Fama College statut
At the meeting held on 14.10.2007, the Senate of FAMA College has approved this statute of College FAMA
College FAMA is a non-public, higher education institution, founded on 12 May 2003, according to the Higher Education Law of Republic of Kosovo and the Decision issued by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosovo.
College FAMA is a legal entity registered at the Ministry of Trade and Industry with a business no. 70041962.
The address of the College is: St. Gustav Mayer, no. 7, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo.
The name of the College FAMA in Albanian language is “Kollege FAMA”, in English language “College FAMA”.
The short version of the name of the College FAMA will be “FAMA”.
College FAMA offers academic education at graduate and postgraduate level, scientific research and artistic creativity.
College FAMA has these symbols:
- Dry stamp
- Circlet of the rector
The form of the emblem is determined by the President with a specific decision.
The stamp and the dry stamp have a circular form and the insignia of College FAMA is in the middle.
College FAMA flag has a flat rectangular shape.
College FAMA has its anniversary. The anniversary day is 12 May (the day when the first meeting was held on funding the College FAMA in 2003)
The mission of College FAMA
College FAMA is a non public institution of higher learning, providing education at graduate and postgraduate level, scientific research, professional counseling and other academic activities.
The College FAMA goal is:
- To engage for further advancement and development of Kosovo education, science, culture and economy
- To utilize graduate and post graduate programs to educate and prepare professionally specialists in all fields; art, science and culture, relaying in academic structures available.
- To adjust to higher European standards of superior education and act on full integration in to the European zone of higher education and scientific research (according to Bologna Declaration).
- To cooperate with all universities and take part in all higher educational activities held in national, regional and international level.
- To contribute in promoting the citizens’ democracy.
The College personnel and the students are free to organize and gather, according to the law.
The College offers equal possibilities for educational and professional advancement, to all students regardless of ethnicity, language, race, political orientation, religion, gender, social situation and personal status.
ACADEMIC ENTITLEMENT AND INSTITUTIONAL AUTONOMY
The College is entitled to academic freedom, entitled to scientific research and also has organizational and financial autonomy.
The academic freedom implies respecting the variety of opinions, ideas and scientific research methods, in agreement with the educational and research plans and programs approved. This autonomy is applied in harmony with educational plans and programs approved by all academic structures of the College.
Within the organizational and financial autonomy, the College has a right to:
- Establish relationship and cooperation with the different local and international universities, in exchanging experience; cooperate in educational and scientific process and further quality development for the academic staff;
- Become a member of local and international institutions for higher education;
- Determine the educational and scientific research area;
- Approve the educational programs that are in accordance with national, regional and international requirements and also support the development strategies for the higher education in Kosovo;
- Manage with the funds obtained by the University and deriving by its educational, scientific-research and economy programs;
- Administer the buildings and land banks according to the plans;
- Use the financial means gained from counseling and other research services;
- Organize the admission of students, evaluation of the results and enrollment of students for professional (professional courses), graduate and post graduate studies;
- Select the academic and non academic staff members;
- Select the management entity and authorities for the university and faculties.
- Propose the modifications of academic structures and organizational units at the university.
The College is a legal entity with rights and obligations set by the law and other legal documents.
All the surroundings (land and the buildings) administered by the College, and all the objects that will be obtained in future, are protected by law. This inviolability prohibits the illegal interference of any physical or legal person in the College surroundings without the permission issued by the President, Rector or other persons authorized by them.
However, in case of natural disasters or if a crime is committed, an intervention from the police can be done without the permission from the Rector or the President.
For any violation of inviolability, the College has a right to denounce and request for sanctions against the violators according to the legal provisions.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE COLLEGE FAMA
The College FAMA consists of:
- Academic structures;
- Organizational units
The academic structures and the organizational units have no legal status.
