University of Mostar

University of Mostar
Sveučilište u Mostaru
Latin: Universitas Studiorum Mostariensis
Type Public
Established 11 February 1977
Rector Ljerka Ostojić
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 10,712
Location Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Campus Urban
Affiliations European University Association

The University of Mostar (Croatian: Sveučilište u Mostaru; Latin: Universitas Studiorum Mostariensis) is a university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, established in 1977, and it is situated in Mostar. The University is the only Croatian language university in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its original name was University Džemal Bijedić of Mostar, named after Yugoslav prime minister Džemal Bijedić, but was renamed in 1992 during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The university has ten faculties and one Academy of Fine Arts, with 50 different majors, 46 specialisations and 70 study groups. This made the University of Mostar one of the most diverse universities in the country.[1]

It is the fastest growing university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with slightly more than 10,000 students, 17% of whom are from Croatia.[2]


The roots of the University of Mostar date back to 1895 when the Franciscan theological school was established. In 1950 Higher teacher-training school started with its work in Mostar. Then follows establishment of higher technical school in 1959, higher agricultural school in 1960, Departments of the Faculties of Law and Economics.

The University was established in Mostar in 1977 and faculties and higher schools function further on as its part. From 1992 the Croatian language is the official language at the University of Mostar. The University of Mostar is the only Croatian speaking university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with around 1,000 employees. There are ten faculties, academy of fine arts, eight institutes and the student center within the University.

The University of Mostar participates in Rectors' Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina and it is also an associate member of the Croatian Rectors' Conference. The university seal shows the building of the Franciscan monastery.

University of Mostar Rectorate Building in Rondo Square Mostar

During the Croat-Bosniak War, the University was renamed as Sveučilište u Mostaru (using the Croatian term for University), and adopted the Croatian language as official one, while Muslim professors left the University, and established a new one with the old name - the University Džemal Bijedić of Mostar. Since the buildings of the original university were situated in western Mostar, under control of the Croats, the new university used those buildings. The Muslim University Džemal Bijedić used old Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) barracks. The University Džemal Bijedić now maintains a campus in eastern Mostar.

Organisation and administration


The University of Mostar has around 16,000 students, which makes it second largest university in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the University of Sarajevo, located in country's capital.[2] Through years, the University of Mostar saw rapid growth in number of students. In the academic year of 2006-07, it had 6256 students,[3] while in 2014-15 it had 10,712 students.[2]

The number of foreign students, of whom the vast majority are from neighbouring Croatia, is also growing. In the academic year of 2008-09, there were 292 students from Croatia, while in 2012-13 there were 644.[4] In 2014-15, students from Croatia comprised 17% of the total student population.[2]

Number of students
Academic year Number of students
University of Mostar Rectorate Building in Rondo Square Mostar

See also


  1. "Počela nova akademska godina za 16 000 studenata Sveučilišta u Mostaru" (in Croatian). Grad Mostar. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Gudelj, Jurica (4 August 2014). "Nova akademska godina: U Mostaru više od 21.000 studenata". Oslobođenje (in Croatian). Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. "Na Sveučilištu u Mostaru broj studenata se povećava iz godine u godinu!" (in Croatian). Portal Herceg-Bosna. 5 March 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. Barać, Andrea (15 March 2013). "Sveučilište u Mostaru: Za nas Hrvati nisu strani studenti" (in Croatian). Retrieved 16 December 2014.

Coordinates: 43°20′32″N 17°48′09″E / 43.34222°N 17.80250°E / 43.34222; 17.80250

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