Education in Mitrovica

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Education in Mitrovica is provided by a number of public and private institutions. With more than 36 percent of the population in Mitrovica being under 19 years old[1] Mitrovica has a large number of primary schools, secondary schools and higher education institutes.[2] These schools are located throughout the municipality, which is compromised by the city of Mitrovica, its 26 southern villages, and the northern part of the city.[3]

A location map with the education institutions of Mitrovica is available online.[4]

Mitrovica features one of the most profound ethnic tensions in south east Europe.[5][6] It thereby witnessed the highest frequency of ethnic incidents, as well as most sizable. Since its division in 1999, with the river Ibar serving as de facto ethnic border, its educational system is also divided.[7]

Higher Education[edit]

Mitrovica has four higher education providers, one in north Mitrovica and three in south Mitrovica. Whereas the north Mitrovica based University of Pristina, Mitrovica operates under Serbian higher education law[8] the three south Mitrovica based higher education institutions are operating under Kosovo higher education law[9][10] and are subject to regular accreditations by the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA).[6]

Higher Education Providers[edit]

University of Pristina, Mitrovica[edit]

Pristina University, Mitrovica

With the end of the Kosovo war, the Serbian members of the University of Pristina moved faculties to north Mitrovica. With the assistance of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UMNIK), they established the University of Pristina, Mitrovica, which started operations in 1999.[11] The university of Pristina, Mitrovica comprises ten faculties, seven of which are located in Mitrovica. The Mitrovica campus hosts the faculties for: economics, medicine, law, mathematics and natural science, technical science, arts and philosophy. The faculty of agriculture is situated in Zubin Potok and Lesak, the faculty for teacher training as well as the faculty for physical education and sports are situated in Leposavic.[12]

In 2009, the Mitrovica-based faculties of the University of Pristina, Mitrovica had 3889 full-time students, 3216 part-time students, 582 academic staff and 249 technical staff.[13]

The University of Pristina, Mitrovica is maintaining a multidisciplinary research centre.[14] Since the University of Pristina operates under Serbian law, it is subject to the rules, standards and procedures of the commission for accreditation and quality assurance of the republic of Serbia.[15] The University of Pristina, Mitrovica, is regularly evaluated by the IEP (Institutional Evaluation Program).[16]

The University of Pristina, Mitrovica includes a multidisciplinary research centre. It also maintains several cooperations, such as through the European Commission founded Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the European Science Foundation and Tempus.[17]

The current rector of the University of Pristina, Mitrovica is Srecko Milacic.[18]

University of Mitrovica[edit]

The foundations of higher education studies in Mitrovica were set with the opening of the Higher Technical School in 1961. In 1970 the Faculty of Engineering opened branches of Mining, Technology and Metallurgy, initially in Mitrovica, school year 1970/71, to continue then in Pristina until the establishment of the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy in Mitrovica in 1974. Based on the 60 year tradition of higher education in Mitrovica, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo on 06.03.2013 has established the Public University of Mitrovica and the Kosovo Assembly on May 31, 2013 ratified the decision. Based on the 60 year tradition of higher education in Mitrovica, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo on 06.03.2013 has established the Public University of Mitrovica and the Kosovo Assembly on May 31, 2013 ratified the decision. Approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, at the University of Mitrovica "Isa Boletini" (UMIB) operate six faculties:[19]

  • Faculty of Geosciences (FG)

- Bachelor of Science:

  • Mining(with specializations: Mining, Geotechnic, Preparation of mineral raw materials)
  • Geology
  • Materials and Metallurgy (with specializations: Materials, Metallurgy)

- Master of Science:

  • Mining(with specializations: Geotechnics, Mining)
  • Deposits of mineral raw materials
  • Hydrology and Engineering Geology
  • Materials
  • Metallurgy
  • Faculty of Food Technology (FFT)

- Bachelor of Science:

  • Food Technology and Engineering
  • Technology (with specializations: Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering)

- Master of Science:

  • Food Technology and Engineering
  • Technology (with specializations: Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering)
  • Faculty of Mechanical and Computer Engineering (FMCE)

- Bachelor of Science:

  • Industrial Machinery
  • Informatics Engineering
  • Economics Engineering

- Master of Science:

  • Production Technology
  • Engineering Informatics
  • Faculty of Law (FL)
  • Law - Graduated Jurist - Bachelor
  • Faculty of Economics (FE)

- Bachelor of Arts:

  • Banking, Finance and Accounting
  • Informatics and Management
  • Faculty of Education (FE)
  • Pre-school Education Bachelor
  • Primary Education Bachelor

The founding of the University of Mitrovica was part of a wider Kosovo government initiative to facilitate the access through higher education throughout Kosovo. This initiative included the opening of universities besides the University of Pristina in Prizren, Peja, Mitrovica and Gjilan.[20]

The programs where all accredited by KAA in 2012.[21]

Before the opening of the University of Mitrovica, Mitrovica already hosted the Faculty of Applied Technical Sciences of the University of Pristina (FATS).[22]

FATS cooperated with the German TU Bergakademie Freiberg [23] and the Hochschule Ruhr West.[24]

The Rector of the University of Mitrovica is Mr. Alush Musa.[25] In the academic year 2014/15 the University of Mitrovica had 2700 students enrolled, with who have worked 80 professors and assistants full-time, and 105 part times.

