South East European University (SEEU), is a university located in Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia, with a branch campus in Skopje. It is the first private-public not for profit university in Macedonia. It was founded in October 2001 and is a member of the Balkan Universities Network and an associate member of the European University Association. SEEU is a recognized and accredited autonomous higher education institution which was established by an agreement between international donors, the government of the Republic of Macedonia and the local academic community. Its principal original aim was to offer for the first time in Macedonia the opportunity for speakers of the Albanian language to participate in accredited higher education in the Albanian language, while being open to all. The President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov awarded “The Order of Merit for Macedonia”to the South East European Universityon Friday 18 November 2011, in a solemn ceremony. On this occasion President Ivanov said that SEEU became a strong promoter of tolerance, respect for multilingual and cultural diversity in teaching and research, developing curricula with an international perspective, and that it contributes significantly to the progress of scientific thought and interethnic understanding. SEEU today concentrates on offering high quality higher education and research opportunities in three languages (Albanian, Macedonian and English) with increasing concentration on subjects taught in English at both first (BA/BSc) and second (MA/MSc/LLM) cycle. Moreover, in the first national ranking of universities in the Republic of Macedonia, in February 2012, SEEU was ranked second out of nineteen higher education institutions according to a ranking system conducted by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Education and Science. This ranking supports SEEU’s objective of pursuing excellence and equality in higher education.
SEEU is the largest private-public not for profit university, with the highest number of students in Macedonia. It has many established links with universities in Europe, the United States and elsewhere.
SEEU is a unitary University with five faculties, featuring undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the socio-economic disciplines, Business and Economics, Public Administration and Political Science, Law, Contemporary Sciences and Technologies, Languages, Cultures, and Communication. All programmes offered by the University are modular and follow the pattern of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), conform to the Bologna Agreement, giving students the flexibility to specialize or take a more broadly-based programme; SEEU diplomas are recognized in a wide international/European perspective. Since its establishment, SEEU offers study programmes in three languages: Albanian, Macedonian and English.