List of international cooperation in research and teaching
TEMPUS Programme 1 & 2 – Curriculum Development Bachelor and Master Study Mechatronics Management in Kosovo (ULMK) & (MSMMK) – The program provides a well-structured education in principles of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering and management. Different modules are structured in order to equip the student with the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.The mechatronics engineering program at UBT is the only one of its kind in the country and the region.The need for a study program that combines aspects of mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, control systems and computer systems was seen as extremely important for the country and the region. Moreover training the future generations of engineers and giving them a comprehensive set of skills is extremely important for engineering industry and for society.
TEMPUS Programme 3 – “Supporting and Developing the Structures for the Q&A at the Private Higher Education Institutions in Kosova”- The TEMPUS project focused was definition quality assurance that can be understood as all actions taken to ensure that standards and procedures are adhered to and that delivered products or services meet performance requirements. In particular for higher education institutions this definition implies, that quality assurance is a continuous process of improvement accompanying the development of knowledge and experience in a given discipline, the requirements of the market and the stakeholders and the national and international legislative demands.
TEMPUS Programme4 – “Encouraging the process of curriculum development based on learning outcomes in the privat higher education institution of Kosova “- The Project is designed to provide support the HEI of Kosovo for Curriculum design based on learning outcomes, involvement of stakeholders, and sharing the experience regarding curriculum design from the different EU universities. UBT is very much dedicated to the project and always contribute with its experience in order it increase the benefit as it is aim of the project.
TEMPUS Programme 5 – UBT is also part of the Tempus 5 programme on higher education.
ERASMUS MUNDUS Programme –EM2STEM (2010-2014)- The first tangible outcome of this new partnership has been the formation of a consortium of 18 universities (led by City University), to bid for Erasmus Mundus EM2-STEM (Western Balkans) funding for 264 staff and student motilities at Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels. The bid designated UBT as coordinator for the eight universities from the Western Balkans. The bid was successful, with Euro 3.9 million awarded over three years; a total of 37 mobility places allocated to Kosovo (second highest allocation); the kick-off meeting was held in Berlin in January 2011.
ERASMUS MUNDUS Programme –SIGMA (2012-2016) – Based on evaluation and results of the UBT students during the mobility at Erasmus Mundus Programm EM2STEM, UBT is again part of the consortium fir a new Erasmus Mundus Programm called SIGMA.Through this programm UBT will make possible the mobility of about 20 student to the EU partner Universities (see list below) and welcomes all intereseted student to be part of the UBT study programs.Through the program UBT, and its students, are doing promotion of the Kosovo’s young generation oriented to the global education.
AEP Academic Exchange Programme – UBT and Jovik University Norway have reached an agreement of cooperation in staff development, teching and research.
UBT- City University Joint-Research – UBT and City University London have signed a cooperation agreement for joint research.
SEECEL- The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning – UBT has been part of the SEECEL The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) that is a regional institution with a mission to promote inclusion of entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurial literacy in eight pre accession countries of South East Europe (SEE). SEE- CEL is financed by the European Union (EU). There is widespread recognition that entrepreneurship is the driving force behind national economies and societies. Entrepreneurship brings benefits both at the society level and at the individual level through personal satisfaction and achievement, while also promoting sustainable and smart growth and development.Parallel to the evolution of the field of entrepreneurship, there is increasing interest in the development of educational programs to encourage and foster individual entrepreneurial competences.
Improvement of investment and entrepreneurial climate in Kosovo- Kosova/EU-Czech Republic/SOROS – The project expects to impact on Kosovo regions abilities to create favorable conditions for attracting FDI and accelerating economic transformation. As the Kosovo regional development players often lack examples and best practice on how to actively promote FDI and attract foreign investors, the project’s anticipated impact should result in strengthened capacities of regional development agencies and their nongovernmental counterparts. This, in turn, should lead to increase of number of FDI projects located in Kosovo regions; and, ultimately, to accelerated social and economic transformation of Kosovo regions with all associated positive effects. International impact expected from the outcomes and results of the activities of this initiative. On the international level the project hopes to lead to improved international competitiveness of Kosovo since FDI projects located in a host economy directly impact on country’s business sophistication, infrastructure development, market efficiency and capacity for innovation – all of which are included in global competitiveness measures (e.g. Global Competitiveness Index). Workshop for all institution involved in the attracting the Foreign Direct Investment. Study visit for 12 stakeholders involved in strategy created for FDI.
