Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI)
The Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics (FMI) was founded on 24 November 1889 as a Physics and Mathematics Division to the first and most prestigious university in Bulgaria - St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia. Throughout its long story FMI has been a spiritual centre of higher education and research.
The mission of the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Sofia University is:
- to preserve, enrich and transmit the knowledge in the field of Pure and Applied mathematics, Informatics and Computer science as
- Educating bachelors, masters and PhD students in these areas;
- Developing these areas scientifically;
- Instructing highly educated and responsible young people - the core of the future Bulgarian science engine in the fields of Mathematics and Computer science;
- to be a national leader and a European centre for university education in Mathematics, Informatics and Computer Science;
- to be a scientific centre of European importance and international recognition.
The vision of FMI in this endeavor consists of:
- asserting its role as a national leader in educational and scientific terms;
- aspiring the educational curriculums at FMI to meet European quality standards and to be closer to the world's leading designs;
- providing conditions for obtaining scientific results and creating practical applications recognized by the international scientific community;
- working to promote best practice in the development, management and application of science for the purposes of the public the education, the business and the man;
In accomplishing its mission and realizing its vision, key objectives FMI sets are:
- high-quality education and research activity;
- leading position in the quality of education offered through timely and adequate response to the educational needs;
- dignified presence in the scientific and research area in accordance with the international standards for research.
To achieve its main objectives, FMI gives students advanced training in the professional fields of Mathematics, Informatics and Computer science and Pedagogy of education in Mathematics, Informatics and Information Technologies by conducting regular and part-time education in the current subjects with professionally designed dynamic curricula and programs tailored to the needs of the students and the labour market.
FMI conducts high-level education by preparing skilled staff for business and education - knowledgeable and capable, enterprising and creative. Lecturers work actively and purposefully for giving high-quality training, as evidenced by the success of the graduates of the faculty at international competitions and Olympiads in Mathematics and Informatics, especially the good realization as professionals both in Bulgaria and abroad. FMI graduates are sought after by companies, banks and government institutions. They won recruitment competitions for university lecturers in universities and for researchers in research institutes. Many of them continue their education at prestigious universities in Western Europe and North America.
The aim of the training conducted at FMI is that the students graduating from the faculty gain solid knowledge and skills to achieve effective professional and social realization. FMI prepares specialists capable of reasoning effectively and constructively with motivation to constantly improve their knowledge and skills. Through active communication in an academic environment future professionals build their attitudes and skills for creative thinking, lifelong learning and working in dynamically changing conditions.
Тeaching activities related to education promote students' innovative spirit and their desire for personal development. During their education at FMI they acquire skills for successful adaptation to a highly competitive environment. FMI maintains a level of training which ensures students' mobility within the European Union and international cooperation programs. FMI successfully combines training in professional fields with research and attracts students to joint execution of scientific and educational projects at a national and international level.
High-quality training is the result of the high level of scientific and applied research conducted at FMI, which is oriented to a wide range of problems of modern science.
FMI develops modern information infrastructure for teaching and research. The library of the faculty has a fund of about 80,000 volumes which includes the oldest collection of mathematical literature on the Balkan Peninsula. The computer labs are equipped with modern equipment and software, and the building of the faculty has Wireless Internet.