The University of Kragujevac was founded on May 21, 1976, which is the same date when in 1838 Prince Miloš Obrenović set up the Licej, the first institution of higher education in Serbia. When Belgrade became the capital, most of the ministries moved there along with the Licej. In 1863 it was renamed into the Belgrade Higher School and in 1905 it eventually became the University of Belgrade.
Today the University of Kragujevac has grown into a modern education and research center embracing almost all major areas of teaching and research, presently comprising 11 faculties with a student population of 14,000 and an academic staff of 1,000. The faculties are spread over five towns of the Central Serbia region which covers an area populated by 2,500,000 people. The University of Kragujevac offers a wide range of areas of study at the undergraduate and advanced levels. To date, 18,000 students have been graduated from the university, 600 have earned their master’s degree and 300 successfully defended their doctoral dissertation.