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European Commission’s Report on Higher Education in the Western Balkans

April 19th, 2017

European Commission’s Report on Higher Education in the Western Balkans

European Commission’s Report on Higher Education in the Western Balkans

The Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission (EC) has published the synthesis report “From University to Employment: Higher Education Provision and Labour Market Needs in the Western Balkans”.

This report of the EC has proven that the universities in Albania have outdated curricula, and the non-modern teaching methods, states albeu.com2.

This synthesis report analyses higher education (HE) provision and labour market opportunities in the Western Balkans by looking into four inter-related issues: the provision of Higher Education, the current situation of the graduate labour market, the challenges facing graduates and employers on the labour market, and the skill mismatches that hinder graduate labour market integration1.

The report states that the data used in the study was collected from March to August 2015. It included two large-scale surveys: one among recent HE graduates (graduate survey - 4,602 respondents) and one among organisations that employ HE graduates (employer survey - 1,074 respondents). Semi-structured interviews were carried out with management staff of higher education institutions (HEIs), ministries, employers’ associations, and trade unions. A focus group was also carried out with Erasmus Mundus alumni. The project has assembled a unique database that covers details of most study programmes offered by HEIs in the Western Balkan country in recent years1.

The surveys’ result show that private universities’ graduates are more satisfied with the teaching quality than the public universities’ graduates. Besides, they believe that the quality teaching methods in the private universities where they graduated from led to a better employment, whereas the graduates of the public universities think that the teaching methods they were subject to do not favor them in the labour market2.

The report of the European commission states that Epoka University is the top ranked HEI in Albania with a global ranking of 4,928th position (ranked in 380th position in Central and Eastern Europe – CEE), while the University of Tirana second ranked, with a global ranking of 6,215th position (ranked 488th in CEE)1,2.

The report concludes with recommendations on measures needed to ensure the right mix of skilled graduates to support robust economic growth in the future, support graduate job search, and to encourage employers to create more graduate jobs and take on more skilled graduates1.

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1. From University to Employment: Higher Education Provision and Labour Market Needs In the Western Balkans, Synthesis Report, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, Directorate B Modernisation of Education, Unit B.4 International cooperation in education and youth; Jean Monnet actions, EUROPEAN COMMISSION [https://ec.europa.eu/education/sites/education/files/2016-higher-education-labour-market-balkans_en.pdf]

2. albeu.com [http://www.albeu.com/shqiperi/ja-niveli-i-universiteteve-shqiptare-sipas-raportit-te-komisionit-evropian/300499/]

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