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Representatives of Epoka University participate at the Consultative Meeting on the Albanian Draft-Strategy on Higher Education (2014-2020)

February 25th, 2013

Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Prof. Dr. Güngör Turan and Head of the Rector’s Cabinet, Mr. Niuton Mulleti participated at the Consultative Meeting on the Albanian Draft-Strategy on Higher Education (2014-2020), held on February 22, 2013, at the premises of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi” University .

After the welcome remarks by Prof. Dr. Artan Haxhi, Rector of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi” University, the Minister of Education and Science, Prof. Dr. Myqerem Tafaj, delivered a speech focusing on the most important elements of the Draft-Strategy on Higher Education (2014-2020), which represents a key document on the development of the Albanian higher education system in the forthcoming years.

Pointing to the threefold increase in the number of students studying at higher education institutions during the 2004-2012 period, as well as to the increase by 2.5 times in the number of lecturers and teaching staff during the same period, Prof. Tafaj emphasised that given that the objective of the liberalisation of access to higher education has been mostly achieved, quality assurance remains as a crucial area that Albanian universities will need to deal with.

In this context, Prof. Tafaj referred to the improvement of the role and capacities of the Albanian Public Agency on Higher Education, the participation of foreign experts as members of the Accreditation Council as well as to the adoption of new quality standards for all the three cycles of studies as important developments that will have a positive effect on quality improvement at Albanian universities.

The other part of the presentation focused on the elaboration of the four main strategic priorities of the Strategy, namely:

  1. Quality improvement and the orientation of university studies towards the labour market needs;
  2. Specialization and differentiation of higher education institutions in compliance with the necessities of the economic development of the country;
  3. Optimisation of the financial resources invested in the higher education system at a national level;
  4. Consolidation of the management system of higher education by combining autonomy-accountability with good governance.

After the Minister’s speech, the Meeting continued with a fruitful exchange of views and opinions between the Minister and the University representatives. 

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