History, donors and partners
IBC-M is an independent higher education institution founded by the Dutch non-governmental organization SPARK in March 2010. It was established with donations from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Swiss Development Cooperation, the UK Government Department for International Development, the European Commission and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosovo.
IBC-M was first registered in the Netherlands and in Kosovo, but in March 2018 it was registered as an independent not-for-profit educational foundation in Kosovo, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Public Administration and licensed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosovo. Its current donor is European Union. Its status as not-for-profit educational foundation has allowed IBC-M to operate as an independent International Business School under the Kosovo Higher Education Law.
IBC-M is accredited by both German Accreditation Agency Evalag (Evaluationsagentur Baden-Württemberg) and the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA).
IBC-M operates in cooperation with the University College Lillebaelt from Denmark and University of Applied Science VIKO from Lithuania to award students with double diplomas and degrees.
The vibrancy of our campus community springs from a culture of high aspiration, enterprise, creativity and diversity.
As a higher education institution in Kosovo, IBC-M presents a uniquely international offering. With EU degrees and student-centered learning model, English-language delivery, international staff and students, and lots of international opportunities, the college truly provides a European-style learning environment in Mitrovica. Staff, students, and graduates of IBC-M reflect the open-minded, tolerant and inclusive values that lie at the heart of the European Union.
Our research and teaching activities are focused on our academic strength in Business, Technology, Management and the Social and Environmental Sciences. Within these areas, we have created a research and teaching excellence and our engaged, and practical approach is attuned to the rapidly evolving regional educational and economic development agenda.
The college prides itself on its maintenance of European education standards. With an emphasis on quality teaching, ethics in education and consistency in standards, we are preparing people with a holistic set of skills for work in international and EU organizations, and which will help to raise standards of professionalism and ethical behavior in Kosovo.
We are a first-choice higher education institution for students in Kosovo and beyond. We offer a distinctive blend of academic reputation, outstanding graduate employment record, one-year internship, modern facilities, and a full programme of social, cultural, recreational and personal development opportunities.
Our vision is to be a leading higher education institution driven to deliver outstanding education opportunities to diverse communities in Kosovo and beyond.
Our mission is to provide academic excellence through the “theory to practice” model enabling students to gain knowledge and skills for the 21st century to drive the development in Kosovo, the region and the global community.
Our values are reflected in our commitment to:
- academic excellence;
- international experience and mobility;
- the highest standards of scientific and professional integrity;
- enterprise cooperation and innovation;
- enhancing students’ career development;
- fostering diversity, equality, inclusivity and accessibility; and
- maintaining and adopting the most inspiring working environment.