Investment Friendly Municipality-Kosova/EU-Czech Republic/Local Government – Provision of highly practical advice, expertise and know-how in FDI promotion to municipalities of a selected Kosovo region. Sharing of an internationally recognized accreditation methodology developed in the Czech Republic with Kosovo partners. Accreditation of up to 15 municipalities from a selected Kosovo region in FDI promotion and further. Increased awareness about the role of FDI in economic development in Kosovo.
Feasibility Study for Economic Zone of Gjilan and Novoberde Municipality- Kosova/EU-Czech Republic/Local Government – This study was commissioned by Kosovo municipalities of Gjilan and Novobërdë to determine the market demand and financial viability Of establishing an economic zone in Llabjan.The study was prepared under a Czech development cooperation program Aid for Trade 2013 by a Czech contractor CzechINVENT Technology Agency and Quality Kosova Institution of UBT.
GEOBIZ: The main aim of the GEOBIZ project is strengthening the capacity of academic institutions to better respond to the needs of the emerging geoinformatics industry in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova and Montenegro with emphasis on the following aspects:
Establishing new and innovative forms of business-academia cooperation to support interaction in teaching/learning processes in geoinformatics.
Establishment of business-academia platform supporting excellence in geoinformatics.
Developing innovative teacher training programs and practical teaching/learning methodologies and content in technology-based courses in geoinformatics leaned on business-driven needs and experience.
Implementing state-of-the art techniques in geoinformatics teaching process.
In other to achieve the main objective, the project specific objectives are:
(1) To improve and increase business-academia cooperation in geoinformatics at partner universities.
(2) Establish business-academia interactive training program for teachers of geoinformatics courses following Bologna standards.
(3) To create of technological preconditions (establishment of geoinformatics labs) for partner HEI’s.
(4) Develop and pilot number of improved university (practical part) and LLL courses
(5) Set up technological platforms to share business-based practical examples in geoinformatics among partners and countries.
(6) Embed a culture of quality to the project, its outputs and outcomes.
(7) Facilitate adequate management tools for the correct implementation of the project
PhDICTKES: Development and Implementation of a PhD program in ICT for Kosovo Education System, which is co-funded by Erasmus Key Action 2, under the reference number: 609990-EPP-1-2019-1-SE-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP. Kosovo’s lack of an ICT PhD program limits involvement on the international stage in academic and industry dialogue and advancements. A national PhD program will create a qualified educational milieu with stakeholders who will contribute to discussions of modernization and accessibility, regionally and globally. The purpose of this project is to develop and initiate an ICT PhD, commencing with three Kosovo HEI : University of Prishtina, UBT – Higher Education Institution and University of Prizren.
QUADIC: The overall goal of this project is to improve higher education provision in Kosovo and Albania, by building institutional capacity for international relations whereby establishing or making fully functional respective offices (including capacity for project cycle management) in all nine Kosovo and five Albanian consortium members.
This project will build institutional capacity for the internationalization of HE in Kosovo and Albania, by improving capacity for project development and management through international expertise made available by European HEIs partnering in this project and exchange of good practice between the consortium members. This will make way for local higher education institutions to engage confidently in various academic and research cooperation initiatives in the region, in Europe and wider.
The aim of the project is establish and develop fourteen fully functional offices of international cooperation that will also include the function of project cycle management. Currently, none of the new public universities in Kosovo and Albania has the capacity to fully run an International Cooperation Office, at a time when over 50% of students in European Higher Education institutions are studying or participating in one or another form of international studies and when a significant part of university life takes place in the form of various exchanges and mobilities. This makes it of paramount importance to build respective capacity for all members. This will ultimately contribute substantially to the quality of provision and will enrich university life and experiences of the student population in Kosovo and Albania. Therefore, having in mind the possibility of Erasmus + project to support this idea, we initiated the work as a consortium on developing this idea.
The project will have very high importance in addressing increasing isolation, lack of quality international cooperation and lack of project initiatives from Kosovo and Albania universities.