The corner stone for the new building for the existing faculties in Mitrovica was laid at 26.12.2012. The new building for the existing faculty costed 1.600.000 euro. The new public university of Mitrovica – it's campuses – are planned to cost about 14.000.000 Euro.[25]

FAMA College[edit]

Mitrovica hosts some faculties of the private FAMA college. As per decision of the Kosovo Accreditation Agency, the following Mitrovica based FAMA programs are accredited as by 2013:[26]

  • Banking, Finance and Accounting
  • Law
  • Criminalistics
  • Management
  • Psychology
  • Management and Banking, Finance and Accounting

An attempt by FAMA to offer bachelor's degree programs in nursing and Bio medical laboratories failed in 2012, since KAA rejected accrediting these programs.[27]

International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM)[edit]

The International Business College (IBCM) was founded by the Dutch foundation SPARK in 2010. IBCM operates two campusses, one in north Mitrovica and one in south Mitrovica. In October 2012, IBCM had 312 students.[28]

IBCM is financed by the governments of Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the European Union and the United Kingdom. As a result of our strong connections in Europe, IBCM programmes are designed to prepare you for whatever future career you envision for yourself – either locally or internationally.

IBCM offers internationally accredited 3.5 year bachelor's degrees and 2 year Academy Profession (AP) degrees in:

  • Marketing and Management AP level
  • International Sales and Marketing BA level
  • Public Administration AP level
  • Public Service Management BA level
  • Environmental and Agricultural Management AP & BA level

The programs can be completed after 2 years with Academy Profession (AP) degrees or after 3,5 years with bachelor's degrees.[29]

IBCM graduates are awarded doublde degrees by the Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Education and the University College Lillebaelt. The study programs have been accredited by the Evaluationsagentur Baden-Württemberg (EVALAG)[30] and the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA).

The current director of the IBCM is Ms. Charlene Miller.[31]

Since the IBCM opened in 2010 it operated in rented facilities in north and south Mitrovica. The IBCM north campus moved to a permanent location in December 2013.[30] IBCM south campus is currently under construction and will open by May 2016.[32]

Secondary Education[edit]

Commercial High School Hasan Pristina, in Mitrovica

Secondary Schools in South Mitrovica[2]

Nr. Name of school Location Number of teachers Number of Students Student/Teacher Ratio
1 Gymnasium Frang Bardhi Mitrovica 30 1821 60,7
2 Commercial High School Hasan Prishtina Mitrovica 20 1099 54,95
3 Medical High School Dr. Xheladin Deda Mitrovica 8 770 96,25
4 Technical High School Arkitekt Sinani Mitrovica 21 959 45,67

South Mitrovica has 4 secondary schools, the Gymnasium "Frang Bardhi" with 1943 students,[33] the economic high school "Hasan Pristina" with 1.130 students, the High Technical School "Arkitekt Sinani" with about 1000 students,[34] the High Medical School "Dr. Xheladin Deda" with about 800 students.[2] North Mitrovica has 4 secondary schools with a total of 1,740 students.[35]

Primary Education[edit]

There are about 13700 primary school students in South Mitrovica, attending 28 primary schools.[36] Thereby 10 schools are located in the city of Mitrovica and 18 in villages throughout the municipality.[2] In northern Mitrovica/Mitrovicë, there are 11 primary schools with 2,754 pupils and four (4) secondary schools with 1,740 students with 587 employees, including teachers, support staff and school management, one (1) kindergarten with 600 pupils and 58 employees, and other specialized schools.[36]

The majority of the students are enrolled in one of the schools in the city while a majority of the teachers are working in schools outside the central city, in one of the villages. This results in a considerably higher Student-Teacher Ratio (Students per Teacher) in the city than in the country side.[2]

Primary Schools in South Mitrovica[2]

Nr. Name of School Location Number of Teachers Number of Students Student/Teacher Ratio
1 Abdullah Shabani Mitrovica 16 1097 68,56
2 Aziz Sylejmani Mitrovica - 191 -
3 A.Z.Çajupi Mitrovica 17 529 31,12
4 Bajram Curri Gushavc 6 292 48,67
5 Bedri Gjinaj Mitrovice 9 650 72,22
6 Bislim Hajdari Kacanoll 4 46 11,50
7 Bislim Halimi Selac 7 37 5,29
8 Elena Gjika Tuneli i pare 14 503 35,93
9 Fazli Greiçevci Shipol 24 1292 53,83
10 Gj.K. Skënderbeu Vagabrice 23 1494 64,96
11 Habib Jusufi Vllahi 8 76 9,50
12 Hivzi Sylejmani Kciq i madh 13 599 46,08
13 Ismail Qemali Mitrovica 12 890 74,17
14 Jusuf Rexha Koshtova 12 468 39,00
15 Mehë Ukaj Bajgora 06 262 43,67
16 Meto Bajraktari Mitrovica 13 906 69,69
17 Migjeni Mitrovica 23 1792 77,91
18 Minatorët Rahova 5 104 20,80
19 Muharrem Bekteshi Mitrovica 22 792 36,00
20 Një Maji Shubkovc 8 293 36,63
21 Nonda Bulka Mitrovica - 176 -
22 Riza Voca Zabergje 5 16 3,20
23 Sefedin Smakolli Rashan 10 99 9,90
24 Sylejman Vokshi Broboniq 05 193 38,60
25 Tefta Tashko Mitrovica 8 329 41,13
26 Trepça Stanterg 13 336 25,85
27 Xhevat Jusufi Bare 10 205 20,50
28 Shaban Idrizi Zhabar - - -
Total 293 13667 46,65

Libraries[edit]

The former public library 'Latif Berisha' in the centre of the city was one of the cities cultural highlights. However it has been moved now to another location.[37]

Notes[edit]

Calculations within the tables above have been made based on the references and information provided below.

References[edit]

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  22. ^ External Evaluation Report. Faculty of Applied Technical Sciences renamed (FATS) of University of Pristina at Mitrovice, p. 5
  23. ^ KAA Accreditation Report – 2012, p. 10.
  24. ^ KAA: External Evaluation Report. Faculty of Applied Technical Sciences (FATS) of University of Pristina at Mitrovice, p. 4.
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