Niš is the third-largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District. Niš has a population of 187,544 inhabitants. It is one of the oldest cities in the Balkans and Europe, and has from ancient times been considered a gateway between the East and the West.
It is also the birthplace of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor and the founder of Constantinople, as well as Constantius III and Justin I. It is home to one of the oldest churches in Serbia, dating back to the 4th century, in the suburb of Mediana. During the partition of the Roman Empire it fell under the control of the Byzantine Empire. In the 6th century Slavic tribes began settling the Balkans; the town was held by the Byzantines until the 9th century when it fell under Bulgar rule. Authority over the city was contested until the Byzantines eventually granted the city to the Serbs in the 12th century. Niš served as Stefan Nemanja's capital. It was conquered by the Ottomans in the 15th century. It was conquered by the Serbian Army in 1878 during the Serbian–Ottoman War.
Niš is one of the most important industrial centers in Serbia, especially in the electronics, mechanical engineering, textile, and tobacco industries. Niš Constantine the Great Airport is its international airport. In 2013 the city was host to the celebration of 1700 years of Constantine's Edict of Milan.
From the University foundation until the academic year 2017/2018, 68408 students have graduated from the University of Niš, 1350 of them being foreign citizens, while 3819 postgraduates acquired their magister degrees and 2128 candidates, including 45 foreigners, defended their doctoral dissertations.
UNIVERSITY OF NIŠ MISSION: integration into the European higher education area in accordance with the highest quality standards of education, research and professional work.
UNIVERSITY OF NIŠ VISION: a modern and recognizable Serbian and European university that is comparable to foreign higher education institutions of the highest rank in terms of quality of study programs, teaching activities, research and professional work.
University of Niš was accredited on January 31st 2009 for the first time, within the third cycle of accreditation of higher education institutions in Serbia, together with the Universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad.
Five years later, another accreditation procedure was carried out, and the University of Niš received the Accreditation Decision on November 14th 2014.
In conformity with the Law on Higher Education and by the decisions of the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Republic of Serbia, all the faculties of the University of Niš have been accredited.
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