE BELGICA” EXPEDITION
Europe – Antarctica
Oct. 2007 – March 2008
NAVAL ACADEMY PROSPECTS
 ALL-ROUND TRAINING CENTRE FOR PERSONNEL FOR THE
NAVY AND THE WATER TRANSPORT SYSTEM
 NATIONAL MARITIME SCIENCE AND EDUCATION CENTRE IN
THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
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REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRE FOR MARITIME PERSONNEL
FOR BULGARIAN AND INTERNATIONAL MARINE COMPANIES
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