The University of Novi Sad



The University of Novi Sad was being created in a special milieu built by generations of foremost intellectuals, as well as institutions of particular national significance, in the towns of Vojvodina. Their duration is measured in centuries. The foundations of higher education in today’s Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, and Serbia as a whole, were laid around 1740, with the establishment of the seminary named Collegium VissarionoPawlovicsianum Petrovaradinense in Novi Sad. Among the most prominent forerunners of the University of Novi Sad were Norma – school for the education of Serbian teachers, founded in Sombor in 1778, and Preparandija, a teachers' college founded in 1812 in Szentendre, whose seat was moved to Sombor in 1816. The most significant role in the development of scientific thought from the 19th century onwards is held by Matica Srpska, the oldest cultural and scientific institution of the Serbian people, founded in 1826 in Pest, whose seat was relocated to Novi Sad in 1864. The development of legal sciences and education on the territory of today’s Vojvodina was especially influenced by the Faculty of Law in Subotica, established in 1920.

The great synthesis of aspirations, visions, ideas and achievements in the field of science and education took place in 1960, when the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Law on establishment of the University of Novi Sad, which brought together previously founded faculties into a unique academic community of Novi Sad.

The University of Novi Sad connects people, space and time. Nowadays, it is one of the largest educational and research centers in Central Europe, with more than 50,000 students and 5,000 staff at 14 Faculties and two Institutes, in four historic university cities, Novi Sad, Sombor, Subotica and Zrenjanin. It belongs to the group of comprehensive universities, which are characterized by providing nearly all fields of science and higher education.

The University of Novi Sad offers around 400 accredited study programs at the level of Bachelor, Master, Specialist and Doctoral studies, carried out at its Faculties and within its Centers for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies. The study programs are modern and up-to-date with the latest developments in science and research. Along with the Faculties and Centers, two Scientific Institutes have a significant role in creating a solid scientific base for the process of continuous modernization of the educational offer.

The University of Novi Sad has a well-developed research infrastructure and great potential for innovation. The Central Library and the Faculty and Institute libraries offer a rich array of publications that cover all relevant scientific areas and enable access to large electronic databases. Resulting from a special agreement on cooperation, researchers, professors and students have access to the Matica Srpska Library, the oldest Serbian scientific and cultural institution, founded in 1826, which offers more than three million publications. The University encompasses around 250 laboratories. Of special significance to the strengthening of innovativeness is the Technology Park of the University of Novi Sad. With the support of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, around 140 start-up and spin-off companies have been founded, mainly in the IT sector, employing young engineers who graduated from the University of Novi Sad. Some of these companies implement projects for large international corporations and have contributed to Novi Sad becoming recognized internationally as a “Software Valley”. Project teams and prominent researchers from the University of Novi Sad have been the recipients of numerous international and national awards for best technical innovations.

There are several accredited centers of excellence at the University of Novi Sad. The BioSense Institute, formed within the Faculty of Technical Sciences, was proclaimed by the European Union as one of the thirty research institutions in Europe with the greatest potential in the field of biotechnologies. Its project ANTARES was best ranked in Europe in 2016 within the program Horizon 2020.

Students of the University of Novi Sad achieve impressive results in a number of fields. The teams of the Faculty of Law have been among the best in Europe for decades. In 2009, they won the first place in the moot court competition, which was organized by the University of Leiden (The Nederland) at the International Court of Justice in the Hague. They have accomplished similar success, on a global scale, in 2016. The students from the Faculty of Technical Sciences, which continue the tradition of the famous Yugoslav school of robotics, have also been among the best in Europe. They won the 2nd and 3rd places in Paris in 2016 at the contest organized by EUROBOT. The students of the Academy of Arts and the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education acquire numerous awards at national and international competitions.

The Academic Culture and Art Society of the University of Novi Sad “Sonja Marinković“ is known for its successful performances at festivals in the country and abroad. Its Accordion Orchestra won the 1st prize at the World Music Competition in Innsbruck (Austria) in 2013 and is considered to be one of the best in Europe.

The seat of the University is in Novi Sad, in the central campus situated on the bank of the river Danube, in the vicinity of the famous Petrovaradin Fortress, built in the 18th century, and the old city center. The following units are also situated at the same location: Faculty of PhilosophyFaculty of AgricultureFaculty of SciencesFaculty of LawFaculty of Technical SciencesFaculty of TechnologyFaculty of Sport and Physical EducationScientific Institute of Food Technology, and the Department of the Faculty of Economics, whose headquarters is in Subotica. The Faculty of MedicineAcademy of Arts and the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment are located in other parts of the city for practical purposes. The Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Teachers’ Training Faculty in the Hungarian Language are situated in Subotica. Sombor is the seat of the Faculty of Education, and Zrenjanin is the seat of the Technical Faculty “Mihajlo Pupin”. All these institutions are accredited.

Since 2016, the University of Novi Sad has been the headquarters of the Alliance of State Universities of the Republic of Serbia, which comprises all universities founded by the State, as well as the seat of the Doctoral School of Mathematics, which connects, on the national level, leading mathematicians from several universities in the Republic of Serbia.

An important role in the creation of future of the University of Novi Sad is held by the Center for Strategic and Advanced Studies, established in 2016.

Students of the University of Novi Sad have at their disposal specialized services that provide healthcare, accommodation and food. Medical services are provided by the Institute for Student Healthcare, which comprises units for specialist medical care, counseling and laboratory diagnostics. Accommodation and food is provided by the Student Center. The level of services that are provided is in accordance with the standards adopted in developed European countries.

The University of Novi Sad builds its future hand in hand with other institutions that belong to the common European Higher Education and Research Area, but also collaborates actively with institutions from around the world. The cooperation is based on numerous bilateral and multilateral agreements.


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University of Novi Sad, Central campus on the Danube river bank, Rectorate building