The New Bulgarian University was established on 18th September 1991 upon decision of the Great National Assembly. On 5th July 2001, NBU obtained institutional accreditation from the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency for the maximum 6-year period, and in December 2005 it passed through the second accreditation procedure. In 2004 NBU was accredited by The Open University in Great Britain.
It was the first university in Bulgaria, which introduced the credit system, the study for the educational degrees specialist, bachelor and master, the distance learning and continuing education.
Among the Doctors Honoris Causa and Honorary Professors of NBU are persons of world renown â€“ Richard Rorty, Vera Mutafchieva, Yulia Krasteva, Jean-Perre Vernant, Milcho Leviev, Robert Young, Raina Kabaivanska, Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, Terry Eagleton, etc.
Annually, 12 000 students and single-course students study at NBU. Up to 2006, 9 940 bachelors, masters and post-graduate students have graduated at the university.