University of Montenegro
Univerzitet Crne Gore
|Established||29 April 1974|
|Rector||Prof. dr Danilo Nikolić|
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The University of Montenegro (Montenegrin: Univerzitet Crne Gore, Универзитет Црнe Горe) is a national public research university of Montenegro, located in the country's capital Podgorica. It was founded in 1974 and it is currently organized in 19 faculties.
The University of Montenegro was founded on 29 April 1974. In that year the following organisations signed the Agreement on Association into the University of Titograd:
- three faculties: Faculty of Economics, of Engineering and the Faculty of Law from Titograd,
- two colleges: Teaching College from Nikšić and Maritime Studies College from Kotor,
- three independent scientific institutes: for History, for Agriculture and for Biological and Medical Research from Titograd.
A year after it was founded, the institution changed its name to Veljko Vlahović University in honour of the communist activist and World War II participant from Montenegro who died that year. 1970's was a decade of exponential rise in number of higher education institutions in the former Yugoslavia when alongside Titograd universities in Osijek, Rijeka, Split, Banja Luka, Mostar, Maribor, Bitola, Kragujevac and Tuzla all opened their doors. In 1992, the university was given its current name - University of Montenegro.
The seat of the university is in Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro, with a population of around 190,000. Most faculties of the University of Montenegro are located in Podgorica, while some faculties have been opened in Nikšić, Cetinje and Kotor.
The university comprises faculties, institutes and colleges, as well as logistic centers. The Managing Board governs the university and the Rector manages it. The supreme academic body is the University Senate. Deans are heads of faculties and directors are heads of institutes. At faculties i.e. at institutes, the highest academic bodies are councils for teaching-scientific issues, i.e. for teaching-artistic issues. The highest student body is the Student Parliament. Representatives of students are elected in all bodies of the university and of the faculties.
The university comprises following 19 faculties in 4 cities:
Within the faculties, there are departments and study groups.
The University includes three scientific research institutes:
- Institute for History
- Institute of Marine Biology
- Institute- Center of Excellence in Research and Innovation
Teaching and learning
In 2017, the University of Montenegro reformed the system of studies and adopted the new system of 3+2+3 instead of the previous 3+1+1+3 system. With the accreditation from 2017, 160 study programmes are accredited on all study levels, of which 114 are at bachelor and postgraduate studies, 14 within the applied studies, and 25 doctoral study programmes. Also, eight interdisciplinary study programmes are accredited, of which one is at the doctoral level, while seven exist at the level of postgraduate master studies.
All the bachelor study programmes are accredited as three-year study programmes, while having, at the most, two modules in their VI semester. They are organized as either academic or applied studies. Their scope is 180 ECTS. Exempted from this rule are the regulated professions, which have implemented the EU directives about the duration of their bachelor studies, so that bachelor studies in medicine and dentistry last 6 years, while pharmacology and architecture last five years.
The postgraduate study programmes are organized after the completion of the bachelor studies and all are accredited as two-year programmes. The scope of the postgraduate studies is 120 ECTS.
Doctoral studies are organized after postgraduate studies, and all are accredited as three-year study programmes. The scope of doctoral studies is 180 ECTS.
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