On March 27, 2019, a large number of officials gathered in order to celebrate ten years of successful work and development of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Banja Luka.
Prof. Dr. Radoslav Gajanin, Rector of the University of Banja Luka, emphasizes on the significance of the Faculty when it comes to its contribution to the University in all activities.
“The Faculty successfully cooperates with other organizational units of the University, as well as with the institutions of the Republic of Srpska, the City of Banja Luka, political organizations, the non-governmental sector in the Republic of Srpska and the region”, said the Rector at the Formal Academy held at the amphitheater of the Faculty of Political Science.
“Students' interest in most of the study programs conducted at this faculty is satisfactory. We expect a greater promotion of the Faculties and the study programs that had lower admission rates in the previous period than the ones expected”, the Rector said, stating that the Faculty of Political Science has improved in staff in the previous period.
“In this school year, lectures in the first cycle of studies are held by lecturers who are full-time employees of the University. I believe that a larger number of professors and associates should be included in the teaching process, depending on the study program”, said the Rector at the ceremony held at the Faculty of Political Sciences.
“It is necessary to raise the level of practical teaching in all study programs. Visiting professors carry out a significant part of lecturing for the second and third cycle of studies, which gives special quality to our future masters and doctors of science”, said Rector Gajanin and pointed out that the Rector's team was always available for the management team of the Faculty, and will continue to be so.
Rector Gajanin also mentioned numerous challenges and obligations that are expected in the upcoming period.
Prof. Dr. Zdravko Zlokapa, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, said that this higher education institution and its lecturers have already left a mark in the public and political life of the Republic of Srpska, and that current negative demographic trends do not affect students' interest in the study programs offered at this Faculty.
Nedeljko Čubrilović, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska, pointed out that the decade of work at the Faculty of Political Science is yet another indicator that the Republic of Srpska is progressing in its political and scientific thought.
He also said that graduates and students of this higher education institution have already become recognized in the scientific field of the European countries and many others.
During the ceremony, certificates of appreciation were given to those who helped this faculty to develop in the scientific, academic and technical area.
Among the ones who received the aforementioned certificates are as follows: Milorad Dodik, a Serbian member and chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Srđan Perišić, Advisor to the Chairman Dodik, received the certificate in his name), Nedeljko Čubrilović, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska, Professors Dr. Nenad Kecmanović and Darko Tanacković, Confucius Institute of the University of Banja Luka and many others.
The academy was also attended by Prof. Dr. Luka Kecman, Vice-Dean of Material and Human Resources, Prof. Dr. Goran Latinović, Vice-Rector for Scientific Research and Development, and Prof. Dr. Strain Posavljak, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Student Affairs. Among the guests were also Natalija Trivić, Minister for Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska, Zlatan Klokić, Minister for European Integration and International Cooperation of the Republic of Srpska, Radmila Pejić, Assistant Minister for Higher Education, and other officials from public, scientific, social, cultural and political life.
The Faculty of Political Sciences commenced work in 2009 with the following study programs: Journalism, Political Science, Social Work and Sociology (taken from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Banja Luka).