The Technical University of Sofia (TUS) (www.tu-sofia.bg) is the leading Bulgarian university in the field of engineering. As total, TUS provides BSc, MS and PhD degrees in 26 subjects in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering, transportation, electronics and automation, computer science and telecommunications, mathematic and robotics, machines building and metal working, industrial management and public administration. For the time being more than 10000 full-time and about 1000 part-time BSc and MSc students, 500 of PhD and about 1000 post-graduates study at TU of Sofia. Over 15500 are the engineers who have graduated and with the knowledge and skills acquired here have contributed to the development of Bulgarian industry and science. In its structure TU Sofia has 15 faculties and 4 separated departments with research staff of more than 1100, of which 63 professors, 436 associated professors and 345 assistant professors. The university offers twining education programs delivered in German, English, and French language with association of foreign university partners and governmental organizations for international cooperation. Further training and interdisciplinary research are also available at the Open Faculty. The TUS has branches and affiliated institutions in several towns in Bulgaria.
Over its 70 years of experience TUS proved its competitiveness in the engineering research and training both at national and EU level. It has participated in more than 1 200 international and in numerous national research projects. TU Sofia has strong international recognition and maintains intensive contacts with major European and US universities. It is the founder of the Association for Business Cooperation linking the International Relations departments of the Higher Technical Schools from Central and Eastern Europe and a member of CRE (Conference of the European Universities’ Rectors). The staff has participated in many international scientific organizations, CMEA and UNIDO projects, joint projects under the TEMPUS, COPERNICUS, CEEPUS, HERCULES, COST, FP5, FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020 and ERASMUS programmes with foreign partners from 76 universities in 16 countries. The first contracts for financing research and development were signed in 1962-1963 and the Research and Development Sector (R&DS) was established in 1967. Gradually its activities expanded setting up various research and development laboratories (R&DL). Their number has reached 50 R&D units at times; nowadays they are 48 in all.
There are many opportunities for cooperation between the Technical University of Sofia and partner industrial companies in the following main directions: work on joint research projects or establishment of joint labs; joint training of future engineers and providing them with the opportunity to solve real practical problems, assigned by companies, as term projects, diploma projects or PhD research; part-time jobs related to the specific subject they are studying, as well as summer jobs or short-term specialisations; and last, but not least cooperation in providing graduates’ attractive career opportunities. TUS has close contacts and cooperation with governmental energy, economics and environmental authorities, agencies and municipalities, and has national research and distribution of engineering knowledge role for sustainable, safety and environmental friendly development in Bulgaria.
ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Technical University of Sofia has long expertise in energy and IT applications, collaborating with Bulgarian TSO, DSO and Market Operator in various national and EU projects. The R&D and academic personnel of the University will assist in the big data algorithms and the implementation of the demos in Bulgaria cooperating with the aforementioned national energy stakeholders and the exploitation of the results.