road1For the first time in Albania, a Joint Master between EU and Western Balkans universities with a focus on political sciences was introduced at the EU Information Center on 25th April 2017. University of Tirana/Faculty of Social Sciences and European University of Tirana introduced the new program of Joint Master in Political SciencesIntegration and Government (#PoSIG) during the roadshow “We encourage Western Balkans”. The activity was opened for everyone interested in political sciences studies, Europeanization, good governance and internationalization of higher education. This was organized within the EuroPS project, funded by European Union, Erasmus+ Programme.

finac1In the framework of the Financial Management, Accounting and controlling curricula development for capacity building of public administration (FINAC) project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, Higher Education capacity building sub-program, project delegation from Serbia visited the project’s partner institutions in Albania on April 24-29, 2017. The coordination meetings took place in Tirana and Shkoder and were organized by project team member from European University of Tirana and Shkoder University "Luigj Gurakuqi". The speakers and participants highlighted the relevance of the project in light of the EU integration processes and capacity building of public administration in Albania. Stakeholders praised the focus on financial management, controlling and auditing curricula as a crucial need of the modernisation and Europeanisation of Albanian public administration.

trainingUET Centre participates in the TRAIN Programme, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe) and run by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).
With the aim of fostering policy dialogue between think tanks and political actors in the Western Balkans, the TRAIN programme (Think Tanks Providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) offers organizations from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia training and networking opportunities. In a series of workshops, participating researchers work on writing policy papers and advocacy strategies. Afterward the participants present their findings to decision-makers in Brussels as well as at the national level.
The general theme of the TRAIN Programme 2017 is “corruption and informal practices” and UET Centre is drafting a policy paper on Selective Decision Making in Procurement Review System in Albania.

 

PoSIG mainThe Erasmus+ Project: “Curriculum Development joint European Political Science MA (euroPS)” led by University of Salzburg - Department of Political Science and Sociology, aims to develop a joint/multiple MA in Political Science to be accredited at all project partner and the development of a multilateral management of this MA. The project aims at implementing a multilateral Joint/Multiple Degree (JD) for Political Science on the MA level (120 ECTS) with diploma supplement for all participating partners on a European standard. As modernization and Europeanisation project it will support reflecting and enhancing standards at European Union partners and Western Balkan partners and intensify regular academic exchange of good practice and sustainable networking between EU-WB partners but especially between WB. The project will run for two years, October 2015 – September 2017.

 

European University of Tirana is one of the initiator of the project idea and consortium together with the University of Salzburg, University of Ljubljana and University of Pavia and also responsible for the work package 10 on Dissemination. The project partners are: University of Salzburg (PLUS) as LP; University of Pavia (UPAV); University of Ljubljana (ULJU); Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University, Institute for Sociological Political and Juridical Research, Skopje; Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana (UTIR); FAMA College (FAMA); University of Business and Technology (UBT); University of Sarajevo (UNSA); Sarajevo School of Science Technology (SSST).

researchDeveloping the competences of a critical mass of researchers and project managers in Albania to be successful in obtaining EU funding for research projects: Tricks of the trade by Prof. Steve Quarrie”. COORP, with the support of http://www.perform.network/">PERFORM, provided a three-day workshop on research project development and EU funds to 25 researchers and project managers from various universities, think tanks and public institutions in Albania.