"What are now the buildings, classrooms, computer laboratories and offices of the University Sarajevo School of Science and Technology began as a vision of the future where young people are given both the tools and the opportunities to affect change in our society and form a new critical mass of capable and educated future decision-makers. With my many years as senior faculty and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Illinois and University of Sarajevo, as well as through my work as part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, I have become convinced that the only true long-term contribution that can be made to this country’s and this region’s future is the one made towards its youth. Young people are our greatest and as yet untapped resource. We came together to re-energize this resource through offering education of the highest standard, distinguished by innovation and modernity. That is how the story of SSST began."
Dr. Ejup Ganić, SSST Chancellor and Rector
The Sarajevo School of Science and Technology was opened in October 2004 in Sarajevo as the first private University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dedicated to providing high quality, internationally competitive education and up-to-date programs, SSST established collaboration with the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom), and is today the only private University in BiH offering its graduates a dual degree. Further, this collaboration makes SSST subject to meeting not only national but also University of Buckingham’s and UK’s academic guidelines and standards of teaching. Through this collaboration, SSST is the only University in the region of South-Eastern Europe monitored by the UK's Quality Assurance Agency, ensuring both transparency and the highest standards in teaching and examinations procedure.
To fulfill its mandate for excellence, SSST has put together an internationally educated and ambitious faculty, many of whose members come to us from the world's leading universities. The faculty is actively engaged in research projects within their fields, remaining at the forefront of their profession’s advances both in terms of research and innovative teaching methodology.
At SSST, we believe that a good degree, in any field, must also include a fluent knowledge of at least one foreign language. The University, just like most of the world today, has embraced English as a medium of communication with a full English language curriculum, but also provides additional courses in both English and German, mandatory for all students regardless of their academic field of study. In result, the quality of writing, speaking and presentation skills in English that students gain here is particularly high. German is a significant addition, given the importance this language holds in fields of politics, business,science and technology. Students are taught in smaller groups, and are given materials specific to their future professions. All courses involve the use of contemporary e-learning technologies and web resources.
Our University employs one professor for every four students – the highest ratio in the region and wider – while our system of academic advising ensures that professors and teaching assistants are available for daily consultations and are charged with individual monitoring of each student's academic progress.
“We are quite unashamed of our ambition. We wish to compete with the best and become the best, not only within the borders of a single country, but to offer the highest standards of education at a highly competitive cost to talented students from all corners of the world. Our graduates hold two diplomas, speak at least two languages, complete at least one specialized internship prior to graduation, and their degrees are comprised of two fields of study. This makes them such strong competitors that SSST claims the highest rate of employed graduates out of all BiH Universities: over 85% within the first year of the completion of their studies, and in their own fields.”
Emina Ganić, Acting Dean of Students; Director of Sarajevo Film Academy (SFA)
The SSST curriculum, taught entirely in English language, seeks not only to transfer technical skills and academic knowledge but also to build confident and globally-minded graduates, prepared for the challenging international environment. In addition to their main field of study (major), all SSST students also choose a minor, allowing specialization within their fields and greatly increasing their competitive edge following graduation.
SSST offers four-year academic programmes for all undergraduate studies (240 ETCS credits; European Credit Transfer System), with the exception of Sarajevo Medical School with a six-year academic programme (twelve semesters) and Sarajevo Film Academy which offers a Bologna certified three-year academic course (BA Degree Programme).
“By opening it’s doors, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology starts a new era in higher education. It opens a new bridge between Europe and the world – the future is here.”
Oslobođenje, daily newspaper
“SSST presents its graduates: these are the young people who will communicate with the world's greatest minds “
Avaz, daily newspaper
“They are young, brilliant SSST students, with excellent knowledge of English (and other languages), high GPAs and a desire to continuously upgrade and advance their knowledge. Even before graduating, they managed to secure placement at some of the world's leading universities, but they plan to be back and they plan to utilize gained knowledge to benefit their own country.”
“Young Bosnians should no longer need to leave their country in order to fulfil their talents, once this institution is established here in Bosnia’s own great capital city.
Moreover, because it is to be privately financed and independent,
and because teaching will be in the world’s new international language – English,
the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology will provide exactly the right emphasis for the next generation. Irrespective of cultural or religious background,
and with achievements judged on merit alone, you should aim to be a beacon for the new Bosnia.“
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom