Rector's address on the occasion of University Day



The 19th anniversary of our University gives us reason to be truly proud. We are aware that the world is not standing still, it is moving and everything is in motion. There are many challenges and exciting opportunities ahead of us. Join us.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

19 years ago, the innovative higher education institution Pan-European University "Apeiron" was founded in Banja Luka. An institution with a practical and modern approach to education, which prepares students to face challenges in a constantly changing world. In those years, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republika Srpska were at the beginning of the post-war democratic reality and the transition of the entire social system, including higher education. In this difficult, crucial period of our social community, a group of enthusiasts led by Mr. Darko Uremović (founder and president of the University Board), doc. Dr. Siniša Aleksić (founder and director of the University) and Cornelia Gilch (founder and member of the University Board), with the immeasurable support of the ensemble of prestigious university professors led by Academician Prof. Dr. Rajko Kuzmanović (President of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Republika Srpska) - 2003 , in accordance with the Law on Higher Education - founded and initiated the Faculty of Business Economics, the first member of the future Pan-European University "Apeiron". The statutory goal of the then Faculty of Business Economics was to prepare students for doing business in an emerging market economy and to educate staff capable of taking on the challenges of socio-economic transformation. Soon, in accordance with the growing needs of the market, the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Information Technology were established, and after the registration of the University (2006), the Faculty of Sports Sciences and the Faculty of Health Sciences became part of it.

These members are joined by the Faculty of Philology (2009) and the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering (2013), so that the University currently has 7 faculties where teaching and scientific research activities of graduate, master and doctoral studies in 34 study programs. Our prestigious institution is attended annually by an average of 3,000 students and researchers from all over the country, as well as from the Western Balkans region. Today's "APEIRON GROUP" also includes the Gemit-Apeiron High School Center, the Scientific Research Institute, the Vocational IT Academy, the Career Management Center and the Alumna Employment Agency.

The Pan-European University "Apeiron" was founded as a result of the founders' goals. It is also a consequence of a revolutionary vision focused on helping implement difficult restructuring processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska.

We will celebrate the 19th jubilee of "Apeiron" in the upcoming academic year 2021/2022. This is an important anniversary for our entire academic community and a good reason to be proud of the results of our work over the past year. It is also a time of summing up and planning for the future because, as the famous Goethe (JW Goethe) said, "he who does not move forward goes backwards".

Today, the Pan-European University is a growing and prestigious higher education institution, which responds to modern socio-economic challenges. In the past period, we have launched study programs in the field of software engineering, multimedia and computer graphics, engineering and information systems security. In doctoral studies, students have the opportunity to conduct scientific research at the Faculty of Information Technology, Faculty of Business Economics and Faculty of Philology, while master's programs are conducted at all seven faculties that boast a modern and dynamic modular-individualized curriculum. .

Unfortunately, the previous academic year was also marked by the corona virus pandemic, which significantly affected the resource potential and workload of the University in order to provide conditions for the smooth running of educational and scientific research activities. We have learned to react quickly to changing circumstances. We have always been guided by two main goals - the need to continue the educational process at the highest level and to preserve the health, safety and well-being of the entire academic community and staff. The key to combating the spread of the coronavirus was to actively monitor global educational trends that are constantly changing and the current introduction of distance learning. That was not news to us. These procedures allow us to speed up and improve processes that we already know well. We survived this difficult year together. Moreover, we have not lost the trust with which we look forward to the future. We have successfully overcome this obstacle with the help of all our capacities and efficient crisis management, led by the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ljiljana Bijelić Stojanović. I am proud to admit that we have achieved our goals.

Unfortunately for all of us, our team, as well as the whole society, suffered numerous irreparable human losses due to the consequences of the pandemic, which we remember with deep reverence and sadness, and as a team we express our deepest condolences to their dearest family members. We hope that the current year 2022 will bring an end to the crisis period from which we will emerge even stronger and more committed to the basic postulates of human existence on Earth - humanism, solidarity and social balance to preserve lasting peace, civilization and social order.

We are extremely proud of our result in the field of international cooperation within the ERASMUS + mobility program for teachers and students, because we have realized mobility with higher education institutions in the European Union (Slovenia, Czech Republic). Our Office for International Cooperation has been reinforced with new staff preparing international mobility and capacity building projects under the ERASMUS + program. Important results continued to be achieved in obtaining and implementing national scientific research projects and activities within the funding program implemented by the Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and Information Society of Republika Srpska, where we approved projects for research in sports, health sciences, economics, traffic engineering, and information technology. Scientific journals and scientific gatherings under the auspices of the University have continued the tradition of obtaining funds from programs supported by the competent national Ministry, so we can conclude that in the field of scientific research we have raised the quality of activities, which resulted in increasing the number of projects grantor.

We are proud to have a great alumni community. Thousands of our alumni run their jobs, work as employees of public institutions or are employed in private companies. Our alumni are present alongside our country and the Western Balkans region and around the world, from China, Russia, Western Europe, to the United States and Canada.

The nineteenth anniversary of our University gives us reason to be truly proud. We are aware that the world is not standing still, it is moving and everything is in motion. There are many challenges and exciting opportunities ahead of us. Join us. We still want to closely monitor what is happening around us and to actively react and respond to the needs of business and science. We want to show all people that acquiring a good education is invaluable nowadays.

At the beginning of 2022, the Pan-European University "Apeiron" received an exceptional privilege and honor to take over the chairmanship of the Rectors' Conference of the Republika Srpska (RKRS) for a two-year term from all public and private universities in Republika Srpska. I am proud that this part and obligation belonged to me as the rector of the Pan-European University and I will try to continue the tradition of good cooperation and systemic support for the development of higher education at the level of Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the wider region. I take this opportunity to thank all those who contribute to the development of our University on a daily basis with their hard work, talent or ordinary human kindness. I would like to emphasize the word "ours". This is our joint work, which is supported not only by the founders of the University, rectors and deans, but also professors, other academic staff, administrative staff, retirees, and especially a large number of students and graduates. I am convinced that without the talent, creative work and commitment of a wide group of people, we would not be able to create and develop one of the best private universities in the Republic of Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I would like to thank all these people today. Let us remember with gratitude all those exceptional members of the "APEIRON" community who are no longer among us, and whose work at this university not only contributed to its development, but changed and shaped us who had the honor to learn from them and work with them. Traditionally, on the occasion of the University Day, the three best students will receive scholarships from the Fund "Prof. Dr. Risto Kozomara" in the form of free tuition for one school year.

Congratulations to all students, academics, management, founders, administrative and support staff, retirees and alumni of the proud family "APEIRON" on University Day with the desire to live in peace and good health, dedicated to developing and improving our common home, our Pan-European University Apeiron “.


Pan-European University "Apeiron" Banja Luka

Prof. Dr. Sanel Jakupović