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Balkan Universities Network

The Balkan Universities Network or Balkan Universities Association (BAUNAS) in its present form was created after the end of the SFR Yugoslavia, the founding of new universities, and the implementation of the Bologna Process in 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.

Balkan Universities Association
Balkan Universities Association Logo.png
Logo used by the Trakya University Presidency
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 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
Eqerem Çabej University
University of Korça
Luigj Gurakuqi University
Vitrina 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 Pristina[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 Priština
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 membersEdit

Further readingEdit

  • 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 referencesEdit


a. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the 2013 Brussels Agreement. Kosovo is currently recognized as an independent state by 99 out of the 193 United Nations member states. In total, 112 UN member states recognized Kosovo at some point, of which 13 later withdrew their recognition.