About the University
The University of Banja Luka is the leading higher education institution in the Republic of Srpska which provides a high quality education and efficient studying conditions for an optimal number of students and offers research applications and services for both economy and other institutions. The university is devoted to long-lasting, organized activities in order to improve the quality of its functions, which proves to be the only manner of keeping the leading educational role in the country and gain international recognition, which is our primary mission and vision. We are interested in the progress of the local community and the society in general so we willingly offer our intellectual potentials to companies and institutions.
The University of Banja Luka was founded on November 7, 1975. At the moment of establishment, it comprised five faculties (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Economics) and three colleges. The Faculty of Medicine was formed in 1978, which was followed by the foundation of other faculties (Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Forestry in 1992; Faculty of Philosophy in 1994; Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1995; Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in 1996; Academy of Arts in 1999; Faculty of Physical Education and Sport in 2001; Faculty of Philology, Faculty of Political Sciences, and Faculty of Mine Engineering in 2009). Finally, the College for Internal Affairs has been a joint member of the University since 2012.
Nowadays, the University of Banja Luka consists of 15 faculties and the Academy of Arts with the total of 57 first-cycle study programmes. The teaching process is run by 811 full-time professors and teaching assistants. Furthermore, there are 170 part-time professors, 168 guest lecturers from abroad, and 121 associates in charge of clinical practice. The administration service covers 82 professional associates and lab administrators, and 476 office workers. Currently, there are around 20, 000 students from both the Republic of Srpska and abroad. So far, 30,571 bachelor degrees, 3047 MSc and MA degrees, 700 specialization degree, 1,104 MPhil degrees, and 587 doctoral degrees have been awarded.
The majority of our faculties are located at two campuses in the vicinity of the Vrbas River bank and the city centre. The campuses include student residences, restaurants, sport courts, student clubs, and the University IT center. The University of Banja Luka disposes of sufficient classrooms of different sizes (amphitheaters, medium and small classrooms, libraries and reading rooms), laboratories, and computer halls. The total classroom surface is around 16,000 m2, and laboratories cover around 10,000 m2. Most classrooms are equipped with video projectors and computers that display digital teaching materials and a plan is to purchase the interactive electronic boards. There are more than 20 computer halls with 24/7 internet access. Libraries dispose of around 190,000 books and there are subscriptions to many scientific magazines.
Starting with January 2008, the University was integrated and faculties became its organizational units.
The Steering Board, Senate, and Rector manage the University activities. There are also vice-rectors in charge of research and scientific work, international relations, teaching and student issues, and human resources and other issues. The Steering Board is the managerial body of the University. It consists of nine members: four representatives of academic staff, one representative of non-academic staff, one representative of students and three members appointed by the RS Government. The niversity Senate is the highest academic body, which discusses all academic issues and has twenty-nine embers, i.e. academic staff representatives from each organizational unit (18) six representatives of students, Rector and four Vice-Rectors.
In pursuit of European higher education standards, the University of Banja Luka keeps track of modern world advances and adopts improved ideas and solutions. The Bologna process started in the school years of 2006/2007 and the three-level studying system was adopted, i.e. the first, second, and thirds cycles. The ECTS evaluation system was introduced, the annual student workload being up to 60 ECTS.
We collaborate with European universities and adopt novel approaches (student-oriented teaching process, flexible student courses, international student/professor mobility, cohesion of the teaching process, research, innovations, and lifetime learning) as the basic principles of the reforms.
In order to facilitate studies and increase the successful exam rate, the curriculum contains one-semester subjects. Testing of students is continuously conducted, in form of colloquiums, tests, semester papers and homework, project tasks, etc. Activities of students are monitored and valuated during the teaching process and accordingly the interactivity of teaching is encouraged. The curricula cover elective subjects which provide students with an opportunity to modify their studies in compliance with their own needs and affinities. In addition, flexibility enables students to attend some senior year classes.
Quality insurance is one of University’s top activities. Tens of Tempus projects managed in col-laboration with the distinguished European and BiH universities have helped us improve the quality system, strategic planning, quality-based management, and apply new concepts of curriculum development based on knowledge, skills, and competencies crucial for the society and labour market. The Republic of Srpska Ministry of Education and Culture has licensed all our study programmes. In 2013, the University was awarded the institutional accreditation and our next goal is to provide accreditation from a foreign authorized body.
University of Banja Luka and some of its organizational units have reached around 200 contracts on cooperation with higher education and scientific institutions in the Republic of Srpska, Federation of BiH, Bulgaria, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Thailand, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Montenegro, USA, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia, Turkey, Romania, Spain, etc. here is still an ongoing cooperation within TEMPUS, FP 6, and FP 7 projects. European Commission, Council of Europe, United Nations, UNESCO-CEPES, World Bank, and governments of several countries have financed the international projects. There is also an intensive cooperation with foreign embassies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and many international NGOs and government organizations (information exchange, scholarships, student and academic staff exchange programmes, summer schools, work perspectives and volunteering, and professional practice abroad).
Apart from the international cooperation and projects, the University of Banja Luka has been working on many projects financed by local institutions. The institute of Genetic Resources is al-ready a part of the University and there are also 19 scientific research institutes registered at our organizational units.
According to the scientific magazine rankings issued by the RS Ministry of Science and Technology, there are currently 11 scientific and professional magazines regularly published by the University of Banja Luka.
Here at the University of Banja Luka, we are determined to gradually reach European standards in higher education quality, which are crucial for the inclusion into the joint European educational system and a guarantee for the survival at the top. Thus, our institution is heading towards a quality system supported by the adequate infrastructure and resources. In days to come, we shall focus on the international recognition of our quality via an external accreditation and evaluation of our activities.
Our strategic goal is to make the University of Banja Luka student-appealing. In order to gain students’ trust, our University keeps monitoring and improving its work quality. Furthermore, we connect with both local and foreign partners, give public appearances, provide information on all the relevant events and activities, and start or participate in public debates. We already have a proactive collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Srpska and its ministries because the creation of a modern university that might accelerate the prosperity of the society and meet its social goals is our common objective.
Bearing in mind that knowledge is the most relevant resource of a modern society, it is our mission to eagerly collect and unselfishly develop and share new knowledge resulting in a high RS intellectual potential necessary for the country’s economic and spiritual progress.