The academic structure of the FAMA University consists:
- Economic Program
- Law Program
- Political sciences Program
- Psychology Program
- Mass communications Program
- European studies Program
- Computer science Program and
- Institute for studies on corruption, organized crime and terrorism
All the Program have their own academic units also in other cities as in:
All these academic structures have the same treatment and status. In the future, if necessary and practical for national, regional and international gain, other academic units will be founded, based on the decision issued by the Senate.
The Program and institutes have their own name and stamp. The College FAMA name and emblem is included into their name and emblem.
The Program of political sciences includes these sections:
- Public administration
The Program of Economics includes these sections:
- Bank, Finance and accounting,
The faculty of Law includes these sections:
- General law
- Criminal law
The Program of Psychology is a unique structure.
The Program of mass communications is a unique structure.
The Program of European studies is a unique structure.
The Program of Computer sciences includes these sections:
- Computer engineering
- Applied informatics
Institute for studies on corruption, organized crime and terrorism is a unique academic structure that handles particular scientific studies and research.
THE FACULTY BODIES
Each faculty is managed by the dean. The dean is selected by the senate as proposed by the President for a period of three years with a right to be re-selected for another mandate; candidates are the regular lecturers that lecture at the specific faculty. The dean should have the ability and experience in managing.
The dean’s responsibilities are:
- To insure academic management in particular areas for educational, research and artistic development;
- To undertake all the measures in implementing the decisions and tasks decided by the Scientific-Educational council;
- To provide sufficient information for the results of teaching, research and artistic activities to rector, the President and senate;
- To represent the faculty inside and outside the university.
- To advise the Rector, the President and the Senate on academic staff selection for specific subjects at the faculty;
- To sign the Diplomas upon the completion of university studies and certificates of completed courses taken at the faculty. The dean cannot delegate this task to other persons;
- Decides on disqualification of the students from the faculty;
- Carries out other duties set in this Statute.
Dean for his work and Programs that lead, he responds to the Senate, and the President.
The deans’ assignment can be prematurely interrupted in case of:
- Heath reasons
- Imprisonment up to 6 months
The procedure for the deans’ discharge can be initiated by:
- Scientific- Educational Council
The College FAMA Senate is authorized to discharge the dean.
SCIENTIFIC- EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL
All the faculties have the scientific-educational councils founded as panels and composed by 5 members. The council decides and resolves different problems concerning educational, scientific research and artistic activities on each Program.
The scientific – educational Council consists of:
- Three members elected by the faculty academic staff;
- One student representative;
- The University general secretary, a permanent member of the council who has no rights to vote;
- The rector, dean or the President can elect another employee or professional expert as a member without voting rights.
The scientific-educational council is managed by the Dean of the faculty. In his absence, the council will be managed by the senior staff of the council.
The scientific-educational council is responsible for:
- General strategic issues related to educational, scientific and artistic activity at the College;
- Development of the Study policy at the faculty and offering professional counseling to the Rector and President;
- Determines the requirements for student admission;
- Certifies the quality and the qualification procedure;
- Proposes the regulation for the procedural measures toward students;
- Deals with issues related to the rights of academic staff and students;
- Carries out the procedure on election of the academic staff as authorized by statute;
- Reviews requests from the students’ assembly;
- Carries out other duties set in this Statute.
ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS OF THE UNIVERSITY
The organizational units offer supportive services on educational, research and artistic activity and also administrative services to the College.
The organizational units within the College are:
- College library
- College computer centre
- Criminal law laboratory
These units are necessary to effectively accomplish all the tasks and statutory responsibilities of the College.
Depending on practical needs, other organizational units can be established.
Each organizational unit has its own manager.
The manager of the organizational unit is selected by the President, after the vacancy announcement. The selection is based on his professional managing abilities to accomplish the goals.
The manager of the organizational unit has these tasks:
- To ensure rational, effective use of unit resources;
- Provide regularly reports to the President and the Senate;
- Advises the President upon the members selection for the unit;
- Carries out other duties set in this Statute.
GOVERNING BODIES OF THE COLLEGE
The main bodies of the College FAMA are Senate, Rector, and the President.
