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Tirana, 08 June 2016

The Centre for Innovation, Development and Research at the Canadian Institute of Technology (CIT) and the European University of Tirana (UET) have initiated a new intervention for the establishment of COORP – Collaborative Offline and Online Platform. This pilot intervention is supported by PERFORM, a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This intervention was presented to PERFORM by Fabjan Lashi (CIT - Bio) and Blerjana Bino (UET - Bio), who are now both working for its implementation starting from April 2016.

The overall aim is to assist in networking and integration of the Albanian academic community into the international community of researchers, and to respond efficiently to Calls for research funding. COORP has two dimensions: a) the capacity development or offline dimension; and b) the set of the platform or the online dimension. More concretely, the specific objectives of COORP are:

  • To provide networking possibilities, trainings and information on European and other funding opportunities for researchers in Albania, mainly from social sciences and related fields;
  • To create an information-sharing online platform the “COORP”, which will meet and match calls and researchers for the application; provide access to the documentation and procedures for application and partnership facilitation; offer consultancy service for the above;
  • To gather information on diaspora researchers, by contacting and registering them, as an added value for the initiative.

COORP brings together 13 public and private universities in Albania

The first meeting on COORP was held on the 08th June 2016 at CIT. The aim of the meeting was to bring together all COORP partners, introduce COORP and discuss future plan of activities as well as needs assessment of the researchers’ community for capacity development. In line with the new law on higher education in Albania and the attempts of the Albanian Government for a national reform on science and research, COORP brought together 13 main universities in Albania both from the public and the private sector.

The public universities are: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana; Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana; University Aleksander Moisiu – Durres; University Aleksander Xhuvani – Elbasan; University Fan S. Noli – Korça; University Luigj Gurakuqi – Shkodra. The private universities are: CIT, UET, EPOKA University, Polis University, Marin Barleti University, Luarasi University, New York University of Tirana. In addition, participants included young researchers, representatives from think tanks and research centres in Albania.  

The partnership is built upon the following principles: first, to move away from the antagonist dichotomy of public vs. private higher education; second, to cooperate for project development and research; third, to exchange best practices and share research resources and infrastructure in order to be more competitive in funding at the national, regional and European level. The partnership is based on a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Rectors of the universities and the contact point for COORP are the chairs of research units within universities as well as proactive researchers. Also, COORP is cooperating with the Agency for Research, Technology and Information (ARTI) of the Council of Ministers in order to share database information and build synergies for mutual activities addressing the research community.

The event was also covered by the press, a full article on the daily national newspaper MAPO can be found here and also the photos of the event here.

Click here for the Agenda!


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