It all started with a vision of a high quality, American-style university for Kosovo, an institution to promote economic and institutional development by educating the next generation of leaders. RIT’s global presence in Kosovo is the result of that vision. In March of 2002, community, government and business leaders began to explore the possibilities. Initial funding came from the Fund for the Reconstruction of Kosova, made up of the voluntary contributions of the Kosovar diaspora living all over the world. In 2003, this group working in collaboration with RIT founded RIT Kosovo.
Today, over 600 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled at this university. Undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Arts and Sciences through the School of Individualized Study with an option for professional concentration areas in management, information technology, public policy, economics and statistics, and media and graphic communications. Students can also earn a liberal arts minor in public policy, economics, legal studies and international relations. Graduate students earn a Master of Science degree in Professional Studies with concentrations in service management, project management, infrastructure development, and public service. RIT Kosovo provides the foundation for students to adapt to the constant change within the technical, managerial and business environments, and to develop the skills to be the country's leaders.
RIT’s degree programs in Kosovo attract students from more than 20 countries. It offers students a great opportunity to interact in a multinational classroom and prepare for the globalized world we live in. The university strives to demonstrate its philosophy of tolerance and diversity, promoting these same values within the greater society.