Tetovo is the unofficial capital of the Albanian community. The city is located in the northwest of Macedonia, close to the border with Kosovo. The region was a flashpoint during the 2001 conflict. Ali Ahmeti, the leader of the guerrilla forces, had his headquarters in Sipkovica, a mountain village only 10 km from Tetovo.
By now the town has become a centre for higher education in Macedonia, especially for the Albanian community. The State University of Tetovo and the newly formed South East European University (SEEU), where courses are held in English, Albanian and Macedonian, have sought to resolve the inequality of access to higher education