This year, the A.U.K. is pleased to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The A.U.K. first opened its doors in 2003 in temporary facilities on Sunny Hill (Bregu i Diellit) in Prishtina. The issue of a more permanent home was resolved in 2004 when A.U.K. moved to the former Shkolla Normale campus at Germia, generously leased by the Municipality of Prishtina. Later, Mr. Behgjet Pacolli, President of the Mabetex construction group, generously financed the conversion and rebuilding of what are now A.U.K.’s two main buildings, allowing A.U.K. to move to the brand new campus at Germia in 2005.
The first generation of A.U.K. undergraduates, a class of 57 students, enrolled in 2003 and graduated in 2007. In the 2008-2009 academic year, undergraduate enrollment stood at 464, increasing every year thereafter. This year A.U.K. is delighted to congratulate another generation for their four years of hard work, it is also very pleased to welcome many freshmen students who are expressing interest in joining and becoming part of this great community, which includes students from many different countries and every ethnic community in Kosovo.
Today A.U.K. has many reasons to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Its graduates are its biggest barometer of success: Their four year journey at A.U.K. provided them with the knowledge and background to spread their wings and pursue their path to success. They are working throughout Kosovo, Europe and the United States; many are studying in the best graduate schools in the Old and New Worlds. Their achievements serve as an inspiration for A.U.K. to continue its efforts to reach its goal - to be one of the leading institutions of higher education in Southeastern Europe, offering students a standard of education that allows A.U.K. graduates to compete with those of leading universities anywhere in the world.