University of Mostar

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University of Mostar
Sveučilište u Mostaru
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Latin: Universitas Studiorum Mostariensis
TypePublic
Established11 February 1977; 42 years ago (1977-02-11)[1]
RectorZoran Tomić
Academic staff
1,002
Administrative staff
156
Students9,417
Location,
CampusUrban
AffiliationsEuropean University Association
Websitewww.sum.ba

The University of Mostar (Croatian: Sveučilište u Mostaru; Latin: Universitas Studiorum Mostariensis) is a public university located in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The university has ten faculties and one Academy of Fine Arts, with 50 different majors, 46 specialisations and 70 study groups. This makes the University of Mostar one of the most diverse universities in the country.[2]

History[edit]

University of Mostar Rectorate Building in Rondo Square Mostar

The roots of the University of Mostar date back to 1895 when the Franciscan theological school was established. In 1950 Higher teacher-training school started with its work in Mostar. Then follows establishment of higher technical school in 1959, higher agricultural school in 1960, Departments of the Faculties of Law and Economics.

The University was established in Mostar in 1977 and faculties and higher schools function further on as its part. From 1992 the Croatian language is the official language at the University of Mostar. The University of Mostar is the only Croatian speaking university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with around 1,000 employees. There are ten faculties, academy of fine arts, eight institutes and the student center within the University.

The University of Mostar participates in Rectors' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is also an associate member of the Croatian Rectors' Conference. The university seal shows the building of the Franciscan monastery.

During the Bosnian War, at the end of 1992, the University was renamed as Sveučilište u Mostaru (the Croatian term for University), and adopted the Croatian language as official one. As the city became divided on ethnic lines, Bosniak professors left the University, and established a new one with the old name - the University Džemal Bijedić of Mostar. Since the buildings of the original university were situated in western Mostar, under control of the Croats, the new university used those buildings. The University Džemal Bijedić used the old Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) barracks in eastern Mostar.[3] The University Džemal Bijedić now maintains a campus in eastern Mostar.

Organisation and administration[edit]

Students[edit]

The University of Mostar has around 16,000 students, which makes it the third largest university in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[4] Through years, the University of Mostar saw rapid growth in number of students. In the academic year of 2006–07, it had 6,256 students,[5] while in 2014–15 it had 10,712 students.[4]

The number of foreign students, of whom the vast majority are from neighbouring Croatia, is also growing. In the academic year of 2008–09, there were 292 students from Croatia, while in 2012–13 there were 644.[6] In 2014–15, students from Croatia comprised 17% of the total student population.[4]

Number of students
Academic year Number of students
1995/96
3,200
2004/05
5,556
2005/06
5,864
2006/07
6,256
2007/08
6,993
2008/09
7,767
2009/10
8,298
2011/12
9,431
2012/13
9,896
2013/14
11,193
2014/15
10,712
2015/16
9,966
2016/17
9,781
2017/18
9,758
2018/19
9,417
University of Mostar Rectorate Building in Rondo Square Mostar

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Povijest Sveučilišta u Mostaru
  2. ^ "Počela nova akademska godina za 16 000 studenata Sveučilišta u Mostaru" (in Croatian). Grad Mostar. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ Owen-Jackson, Gwyneth (2015). Political and Social Influences on the Education of Children: Research from Bosnia and Herzegovina. New York: Routledge. p. 114. ISBN 9781317570141.
  4. ^ a b c Gudelj, Jurica (4 August 2014). "Nova akademska godina: U Mostaru više od 21.000 studenata". Oslobođenje (in Croatian). Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Na Sveučilištu u Mostaru broj studenata se povećava iz godine u godinu!" (in Croatian). Portal Herceg-Bosna. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  6. ^ Barać, Andrea (15 March 2013). "Sveučilište u Mostaru: Za nas Hrvati nisu strani studenti" (in Croatian). Srednja.hr. Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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Coordinates: 43°20′32″N 17°48′09″E / 43.34222°N 17.80250°E / 43.34222; 17.80250