The initiative to establish the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka was officially approved at the Scientific – Educational Council of the University of Banja Luka and launched in 1991 by appointment of the Organizing Committee. At its session on Feb. 27th 1992, the Scientific – Educational Council of the University submitted and adopted by the National Assembly of Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The procedure of the establishment was to be repeated as required by the Constitution and the Constitutional Law for the implementation of the Constitution of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In August 1992, the Commission of Registrars of the Faculty of Agriculture in Banja Luka was appointed and the Decision on the Establishment of the Faculty of Agriculture made, appointing Prof. Dr. Petar Durman as the Dean of the Faculty.
The Faculty began to work on Oct. the 10th 1992 in the premises of former School of Agriculture in Banja Luka. From establishment of this Faculty, its education program was based on General Study up to 1999 when three new Studies were introduced: Field Farming, Fruit and Vine Growing and Cattle Breeding. After six years, additional three Study Programs were introduced: Animal Production, Crop Production and Agricultural Economy and Rural Development. Since the school year 2006/2007, the teaching at the Faculty has been organized according to the principles of Bologna Process with three Study Programs and six Courses. The Faculty offers first cycle or Bachelor Studies, second cycle – Master and third cycle – Doctoral Studies. The Faculty personnel and infrastructure are fully capable and independent in scientific and teaching process.
Since its establishment, the Faculty of Agriculture, University in Banja Luka, is committed to its core mission: to establish the highest academic standards and provide acquisition of knowledge and skills in accordance with the needs of the society and the projected social development i.e. to offer a curricula and application of modern methods of education involving scientific research processes, to educate young and highly qualified professionals in the field of agricultural science and practice, able to use their knowledge, and a devotion to support the development of agriculture as a strategic branch of the Republic of Srpska and BiH, in accordance with contemporary European trends of sustainable development.
To accomplish its mission, the Faculty opted for a permanent improvement of the quality of higher education through scientific research, technological development and innovative approach, along with the inclusion into a single European Higher Education Process and European Research Process.
By the education of academic and professional staff, the Faculty shall make a contribution to:
A basic vision of the Faculty of Agriculture, University in Banja Luka, is the establishment of a modern higher education system, compatible with the relevant universities in the region and EU member states, in which the research approach is essential for acquiring of new knowledge. Faculty of Agriculture, with its six Institutes, is the main carrier of scientific research and technological development in the field of agricultural science in the Republic of Srpska. As the most important institution of higher education in the field of agriculture and food production, the Faculty of Agriculture, University in Banja Luka, has a leading role in the development of education and science in the Republic of Srpska and BiH.
The vision of the Faculty of Agriculture is to remain a contemporary higher education institution recognized by educational, scientific-research and professional achievements in the field of agriculture and food production. This facility shall produce young professionals, graduate agricultural engineers of different profiles that shall promote the agriculture of the Republic of Srpska and BiH and accept an equivalent competition and the challenges in the region and the wider European area.
This includes elements of continuous and sustainable improvement of education, scientific research and professional work at all levels. It is continuously allowing improvement of teaching skills of teachers and the associates and gradual and sustainable improvement of the expertise and skills of students. This requires such a mobility of students and teachers that makes them able to equally participate in the European process of education and research as provided by the long-term vision of this Faculty.
The vision of the Faculty of Agriculture, University in Banja Luka is to reach the highest levels of excellence and partnership with business organizations in the Republic of Srpska, BiH and the region, by adoption of positive trends of innovative approaches to education and research.
The Faculty of Agriculture, University in Banja Luka is oriented towards modern study programs in all the three cycles of academic studies, which creates conditions for the growth and development of the Faculty, individuals and the society in general. Participation in international scientific projects on equal footing and an extensive application of the results obtained in practice, creates added value and expertise of all the participants in educational process at this Faculty and all that corresponds with the aim of achieving the outlined vision.