All the governing bodies of College FAMA carry out their activity according to the free declaration and majority voting principles, if not stipulated differently by this Statute.
The Senate is the main body of the College, who decides for the most important problems in the field of education, scientific research and for different technical-administrative problems.
The members of the Senate are:
- Rector of the College, who is also the chairman of the Senate;
- President of FAMA College
- Deans of the Departments
- One member from the scientific-educational council, who is one of the professors at the faculties, and who is elected from the scientific-educational council;
- The president of the students Union;
- The general secretary, who is the ex-officio member of the Senate and has no right to vote.
The mandate of the Senate is 4 years. The mandate of the member of the Senate expires when:
- The mandate of the Senate is finished;
- When the member is absent on 4 meetings;
On the above mentioned cases, the replacement of this member will be done according to the Senate members’ selection procedure.
Senate has regular meetings at least once per year. The agenda is proposed by the Rector and approved by the Senate. The Senate can organize extraordinary meetings if requested by the Rector, President or by the written request submitted by ¼ of the members. The meeting of the Senate is held when more than half Senate members are present. The Senate decision is valid when reached with majority of votes (more than 50%) from the Senate members present at the meeting. In cases when the number of the votes is equal, the Rectors’ vote is decisive. The voting method is always determined by the Senate.
The Senate can invite external persons who have consultative rights. The meeting transactions can be published only if Senate decides so. The decisions issued by the Senate are compulsory for all University instances.
The Senate has these responsibilities:
- Leads the wide-ranging educational, scientific and artistic activities at the College;
- Supervises the development and scientific orientation of the College;
- Approves the educational plans and programs of the faculties, proposed by the scientific-educational councils;
- Selects the academic staff;
- Decides upon University membership to national of international institutions or associations with educational and scientific character, and also for relationship, cooperation on national and international projects and foundations that can help in the College development;
- Ratifies the agreements inside and outside the country, signed by the Rector and the President representing the College.
- Decides upon foundation, closure and modification of the educational structures and organizational units, after consulting the President and deans’, if not stipulated differently by this Statute.
- Decides on postgraduate studies schedule;
- Supervises the cooperation between the faculties and College with other faculties and universities;
- Approves the educational mission and character of the College, proposed by the scientific-educational councils or in consultancy with them and international experts if needed, and also permanently supervises these activities;
- Approves the Statute, Regulation of the Senate, regulation of the University studies, regulation for disciplinary measures and procedure, and any other legal acts.
- Organizes the commission that deals with specific issues on particular fields.
- Decides upon the consistence and form of the emblem, stamp, dry stamp, flag and other College symbols;
- Carries out other duties set in this Statute and other legal acts.
The rector is selected by the Senate with a proposal from the President, as a candidate selected among the academic staff. He should have the title “Professor” or “Assist. Prof” and should have experience in management. The rectors’ mandate is 3 years and cannot be selected more than twice.
The rector has these competencies:
- When the mandate ends;
- Leaves the College before the mandate ends;
- When by committing grievous criminal acts violates the authority of his post, the President proposes his discharge and requests for election of a new rector;
- In cases when the rector leaves the College before the mandate ends, the President proposes to the Senate the election of a new rector within one month. During this period, the President assumes rectors duties. The new elected rector will carry out his duties only for the period left from the mandate.
The President is the owner, also the chief administrative manager and in charge of the College. The President manages the university according to the managing politics determined by the Senate and responds to the Senate about the effective, fruitful and resourceful work. The President is assisted by the general secretary of the College.
The President function will cease in cases of:
- Court decision ;
- Health reasons;
- Sentenced for committed criminal act;
In these cases, the function of the President will be assumed by a person who will be proposed from his family, if this person has all the relevant academic qualifications and managing skills for this post.
