University of Prishtina

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Universiteti i Prishtinës Hasan Prishtina
founding February 15, 1970
Sponsorship state
place Pristina
country KosovoKosovo Kosovo
Rector Marjan Dema
Students 42.006 (2009/2010)
Employee 1200
including professors 900
Networks BAUNAS
Faculty of Philology at the University of Pristina, Kosovo (October 2012)

The University of Prishtina Hasan Prishtina ( Albanian  Universiteti i Prishtinës Hasan Prishtina ; Latin Universitas Studiorum Prishtiniensis ) is a university in the Kosovar capital Pristina . The university named after Hasan Prishtina was founded in 1970 and is the largest educational and research institution in the country. The university has been a member of the network of Balkan universities since 2010 .


The university, founded on February 15, 1970, was until 1989 the only university of the Albanian majority in the autonomous province of Kosovo. It was taught in both Albanian and Serbian in accordance with the University Act of 1969 . For a long time it was the only Albanian-speaking university in what was then Yugoslavia , which is why there were also students from Macedonia , Serbia and Montenegro .

The introduction of the compulsory Serbian curriculum in 1991 with the establishment of Serbian as the sole language of instruction at schools and universities in Kosovo led to disputes that were presented in different ways.

According to Albanian accounts, the Albanian professors and students were all evicted from the faculty buildings by the police in the 1991/92 school year, and Serbian teachers and students moved into the buildings. According to Serbian statements, the Albanian faculty and students left the university voluntarily as part of the boycott of the mandatory Serbian curriculum.

The Kosovar Albanians relocated their teaching to private houses and apartments, where lessons and exams were continued in Albanian.

On September 1, 1996 (entered into force on March 23, 1998), at the suggestion of Ibrahim Rugova and under international mediation, Agreement 3 + 3 was concluded in Belgrade , which was supposed to enable the return of Albanian faculty and students to the university. Under the 3 + 3 agreement , the Albanians "received" 60%, the Serbs 35% and the Turkish minority 5% of the university.

During the war in Kosovo , a Serbian professor and two employees were killed in the building of the Faculty of Economics in 1999. In the same year, 1999, the Serbian faculty left the faculty building of the University of Pristina and moved into available buildings in the north of Mitrovica . This Serbian university is still called the University of Pristina - Kosovska Mitrovica .

In return, the Albanian faculty returned to the faculty building of the University of Pristina and continues to use the original university name.

In February 2014 there was student unrest which led to the resignation of Rector Ibrahim Gashi. The Board of Directors elected Naser Sahiti as the new Rector to succeed him. Marjan Dema has headed the university since his election in 2016; he has been a member of the university's administrative board since 2008. The university was in 2019 host the international workshop of Rotary International on issues of malaria and the importance of mosquitoes in the transmission of diseases.


The university has 13 faculties at several locations. Among them are next to the Philological Faculty of Philosophy Faculty, the Medical Faculty of Economics Faculty of Law Faculty, the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Agricultural Faculty in Pristina and the Pedagogical Faculty in Prizren , a School of Woodworking and Materials Science in Gjilan and a Faculty of Geology and Mining in South Mitrovica .

University professor

  • Ag Apolloni (* 1982), professor of literary studies
  • Hysen Bytyqi (* 1968), Vice-Rector for Teaching and Student Affairs and Professor of Animal Science in the Faculty of Agriculture
  • Arbnor Pajaziti (* 1961), professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mujë Rugova (* 1945), Kosovar chemistry professor and Rector of the University of Prishtina from 2009 to 2012.

Honorary doctors

Well-known graduates and sponsors

  • Adem Demaçi (1936–2018), writer and politician
  • Rexhep Qosja (* 1936), writer, literary and cultural scientist
  • Ali Podrimja (1942–2012), writer
  • Ibrahim Rugova (1944–2006), politician and former President of Kosovo
  • Mujë Rugova (* 1945), Kosovar chemist and Rector of the University of Prishtina 2009–2012
  • Hilmi Ibar (* 1947), professor of chemistry at Trakya Üniversitesi in Edirne and vice president in the network of Balkan universities
  • Arif Demolli (1949–2017), writer and journalist
  • Fatmir Sejdiu (* 1951), politician and former President of Kosovo
  • Bajram Kosumi (* 1960), politician
  • Zahir Pajaziti (1962–1997), co-founder of the UÇK
  • Ramush Haradinaj (* 1968), UÇK politician and former Prime Minister of Kosovo
  • Albin Kurti (* 1975), Kosovar politician (LVV) and Prime Minister of Kosovo
  • Jeton Kelmendi (* 1978), writer and journalist

Web links

Commons : University of Pristina  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

See also

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rector. University of Prishtina, accessed June 5, 2020 .
  2. History of the University. In: Center for Academic Development - Prishtina University. Retrieved February 8, 2014 (Albanian).
  3. Members. In: Balkan Universities Association, 2019, accessed September 8, 2019 .
  4. Jedinstvo , July 5, 2004, p. 5.
  5. ^ Official website of the University of Pristina - Kosovska Mitrovica. Retrieved February 8, 2014 .
  6. Dorëhiqet Ibrahim Gashi (Ibrahim Gashi resigns). In: Radio Evropa e Lirë. February 8, 2014, accessed February 8, 2014 (Albanian).
  7. a b c Doctor Honoris Causa të Universitetit të Prishtinës. Retrieved October 19, 2018 (Albanian).
  8. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Tempulli i dijes: monografi: 1970-2012. University of Prishtina, ISBN 978-9951-00-145-8 .