Balkan Universities Network

Balkan Universities Network
Balkan Universities Network
  • Rrjeti i Universiteteve të Ballkanit (Albanian)
  • Балканска мрежа университети (Bulgarian)
  • Balkanska Sveučilišta Mreža (Croatian)
  • Δίκτυο Πανεπιστημίων των Βαλκανίων (Greek)
  • Балканска универзитетска мрежа (Macedonian)
  • Rețeaua Universităților din Balcani (Romanian)
  • Балканска универзитетска мрежа (Serbian)
  • Balkan Üniversiteler Ağı (Turkish)
TypeUniversity Association
Legal statushigher education associations
PurposeFacilitation of higher education sector dialogue in the region of Balkans
HeadquartersRotating among the member universities
Region served
Balkans and neighboring areas

The Balkan Universities Network or Balkan Universities Association (BAUNAS) is an association of universities in Southeast Europe. In its present form the body was created after the breakup of the SFR Yugoslavia and the end of the Yugoslav Wars. Association facilitates the regional cooperation in the context of expansion of higher education sector caused by the establishment of new private and public universities (in addition to traditional schools with their existing institutional links).

Association helped in the exchange of experiences in the implementation of the Bologna Process at Balkan universities. The aim of the network is the exchange of know how and experience in research and education, mutual acceptance of certificates, encouragement of professors and students for more mobility between the universities and the use of support programs for student exchange.[1] Besides bilateral meetings, conferences rotating between the member universities take place.

The 2010 conference was organized by the Trakya University in Edirne.[2]Rector Enver Duran Trakya University Edirne (Turkey), President; Dean Hilmi Ibar Trakya University Edirne (Turkey), Vice-President; Rector Faruk Čaklovica University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Member; Rector Dhori Kule University of Tirana (Albania), Member; Rector Ioannis P Gerothanassis, University Ioannina (Greece), Member; Rector Anelia Klissarova, Varna Medical University (Bulgaria), Member.

In addition to the bilateral meetings, conferences of the Balkan universities take place at changing member locations. [3] The 2018 meeting took place in the University of Tetovo.

In 2016, the Rector of Trakya University Erhan Tabakoglu in Edirne has taken over the general secretariat of the association. Since 2018, Enver Duran has been honorary president and Pericles A. Mitkas president of BAUNAS. The new additional goal is to work more closely with the network of Black Sea Universities Network (BSUN).


Country Institution(s)
 Albania University of Tirana
University of Medicine, Tirana
Epoka University
Eqrem Çabej University
Fan S. Noli University
Luigj Gurakuqi University
 Bosnia and Herzegovina University of Sarajevo
University of Mostar
University of Tuzla
University of Zenica
 Bulgaria Agricultural University of Plovdiv
American University in Bulgaria
University of Sofia
Burgas Free University[4]
St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo
State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies
Technical University of Varna
Technical University of Gabrovo
Medical University of Varna
University of Shumen Episkop Konstantin Preslavski
University of Food Technologies[5]
Varna Free University[6]
Medical University Pleven
 Croatia University of Zadar
 Northern Cyprus (de facto) European University of Lefke
 Greece Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
University of Macedonia
University of Ioannina
Democritus University of Thrace
University of Thessaly
 Kosovo[a] Iliria Royal University[7]
University of Prishtina[8]
 North Macedonia FON University
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje
State University of Tetovo
International Balkan University
St. Clement of Ohrid University of Bitola
South East European University
 Moldova Comrat State University
 Montenegro University "Mediterranean"
University of Montenegro
 Romania Ovidius University
University of Bucharest
Andrei Saguna University
 Serbia University of Belgrade
University of Arts in Belgrade
University of Novi Sad

University of Niš
University of Kosovska Mitrovica
University of Kragujevac

 Turkey Trakya University
Dokuz Eylül University
Galatasaray University
University of Istanbul
Namik Kemal University
Fırat University
Süleyman Demirel University
Atatürk University
Bozok University[9]
Kirklareli University[10]
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Guest members

See also

Further reading

  • Enver Duran: Challenges of Higher Education Institutions in the Balkans, III Balkan Universities Network Meeting, Trakya Universität Edirne Mai 2010, ISBN 978-975-374-134-7
  • Manfred G. Raupp: Lörrach Symposium - Lörrach Sempozyumu, Trakya Universität Edirne Mai 2011, ISBN 978-3-942298-02-5

Notes and references


a. ^ The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 101 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 92 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own territory.


  1. ^ Protocole for the Balkan Universities Network
  2. ^ Balkan Spring Education Conference at Edirne May 2010 Archived 2010-04-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The Objectives of the Balkan Universities Association
  4. ^ "Бургаски свободен университет". Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Университет по хранителни технологии УХТ - гр.Пловдив - University of food technologies UFT - Plovdiv, Bulgaria". Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar"". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Kolegji ILIRIA". Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Universiteti i Prishtinës "Hasan Prishtina"". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  9. ^ Tarık TANRIVERDİ. "Bozok Üniversitesi". Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  10. ^ Kırklareli Üniversitesi Bilgi İşlem Daire Başkanlığı. "KLU - T.C. KIRKLARELİ ÜNİVERSİTESİ". Retrieved 14 May 2015.
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