The President has these responsibilities:
- Act on behalf of the College and represent it;
- Organize, manage and administer the College;
- Contribute on the normal development of educational, scientific and artistic activities at the College;
- To ensure rational, effective use of College budget;
- To compose or elect the service for preparing the annual budged report that will be evaluated by the Senate;
- Organize announcements for the admission of the new students at the College;
- Execute decisions issued by the Senate;
- Propose the managing staff for faculties, dean and rector;
- Selects the academic support staff, administrative staff and to sign their contracts;
- Signs contracts with persons outside the College for any specific task;
- Announces the names of successful applicants for studies at the College;
- Carries out other duties on behalf of College as set in this Statute and other legal acts.
The President can form short-term commissions for advising purposes on particular tasks.
THE GENERAL SECRETARY
The secretary is the high executive and administrative official at the College FAMA. The secretary responds to the President about the effective, fruitful and resourceful work in all University levels. The College FAMA general secretary is appointed by the President based on the vacancy announcement. All the candidates that apply for the post of the secretary at the College FAMA should have university diploma and working experience in administration.
The College secretary has these duties and responsibilities:
- He is the high administrative officer;
- He is responsible for effective, fruitful and resourceful management in all College levels;
- He is responsible for technical preparations for the budget plan;
- He is responsible for keeping record of all the candidates applying, of registered students in all faculties of the University, graduated students, contracted staff, property, measures taken for improvement of administrative services, also gives opinion and prepares general documents for the University and faculties.
- Carries out other duties on behalf of University as set in this Statute and law.
ACADEMIC AND NON ACADEMIC STAFF
All the working positions are based on contracts with full time and part time working hours. The academic and non academic staffs of FAMA College are free to organize and gather according to the law.
In the University education, science, artistic and professional activity is developed by the academic staff, whose qualification is determined by educational title.
The academic staff is consisted of:
- Regular professors;
- Associated professors;
- Assisting professors;
- New assistants;
The selection of the academic staff is done in a transparent manner and based on the public vacancy announcement. Base on proposals of Departments, Senate announce competition for election of necessary academic staff- one to two times a year, always before early learning semester. If necessary, the Senate may declare more competitions through out the year. The competition lasts for 15 days.
After the announcement is closed, based on the proposals from the Program deans, the rector forms a professional commission consisting at least three members to select the candidates of the specific announcement. A member of this commission cannot be a spouse, partner or a member of close family to the candidate that will be selected.
The selecting commission will propose one candidate that fulfills requirements for selection.
The proposal for regular professors, associated professors, assisting professors and lecturers will be submitted to the Senate, who will do the selection and the President will make a working contract according to legal provisions.
The selection of the collaborators (assistants) is done by the Scientific- Educational Council of the faculty, contracted by the President based on the legal provisions in force covering that period.
The requirements for selection of the academic staff are relevant qualifications and experience as foreseen in the regulation for selection of educational staff.
Select in title educational-scientific Ordinary Professor, Associate Professor, Professor Assistant and Lecturer done:
- For ordinary professor, undefined time,
- For associate professor, professor assistant, lecturer, and assistant for limited duration ( until five year) with re-election opportunity. Work contract may repeat by expressed interests in reciprocal way.
The academic staff can be considered as employed at the University after the selection procedure is finished and the decision or the work contract is signed from the candidate and the President, according to the law and Statute regulations.
When the contract is signed from the contracting parties, the contract is obligatory for both parties.
The contract made with the academic staff can be prematurely interrupted, in cases when:
- Discredits the University name if sentenced for committing grievous criminal acts;
- Violates the code of conduct for academic staff
- Inability in performing his/her duties because of mental or physical reasons, submitting medical report as proof.
- His/her behavior violate the order, authority and dignity of the University ;
- If concluded according to procedure initiated foreseen in regulation that he/she is corrupted.
The academic staff working at the College FAMA during their work and activity should respect the moral and ethical principles, scientific and artistic genuine principles and protect the authority of the College as per code of conduct.
Violation of code of conduct and failure to respect the obligations set on this statute, on the code of conduct and other College documents causes disciplinary measures against academic and non academic staff.
