Study outside the headquarters

Legal basis

Pan-European University possesses a license to perform the studies of the first cycle of the following study programs: Business Administration and Entrepreneurship; Banking, Finance and Trade Management; General Law; and Information Technology Engineering outside the headquarters, in Bijeljina and Novi Grad departments.

Pan-European University is also the founder of the Higher Vocational School for Market Communications in Belgrade, accredited in the Republic of Serbia under the number: 612-00-00657/2013-04 from 8/11/2013, which performs accredited study programs: Propaganda and Public Relations; Translation Studies of the English Language; Internet Technologies and Electronic Business; and Advertising and Public Relations (specialist studies). This Higher Vocational School is also the study support center for Pan-European University students in Serbia.

Pan-European University has a study support center for students in Doboj.

In accordance with the Law on Higher Education of the Republic of Srpska, Pan-European University has, by the University Statute, Regulations on the studies of the first and second cycle, Regulations on the evaluation and achievements of students, Regulations on virtual studies and distance learning, closely defined the method of teaching and the system of evaluation (grading) both in regular and ex-traordinary studies, i.e. the methodology of performing distance learning.

All students of the Pan-European University are formally and legally enrolled at the Pan-European Uni-versity as an integral university. Colleges, departments and internet centers are not legal entities, but organizational facilities; therefore, the formal admission of students into appropriate study programs is being done at the university with its headquarters in Banja Luka. The Register of enrolled students is kept in the University headquarters in Banja Luka. Students receive Pan-European University diplomas indicating the study program they have completed at the appropriate college, and without referencing the location where the teaching process took place.

Support for students who study outside the University headquarters

Licensed University departments enable the organization of the teaching process outside the head-quarters at full capacity in study programs for which the work permit in those departments has been issued. Departments, i.e. internet centers at the same time can (and must) provide appropriate infor-mation, communication, professional, consulting, logistic and administrative support to all students from a geographic area covered by the department (internet center) regardless of the enrolled study program:

a/ administrative and technical support:

  • Information and technical support upon enrollment at all study programs in providing information, re-ferring of admission, technical, educational and marketing material related to the registration and col-lection of students’ applications, marketing support in organizing and performing of marketing cam-paigns related to admission for all study programs;
  • Receipt of all written students’ submissions and their sending to the headquarters, and providing feedback to the applicant;
  • Providing information on classes schedules for all study programs in the university headquarters and departments for all student categories, regular, extraordinary and students who use distance learning resources;
  • Collection, control and forwarding of students’ exam registrations to responsible academic staff;
  • Defining lists of students from the area of departments where the classes are performed for extraor-dinary students and admissions for examinations;
  • Providing information related to student services (exam dates, examination results, etc.);
  • Organizing and collecting students’ surveys.

b/ professional and technical support:

All Pan-European University students are provided, via the department or internet centers, with access to information and educational resources and knowledge bases that are of public property and availa-ble on the internet, especially students who do not have adequate broadband high-speed internet, furthermore, students are provided with access to those resources that are not of public property, and to which the Pan-European University is subscribed (such as for example EBSCO academic database of scientific and technical information, articles and other scientific publications to which the Pan-European University is subscribed). The departments, i.e. internet centers, also provide access and effective use of the Pan-European recourses that are in electronic form published on the Internet by the local Pan-European University network. This includes services (for which is assumed to have broadband Internet access) available to students on the University WEB site, such as electronic bulletin boards, university web mail service, university FAQ service, access to forums and other forms of academic social networks that are organized at the university, access to resources of the University Career Guidance Center, electronic exam registration, e-surveys, Pan-European University e-library services, LMS system services (Learning-Management System) for distance learning, services of the University educational television “Apeiron TV Channel” and others.

Internet centers (in departments or independently organized) are designed to provide multi-functional support to students, which includes not only distance learning support but also support for student projects and student research work. In addition, they provide the following functions:

  • Access to the Internet via broadband high-speed connection that provides a fast, efficient, comforta-ble and quality work on the Internet in terms of content download from the Internet, as well as upload of the queries and results of student work (e.g. sending term papers and other written work via the university Web mail service).
  • They also provide a sufficient number of multimedia computer systems that are connected to the local network of the internet center itself. The multimedia features of the computer provide video and au-dio communication in educational forums and online sessions that are organized at the headquarters of the university and other organizational facilities of the university, direct on-line communication and consultation with professors, professional associates or fellow students in specific interest and work groups of students.
  • Additionally, they provide access to other input-output network devices (printers, plotters, scanners) and other electronic equipment that is installed in the local network of the departments, thus creating conditions for free support to all Pan-European University students in printing and scanning of docu-ments, working with computer graphics, doing seminar and other student papers, research activities and student practice.
  • Internet centers are designed to enable group, collaborative and traditional individual studying, be-cause in addition to computer equipment they are equipped as standard academic libraries. Each cen-ter is equipped as a branch library of the Pan-European University.
  • Internet centers provide students with a direct insight into a part of the teaching process that takes place at the Pan-European University via on-line teleconferencing, as well as a direct insight into the teaching process that takes place at the Pan-European University headquarters, and is broadcasted via video streaming. This service especially refers to students who do not have adequate access to high speed broadband Internet.
    Internet centers are fully equipped with all the necessary audio equipment, video projection and tele-conferencing equipment.
    Within the Pan-European University internet centers responsible for distance learning support, a cer-tain professional and educational support is provided to all students, regardless of their enrolled study program.

