The University of Belgrade is the largest and most prominent academic institution in
The origins of the University may be traced back to 1808. During the Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire, led by the Supreme Leader Karadjordje (ancestor of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II of Serbia), the first Grand School was founded by Dositej Obradovic, the most influential proponent of Serbian national and cultural Renaissance. One of the first students was Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic, major reformer of Serbian language.
In 1813, following the collapse of the Uprising, the
In 1863 it evolved into
The original courses of Philosophy (1838), Law (1841) and Nature and Mechanics (1853) formed the first faculties.
King Peter I (great-grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Alexander II of
During the First and Second World Wars, the University was closed. The period between the two wars is regarded as the golden age of the University, when thanks to many donations, it became one of the best equipped and wealthiest universities in
The importance of the
Throughout its history, the University has promoted the ideals of a democratic society, civil liberties, national traditions and European orientation.