The disciplinary procedure is determined by the College regulation on disciplinary measures which is issued by the Senate in accordance with law, statute and other legal act of the College.
NON ACADEMIC STAFF
The University non academic staff are persons performing:
- Managing and professional duties;
- Administrative services
- Technical services
Responsibilities and necessary qualifications of persons performing these duties are set by special regulations issued by the General Secretary.
STUDENTS AND STUDY ARRANGEMENTS
A student of this College is the person registered in one of the faculties of this College, who meets academic and financial requirements as set by law and general acts of the College.
The statute of a student can be acknowledged by the students pass or another document as foreseen by general acts of the College.
The student has to meet academic and financial requirements as set by this statute and general acts of the College.
Studies can be conducted full time and part time as foreseen in this Statute and other legal acts.
The students’ admission is done based on the public announcement, based on admission procedures and evaluation criteria set by the scientific-educational council of the faculty.
The announcement is published upon the College Senate decision based on the proposal by the particular faculties.
The student is enrolled at the College if he/she completes all the requirements set on the educational program and plan, regulation on studies and other acts.
The student can repeat the registration of the same year of studies according to requirements set on the regulation, and fulfilling the financial obligation to College.
The student is supposed to finish the basic academic studies for the period that doesn’t exceed twice as much of normal period foreseen for the studies, only in special cases if allowed by the scientific-educational council of the faculty.
The status of the student will cease in cases if:
- The student finishes the studies;
- Withdrawals from enrollment;
- Is not registered;
- With a decision deriving from the disciplinary measures
- If studies are not finished according to the deadline set in the latest article of this Statute;
- Cases as set by the College FAMA.
Students have rights to:
- Participate in lectures, seminars and other educational activities;
- To use all the equipment and facilities of the College for their educational, scientific and artistic activities, as foreseen in programs and regulations;
- To use the library, laboratories and other surroundings of the College;
- To take part it election of the students for associations created according to the College statute and other related documents;
- To file a complaint regarding the quality of lectures or the area where the lectures are held;
- Other rights as foreseen by this Statute and other legal acts of this College;
Students are obliged to:
- Carry out all the tasks as set by the educational plans;
- Abide the rules set by the College FAMA;
- Respect the rights of the other students and staff;
- Preserve the College FAMA prestige and dignity;
- And other obligations as foreseen by this Statute and other legal acts of College FAMA.
The students have rights to create students’ associations, and all students can become a member of it.
The students can be represented by:
- The students’ Union at the College level;
- The students’ council at the academic units level
The students association has a right to propose candidates for the students Union and council based on the elections held every two years.
In cases of students’ misconduct, a disciplinary procedure will take place based on the particular regulation of the University.
The minor measure involves public reprimand and the more serious measure will insure permanent discharge from the College.
STUDIES AND STUDY REQUIREMENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY
The College studies are foreseen in the programs of study. The study programs are determined by the regulations prepared from the scientific-educational councils of each Program.
The College offers these academic and postgraduate studies:
- Bachelors studies;
- Masters studies;
The Bachelors studies last at least three years and when finished, the student obtains the Bachelors degree at a particular field of study.
The Masters studies last at least one year or maximum two years and when finished, the student obtains the academic title Master at a particular field of study.
The Doctorate studies are the highet level of academic studies ( For the moment College FAMA not organize Doctorl studies).
Candidates who have successfully finished the Masters degree can enroll for the Doctorate studies. Doctorate studies usually last for 3 years. The requirement to obtain the doctorate title is to successfully finish the doctorate exams and successfully finish the doctorate thesis work.
The requirements for student enrollment are:
- To have finished successfully the secondary school in Kosovo certified with a diploma;
- To have finished successfully the primary school and the secondary school, for at least 12 years of school, certified with a diploma;
- A candidate who has finished secondary school outside the country, should certify all the documents at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology;
- To fulfill all the requirements as per enrollment regulation
In order to start the postgraduate studies for Masters degree, the candidate should have already finished the graduate studies.
