Last Updated: March 21, 2016
FOUNDED IN 2002, RIT Kosovo™ (previously named and also known as ‘The American University in Kosovo’ or A.U.K) is a not-for-profit, higher education institution chartered in Kosovo and offering degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT, founded 1829) in Rochester, NY, USA.
NOT FOR PROFIT: RIT Kosovo™ operates in the Republic of Kosovo as the Non-Governmental Organization (NG0) "A.U.K - The American College of Kosova" (previously named "American University in Kosova Foundation", “American University in Kosova Foundation – Prishtina”, “BPrAL American College in Kosova Foundation – Prishtina”) Registration No. 5200074-2, registered under Law No. 04/L-57, Section 9 On Freedom of Association in Non-Governmental Organizations, first registered May 08, 2002, in Prishtina, Kosovo. RIT Kosovo™ is also supported by the U.S. Organization, “The American University in Kosovo Foundation Inc”, registered in the County of New York, State of New York, as a tax-exempt entity under section 501(c)(3), public charity status 170(b)(1)(A)(vi), Employer Identification Number (EIN) 20- 0105596, of the Internal Revenue Code.
THE CAMPUS occupies 2.1 hectares (5.19 acres) in the Gërmia neighborhood of the capital city, Prishtina, in Europe’s youngest nation, The Republic of Kosovo (2008).
RIT KOSOVO ALUMNI number more than 900, and among more than 114,000 RIT ALUMNI worldwide.
GOVERNANCE/BOARD OF TRUSTEES Institutional governance is apportioned and delegated among the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students of the Institution. The American University in Kosovo Foundation (AUKF) board of Trustees is composed of individuals who guide and support the institution toward its mission and carries out fiduciary duties and other responsibilities. The RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) Academic Senate provides for the exercise of the faculty's role in academic decisions, the protection of legitimate faculty aspirations, the implementation and preservation of academic standards, and the promotion of the academic welfare of students. The Student Government works to improve the quality of students’ life at RIT Kosovo™. and serves as the instrument through which the student body may collectively influence decisions about student activities, roles, curricula, and other interests.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION provides two paid career-related work experiences for every RIT Kosovo™ graduate as requirements of completing the bachelor degree program. The RIT Page 2 of 2 cooperative education model is one of the oldest and largest cooperative education programs in the world.
DEGREES: RIT Kosovo™ offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Arts and Science (4 year degree program) and an associate degree (AAS) in Multimedia and Web Design (2 year degree program). RIT Kosovo™ students enrolled in Kosovo receive their degree from RIT through the RIT School of Individualized Study.
ACCREDITATION: RIT is chartered by the legislature of the state of New York in the United States of America, accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, individual colleges have professional accreditation for specific programs. RIT Kosovo™ degrees are therefore accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, in Kosovo, RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K – The American College of Kosova) is licensed by the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and institutionally accredited by the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA). “The American University in Kosovo, Gërmia Campus, Kosovo”, is listed on the Middle States Commission of Higher Education, Statement of Accreditation Status, under “Instructional Locations” as an “Additional Location” and is “Full Approved” and accredited. The full report can be found here: https://www.msche.org/institutions_view.asp?idinstitution=381 by selecting “Statement of Accreditation Status” in the lower right hand corner. All credit bearing courses and programs at RIT Kosovo™ are provided by RIT.
RIT Kosovo™ does not discriminate. RIT Kosovo™ promotes and values diversity within its workforce and provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, or disability.