University of Priština (North Mitrovica)

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University of Priština
Универзитет у Приштини
Univerzitet u Prištini
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Coat of Arms of University of Priština
Established1999; 23 years ago (1999) (de facto)
18 November 1969; 52 years ago (1969-11-18) (officially)
Budget23.31 million (2020, planned; public funding)[1]
RectorZdravko Vitošević
Academic staff
690 (2020–21)[2]
Administrative staff
357 (2020–21)[2]
Students9,314 (2020–21)[2]
44°49′06″N 20°27′27″E / 44.818441°N 20.457422°E / 44.818441; 20.457422Coordinates: 44°49′06″N 20°27′27″E / 44.818441°N 20.457422°E / 44.818441; 20.457422
AffiliationsEUA, Erasmus, DAAD, AUF, DRC
Administration building

The University of Priština (Serbian: Универзитет у Приштини, romanizedUniverzitet u Prištini) is a public university in Kosovo[a] with a temporary seat in North Mitrovica.

It is the post-secondary institution that emerged after the disestablishment of the Serbian-language University of Pristina as a result of the Kosovo War. Despite its official name,[3] it is also referred to as the University of Kosovska Mitrovica after its temporary relocation to North Mitrovica in 2001.[4]


The original university (University of Priština) was established in the city of Priština, SAP Kosovo, Socialist Republic of Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, for the academic year 1969–70[5][6] and functioned until 1999. In 1999, it consisted of 14 faculties with around 18,000 students and over 1,300 faculty and staff members.[7][8] However, owing to political upheaval, war, successive mutual expulsions of faculty of one ethnicity or the other, and resultant pervasive ethnic-based polarization, currently, there are two separate, disjoint institutions, both using the same name, albeit each notated idiosyncratically, to reflect their polarized ethnic identity and divergent physical locations, separate Albanian and Serbian entities.

The University of Priština headquartered in Kosovska Mitrovica is a Serbian entity displaced from the city of Priština in 1999, conducting education in Serbian language, backed by the Government of Serbia[9] (recognized by United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) since 2002 but under the name University of Mitrovica[10][11][12][13]) [7][6][14] having taken up physical residence in North Mitrovica, a city in the northern ethnically Serbian region of Kosovo. The other entity bearing the name of the original university is University of Pristina with headquarters in Pristina, run by Government of Kosovo.

Following the end of the Kosovo War in 1999, the Kosovo Serb University of Priština relocated to Central Serbia (from 1999 to 2001 the seat was in Kruševac) and around 6,000 students transferred to other universities in Serbia. From 1999 to 2001, around 2,000 students graduated from the University of Priština, 50 students was awarded Magister degrees, and 20 earned their doctorates.[15]

In 2001, the university relocated to its present-day location in North Kosovo. After moving back to Kosovo only 6,500 students continued their education at the university.[16] In 2004, the university had 10 faculties with about 8,000 students and enrollment quota of 1,200 students.[17] In August 2007 it had 9,320 students, over 700 faculty and about 200 staff members.[18][19][20] Its enrollment quota was 2,726 students.[21] About 45% were from Kosovo, 30% from Serbia, 25% from Montenegro. There was also a smaller number of students from North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.[22]

The university is a member of the Conference of the Universities of Serbia (KONUS)[23] and European University Association[24][25][26][27][28] and has established cooperations with the Balkan Universities Network and numerous institutions worldwide (France, Russia, Italy, Norway, Oman, Ireland, UK.).[29]

As of 2011 there were 10,264 students, 730 faculty, and 320 staff members.[30] For 2018–19 school year, a total of 1,013 students enrolled on the first year of studies at the university.[31]



The academic year runs from 1 October through 30 September, organized in two semesters, with 30 weeks of teaching per year. There are 10 faculties within the university, of which six are located in North Mitrovica, three in Leposavić and one in Zvečan.

Faculty Location Academic staff Students
Technical Sciences North Mitrovica n/a 1500
Natural Sciences & Mathematics North Mitrovica n/a n/a
Philosophy North Mitrovica n/a 1350
Pedagogy Leposavić n/a n/a
Law North Mitrovica n/a n/a
Sports & Physical Education Leposavić n/a n/a
Economics North Mitrovica n/a n/a
Medicine North Mitrovica n/a 1030
Arts Zvečan n/a n/a
Agriculture Lešak n/a n/a
Total 730 9,314

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  1. ^ a b The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 97 UN member states (with another 15 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 96 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.


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  30. ^ "Lična karta Univerziteta u Prištini". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  31. ^ "Укупан број уписаних студената у I годину основних и интегрисаних студија за школску 2018/2019. годину" (PDF). (in Serbian). Retrieved 1 January 2020.
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