All the study requirements are determined by the syllabus.
Syllabuses are approved by the Senate as proposed by the scientific-educational council of each faculty.
Syllabuses contain obligatory and selective subjects, specified in College regulations.
The College FAMA should ensure that the syllabus is:
- Modern and interesting for the students;
- Comparable with other higher education institutions in developed countries
- In harmony with international standards and those set by the Ministry of Education, Science and technology.
All professors, at the beginning of the school year, are obliged to provide the College with the syllabus of their subject and notify the students about its content.
At the beginning of each academic year, the College Program create a list of professors and associates covering the entire academic year as per syllabus.
The academic year starts on 1 October and ends on 30 September of following year. The year is separated in two semesters (winter semester starts on 1 October until 15 January, summer semester starts on 16 February until 31 May of the following year).
The students’ knowledge is assessed periodically during the full process of studies; the final assessment will be done by the professor after the exam.
All the exams must relate to the subjects of the faculty that the student has chosen based on the syllabus.
Students that have completed their obligations towards the College may take the exam.
The results of the exam are public.
Exams are public; the student has a right to request for audience during the exam.
The student success at the exam will be evaluated with marks starting from 5 (five) up to 10 (ten). The student has reached an insufficient result if evaluated with mark 5 (five) and this result will be recorded.
Exam schedules are:
- Regular deadlines: January, June, September. These deadlines are published and unchangeable.
- Irregular deadlines: April and November.
The exam timetable will be published at least two weeks before the exams.
The College regulation has detailed provisions concerning the exams.
ACADEMIC TITLES AND DIPLOMAS
As per accreditation requirements foreseen by law, College FAMA issues these titles and diplomas:
- Bachelor Diploma (BA);
- Masters Diploma (MA);
The evaluations of the academic studies in College FAMA are done according to European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
This University acknowledges all the credits gained from courses accredited by the Ministry of education.
The Bachelor diploma is issued after the succsessful basic studies with final exam /public defens diploma thesis.
The Masters diploma is issued after the successful conclusion of studies for masters’ degree and thesis.
Students are possible
- Mobility within the institution, up between College FAMA and other universiy, and reciprocally based in birateral agreement.
- transfer credit from other institution of higher education inside and outside of country in Fama College.
- Procedure related with transfer and mobility , provided in regulation studies at College FAMA
The number of credits and the evaluation methods for the students in bachelors, masters and doctorate studies are determined by the College regulations.
All the basic study programs end with final exam.
All the masters programs end with preparation and submission of the thesis for masters’ degree in accordance with study program. The procedure for presentation, elaboration, defence and evaluation works of master diploma determinated with studies regulation.
According to the provisions of this Statute, College FAMA uses these financial resources:
- Tuition fees, administrative fees and other payments done by the students;
- Payments deriving from commercial services and other services;
- Funds given by the Ministry of Kosovo budged for educational, research and artistic activities for the general interest.
- Donations, contribution and aid;
- Usage of the FAMA University intellectual ownership;
- Contracts with national, international, public or private organizations providing support for educational, research and artistic activities.
- Any other resource allowed by the applied laws in Kosovo
College FAMA has a bank account. All the financial means gathered from the resources mentioned on the article above are delivered to this account.
If required, the Senate will assign an independent auditor to monitor the usage of the resources and issue a certificate.
If required by the Senate, the auditors will advise on:
- Financial control measures at the University;
- Effective usage of financial means of the University
The auditors should not have any personal or professional relationship with any of the members from the governing bodies of the University.
The financing methods and requirements are set by the College regulation.
PRELIMINARY AND FINALE PROVISIONS
The College FAMA regulation and all other acts should be in accordance with the law and this Statute.
College FAMA statute can be changed according to the approving procedure.
FAMA College- Rector
Prof. Dr. Faik Brestovci