The University of Prishtina as well as University of Priština are at present two dislodge public universities of Kosovo. These universities have same history up to a point of divergence, which took place in 1999. University of Pristina was opened as one university in Yugoslavia, in the city of Pristina for academic year 1969/1970 and functioned as University of Priština until 1999.
UNIVERSITY OF PRISHTINA
University of Pristina is a member of Balkan Universities Network and recognized internationally by American and West European universities as well as international organizations are cooperating with it. This university is instructing in Albanian language. It is actually located in Pristina, now the capital city of Kosovo.
UNIVERSITY OF PRIŠTINA
University of Priština is located at Kosovska Mitrovica. This university has Serbian entity displaced from the city of Priština in 1999. University is conducting education in Serbian language, backed by Government of Serbia. It is recognized by United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) since 2002 but under the name of university of Mitrovica. This university has legal continuity with original institution although it has been physically expelled from campus located in Pristina.
STATISTICS AND UNIVERSITY ORGANIZATION
The academic year of the University “both Serbian and Albanian” continue from 1st October through 30 September. Academic year is prearranged in two semesters, with 30 weeks’ significance of teaching per year. Serbian university had 14 faculties with about 18,000 students and over 1,300 faculty and staff members in 1999. In the same year, about 6,000 students transferred to other universities in central Serbia after the Kosovo War was over. In 2001 “while was situated in Kruševac” it had 17,000 students. From 1999 to 2001 about 2,000 students graduated from University of Priština, 50 students were awarded Magister degrees, and 20 earned their doctorates. After moving back to Kosovo only 6,500 students decided to carry on their education at this University.
In 2004 University had 10 faculties with about 8,000 students while enrollment quota was 1,200 students. In August 2007 it had 9,320 students, over 700 faculty and about 200 staff members and its enrollment quota was 2,726 students. About 45% of students were from Kosovo, 30% from central Serbia, 25% from Montenegro. There were also a smaller number of students from Republic of Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently, there are 10.264 students, 730 faculty, and 320 staff members.
In the academic year 2004/2005, Albanian university counted 28,832 undergraduate students, 15,596 (54.1%) men and 13,236 (45.9%) women; 28,567 (99%) students were of Albanian ethnicity, 125 (0.4%) Bosniaks, 114 (0.4%) Turks, and 25 (0.1%) belonged to other ethnic groups. About 3,000 students are receiving bachelor or master degrees every year at University of Prishtina, the majority in social and human sciences. More than 50,000 have graduated from the university since its establishment.