The speech of the President of Kosovo, Ms. Jahjaga Atifete on the occasion of the new academic year in the University of Prishtina

The University of Prishtina since the foundation has been synonym of the new Kosovo, which embraces the values of modern civilization, having an emancipating role for the whole society, changing the concept of life by promoting democratic goals and creating conditions for development and overall progress of Kosovo.

Honored professors of the University of Prishtina,
Dear Students,

The University of Prishtina since the foundation has been synonym of the new Kosovo, which embraces the values of modern civilization, having an emancipating role for the whole society, changing the concept of life by promoting democratic goals and creating conditions for development and overall progress of Kosovo.

At this university knowledge is acquired, cultural, artistic and scientific creativity is cultivated, and cadres who have made the history of Kosovo have been created.

During forty years, the University of Prishtina has faced challenges caused by the unfavorable politics on Kosovo and for the University itself, which have been overcome thanks to the tremendous love that our people had towards education and school.

The University of Prishtina, along with other educational institutions, made an outstanding contribution in the creation of the social environment that cultivated the idea of resistance, freedom and democracy.

From this University all movements for the liberation and independence for Kosovo sovereign and independent state have started and have been perpetuated, by the active participation of students and professors.

The holders and contributors of these processes have been sitting where you are sitting today.

This historic of the University and the role it has played in building Kosovo continues to be a source of inspiration for all generations.

The University of Prishtina continues to be a symbol of youthful enthusiasm and passion for knowledge. It now has other challenges and you, professors and students, have to answer the contemporary demands that our society and our state have.

Our race for knowledge and prosperity already develops into a broader global plan. The global labor market requires creative people, capable of initiative and expertise, people who can contribute to the overall development of Kosovo.

The contemporary technological advancement and the role it has in the development and dissemination of ideas and achievements, brings boundless opportunities to expand your horizons of knowledge.

Now we must work to increase the quality of education and make reforms in education to open the doors to a new and modern school. We have passed the stage of total emancipation and now must switch to the quality learning phase. This implies the acquisition of specialized knowledge and focus in building the infrastructure that will help your intellectual and professional formation.

The future of Kosovo, the direction it will take, and the success of meeting our strategic goals for Euro-Atlantic integration depends on you - the new generation, from your willingness and commitment to form as responsible individuals, with integrity and in service of the country. You will be the mirror and example of a worthy society, which will reach to take its place as equal with other societies.

Democracy and freedom, for which we sacrificed so much, are built and reinforced with the advancement of knowledge. To make Kosovo a respected state, a place where law and order rules, a country with stable and trusted institutions, a country of equal opportunities for all citizens, it is necessary to cultivate knowledge and critical thinking for the society and its phenomena.

You, who will be carriers of these processes, must feel proud of yourself and your country, to spread the knowledge in your district, to love school, to love emancipation, to be idealists and to aim the better future for the country we are building.

I congratulate you on the commencement of the new academic year.
Thank you!