Foundations of higher education studies in Mitrovica were set up with the opening of the Technical High School in 1961. In 1970, within the Technical Faculty, branches of Mining, Technology, and Metallurgy opened, initially in Mitrovica, the school year 1970/71, then proceeded to Pristina until the establishment of the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy in Mitrovica in 1974. The Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy in Mitrovica was established by the Law on Establishment of the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy from the Kosovo Assembly on 22 July 1974. In the year of foundation, the studies were organized in these branches: Mining, Technology, and Metallurgy, whereas in the academic year 1980/81 the branch of Geology was opened.
The establishment of the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy was of great importance for the whole Kosovo. It was the Trepça-Mineral-Metallurgical Combine that needed great engineering cadres from the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy. The frameworks from the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy and the High Technical School are well deserved in the Kosovo Power Generation Combinations and the entire industry and economy of Kosovo.
The students who studied at the Faculty of Mining and Metallurgy and the Technical High School were from all parts of Kosovo, considering that these branches were studied only in Mitrovica. A large number of students came from other Albanian areas, from Macedonia and Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medvedja and Montenegro. Many foreign students were enrolled and graduated from this faculty, especially from the Middle East.
Based on these faculties and based on the tradition of over 60 years of higher education in Mitrovica, the Government of the Republic of Kosovo on 06.03.2013 established the Public University of Mitrovica, while the Kosovo Assembly on 31 May 2013 ratified the decision. Based on the Provisional Statute, approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, within the University of Mitrovica “Isa Boletini” (UMIB) there are six faculties: Faculty of Geosciences (FG), Faculty of Food Technology (FFT), Faculty Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering (FMCE), Faculty of Law (FL), Faculty of Economics (FE) and Faculty of Education (FE).
Within these faculties, there are a total of 23 study programs at bachelor and master level. A total of 147 teachers and assistants are engaged in the teaching process. Out of them, 102 regular teachers, 15 associate professors, 31 assistant professors, 2 lecturers, and 33 assistants are in regular employment. While engaged are 45 teachers: 7 regular professors, 13 associate professors, 4 assistant professors, 2 lecturers, and 19 assistants.