One of the first things that the new Society did was to organise the Kosovar Mathematical Olympiad. The report [
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, today met with the winners of the Mathematical Olympiad of Kosovo, which was held on Saturday and organized by the Kosovar Mathematical Society; under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo. The head of the Kosovar Mathematical Society, Qëndrim Gashi, thanked the Prime Minister for supporting the qualitative development of younger generations in the natural sciences, by encouraging the organization of the Mathematical Olympiad of Kosovo. Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi expressed the determination of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo to continue investing in education, as one of the government's strategic priorities. Prime Minister Thaçi added that Government of the Republic of Kosovo will continually support the development of natural sciences and stated that younger generations, educated according to western standards, will be a strong base for Kosovo's economic development.Let us say a little about the founder of the Society, Qëndrim Gashi (see [
The aim of the Kosovar Mathematical Society is to support mathematical research and the teaching of mathematics, both pure and applied, at all levels in Kosovo. We have already mentioned its support and organisation of the Kosovo Mathematical Olympiad. In fact Qëndrim Gashi, the Society's first President was also Chief Coordinator of the Kosovo Mathematical Olympiad in 2009-2012. To achieve its aims, the Society supports workshops, seminars and discussion groups. For example, it organises a weekly Mathematics Seminar at the Faculty of Mathematical and Natural Sciences of the University of Prishtina. It also encourages publications, purchases journals and books to support mathematicians in Kosovo, and also cooperates with different organisations outside Kosovo. For example, in 2012, the Society applied for corporate membership of the European Mathematical Society. The President of the Kosovar Mathematical Society addressed the Council of the European Mathematical Society making the case for membership and, after confirming that the Kosovar Mathematical Society was a non-governmental organisation, the Society was elected to membership of the European Mathematical Society in a secret ballot.
The second President of the Kosovar Mathematical Society was Qamil Haxhibeqiri who took over from Qëndrim Gashi in 2012. Qamil Haxhibeqiri was born in Gjakovë on 8 April 1949. He attended both elementary and secondary school in Gjakovë and began his university studies at the Higher Education Institution in Prishtina in 1967. This Higher Education Institution became the University of Prishtina in 1970. He graduated in 1971 and in that year began his postgraduate studies at the University of Zagreb. He was awarded a Master's Degree in 1974 and was appointed as an assistant at the University of Prishtina while continuing to undertake research for his doctorate at Zagreb advised by Sibe Mardesic. He was awarded the degree in 1981 for his thesis Shape fibrations for topological spaces. In it he studied the notion of a shape fibration between general topological spaces, as developed by Sibe Mardesic, giving two new characterisations of shape fibrations in terms of mappings between inverse systems. He was steadily promoted at Prishtina becoming a docent in 1982, an extraordinary professor in 1987 and a full professor in 1994. The Kosovo war broke out in March 1999 and, in May, Haxhibeqiri was arrested by the occupying Serbian forces. Sentenced to ten years in prison, he was held in various prisons until March 2001 when he, along with many others held by the Serbs, was released. At the University of Prishtina, Haxhibeqiri [
... lectured on topology, analytic geometry, linear algebra, metric spaces, etc. He has greatly impressed with the effectiveness of his teaching, his dedication to work, and his unmatched impartiality towards his colleagues. Students of all generations who have heard Haxhibeqiri lecture have a high opinion of his comprehensive engagement in teaching and the educational process. An important aspect of Haxhibeqiri's contribution to the scientific community has been his authorship of university textbooks (among which is the book "Topology" published in 1989).Haxhibeqiri was a member of the Board of the Kosovar Mathematical Society from its foundation in 2008 and in 2012 he became its second President.
Finally we should mention the journal Bulletin of Mathematical Analysis and Applications which is published jointly by the Kosovar Mathematical Society and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Prishtina. It began publication in 2009. It publishes original papers in English, with a focus on functional analysis, abstract methods of mathematical analysis, and applied mathematical analysis. It is published twice per year.
In 2017, the Kosovar Mathematical Society elected a new President, Muhib Lohaj, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University "Hasan Prishtina" in Prishtina.
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