(1) Studying, individual and group work of students

  • Individual studying via the Internet, access to the Pan-EuropeaUniversity distance learning system and other knowledge bases and educational resources on the Internet;
  • Individual studying by means of written sources and printed books in the Internet center libraries;
  • Group-studying via the Internet within educational internet forums which are, for each subject, i.e. a narrow scientific field, formed in the distance learning system;
  • On-line oral and written consultations with the teaching staff and associates;
  • Collaborative studying in work groups in the classrooms of the Internet Centre;
  • All forms of student practice and research projects that require computer, telecommunications and information technology support;

(2) Teaching activities

  • In the Internet centers organized in the departments, only consultative, i.e. instructional classes are organized. The classes will not be held for study programs that have a license to be performed at the University headquarters in Banja Luka, and are not licensed in certain departments. Full teaching pro-cess for this category of students (extraordinary students) is organized at the University headquarters, on Friday afternoons and during every weekend, to the extent which is not less than one-third of all teaching material that is supplied to regular students.
  • Internet centers organized in the departments or independently will provide support to all Pan-European University students in order to gain insight into the teaching process via video streaming or archival projections of lectures held at the Pan-European University in the reading rooms, i.e. regional university library. Furthermore, teleconferencing provides support for participation and active in-volvement of students in various educational events held at the Pan-European University, such as seminars, scientific conferences, round tables, etc.;
  • Internet centers will, if necessary, or upon the request of students organize ad-hoc consultations with mentors, tutors, teaching staff and associates;
  • Seminars, conferences, round tables and various forms of educational workshops that are organized in the departments are available to all Pan-European University students;
  • Internet centers will also serve as a support for student research projects;

(3) Knowledge evaluation

In the departments’ internet centers examinations will be organized for all Pan-European University students from subjects that have common basics of the study cycle, i.e. common basics of a broader scientific field, and which are held at the Pan-European University (as an integrated university) accord-ing to the unique program for all study groups and for which, in the process of teaching and knowledge evaluation specific teaching groups are organized.
Pan-European University will organize examinations outside the headquarters of the university for subjects whose nature requires it, in accordance with the provisions of the Article 46 of the Law of Higher Education, and based on the curriculum of these subjects and in accordance with the University Statutes and Regulations on the evaluation of knowledge and achievement of students. In certain study programs, a number of clinical and laboratory subjects fall into this category, as well as practice, internships and volunteering, which are also being graded in the ECTS system.
In order to provide effective support to these subjects and students’ activities, Pan-European Universi-ty has concluded appropriate contracts on academic, business and technical cooperation with regional clinical, spa and laboratory facilities, so that students, in this part of their studies, could receive appro-priate, close, more efficient and quality support.

  • Upon the request of students, internet centers can organize only those knowledge evaluations which are part of students’ pre-exam requirements, and which are performed on computers via direct, pro-tected, encrypted and immediate connection to the Pan-European University server system in Banja Luka, and within the standardized software LMS (Learning Management System) package;
  • Evaluation activities within students’ pre-exam requirements are carried out practically via global com-puter network in the Pan-European University server system, because every computer of the Internet center is actually a part of the Pan-European University WLAN;
  • Evaluation activities within the domain of pre-exam requirements take place in a controlled environ-ment with provided physical and technological protection of the evaluation process using the following instruments;
  • Authentication access of each student to any computer system in the Internet center based on the card reader that loads the student card for which an individual PIN code is entered, user name and password of each student;
  • Controlled conditions during the evaluation;
  • Evaluation tests, questionnaires or other applied forms of students’ pre-exam requirements are gen-erated in the server system at the headquarters of the Pan-European
  • University, while computers in the Internet centers actually serve as workstations;
  • The communication channel is encrypted and protected by a PKI card system, while the connection channel is encrypted with 1024-bit encryption algorithm, which is used in banking.

University departments, outside the University headquarters, run regular teaching programs and clas-sical exams for study programs that are licensed in these departments.
However, in accordance with legal and statutory student rights, all Pan-European University students, regardless of the enrolled study program, i.e. regional or geographic origin, enjoy certain complex and meaningful support that includes: information, communication, professional, consulting, logistic and administrative support.

All Pan-European University students, especially the extraordinary students, are provided with high-quality, comprehensive and efficient (to a great extent unique) support in the teaching process, based on an integrated mixed model of studying and learning (blended learning) introduced at the Pan-European University, which represents the synthesis of contact teaching, distance learning and mobile education, i.e. the synthesis of various forms of educational content delivery, different teaching meth-ods and styles within which, the problem-based learning, symbiotic learning and project-based learning are preferred.

Internet centers (in departments or independently organized) represent the support for distance learning, individual, group and collaborative student studying, student projects and student research work.

Regional centers take over, in accordance with the Law on Higher Education, a significant part of the above-mentioned support to all students, regardless of the student’s enrolled study program or his/her regional background. In the regional center, students can approach to those proficiency tests that are allowed by positive legal and regulatory provisions in accordance with the detailed description from the previous text. Also, the Pan-European University headquarters organizes special education process and examination dates that are by time, term and program features tailored to the needs and abilities of extraordinary students, regardless of their geographic origin.

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