Universiteti i Prishtinës (Albanian: Universiteti i Prishtinës; Latin: Universitas Studiorum Prishtiniensis) is public higher education institution located in Pristina, Kosovo[a]. One of the successors of the historical University of Pristina it comprises 14 faculties located in Pristina and three branches in other cities of Kosovo.
Universiteti i Prishtinës was opened in Socialist Republic of Serbia, Yugoslavia, in the city of Pristina, for the academic year 1969–1970 and functioned as the University of Priština until 1999. However, owing to political upheaval, war, successive mutual expulsions of faculty of one ethnicity or the other, and resultant pervasive ethnic-based polarisation, 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:
Universiteti i Prishtinës had been described as being “at the very core of political conflict and the self-esteem of Albanian Kosovars “. Universiteti i Prishtinës was for many years accused by Serbian politicians and the Serbian media of promoting ethnic Albanian separatism in Kosovo, and following the rise to power of Slobodan Milošević Universiteti i Prishtinës was purged of those deemed to be separatists. It was at this time that the university faculty split into Serbian and Albanian halves, with the Serbian staff controlling the campus and the sacked Albanian staff gone “underground” for much of the 1990s, providing education informally and in secret for Kosovo Albanian students.
Following establishing NATO control over the territory of Kosovo, the Albanian faculty gained control of the campus after the end of the Kosovo War in 1999, while the Serbian faculty relocated first to central Serbia (from 1999 to 2001 the seat was in Kruševac) and two years later to the northern Kosovo (the seat is currently in Northern Kosovska Mitrovica).
Universiteti i Prishtinës
Mother Theresa Street
10000 Republic of Kosovo
Phone: +381 (38) 244 183
Fax: +381 (38) 244 187
Universiteti i Prishtinës Official Website: http://www.kg.ac.rs/