BOLOGNA PROCESS - A Challenging Process for Albanian Universities Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lindita MILO (LATI), Vice-Rector of University of Tirana, ALBANIA
structure • National Response to Bologna Objectives • University of Tirana
Bologna Action Lines • Adoption of a system of easily readable and comparable degrees; • Adoption of a system based on three cycles (undergraduate, post-graduate, doctorate) • Establishment of a system of credits; • Promotion of mobility for students, academics and administrative staff; • Promotion of European co-operation in QA; • Promotion of European dimension in higher education;
Bologna Action Lines • Life-long learning in higher education; • Role for strong higher education institutions etc; • Promoting the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) • Doctoral studies and the link between the EHEA and European Research Area
WHAT ARE THE LIKELY PROBLEM AREAS ? • Credit • Joint Awards • Erasmus Standards and Credit • Quality Assurance
THE CHALLENGE • Define goals for Albanian Higher Education in view of developments in Europe and beyond • Take due account of the specific situation of Albania… • …but not as an excuse for inaction • Translate goals into legal provision and policies • Gain support of actors (academics, students) and public • Gain the confidence of international partners
National Response to Bologna • Partnership approach employed in several strands • National conferences to be held in advance of every Ministerial Conference • National Initiatives also reflect, and where appropriate, incorporate Bologna actions;
……….Stocktaking Group • Degree System • Stage of implementation of the first and second cycle and access to the next cycle • More action required on Diploma supplement and student involvement in quality assurance; • Framework for Qualifications in EHEA • Vision is compatible with National Framework for Qualifications • ENQA - Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in EHEA • Principles within legislation of higher education
The University of Tirana Address: Sheshi “Nënë Tereza”; www.unitir.edu.al tel: 04228402; fax: 04223981
The University of Tirana was founded on 16 September 1957 under the name of State University of Tirana. The State University of Tirana was composed of 6 faculties in which some previously established institutes were included, such as: • Institute of Science (1947) • Institute of Medicine (1951) • Polytechnic Institute (1951) • Institute of Economics (1951) • Institute of Law (1954) The University of Tirana and the Polytechnic University were founded in 1991 from the State University of Tirana.
The University of Tirana consists of: • 8 Faculties • Faculty of Law • Faculty of Economics • Faculty of Foreign Languages • Faculty of Natural Sciences • Faculty of Medicine • Faculty of Social Sciences • Faculty of History and Philology • Faculty of Nursery • 51 Departments • School of Distance Learning • Master in European Studies
The Senate • Composed by 40 members • The Rector of the University of Tirana is the Chairperson of the Senate. • The Senate of the University of Tirana is a supreme collegial body elected by the University.
24 350 students (full time and part time) continue their studies in the University of Tirana. • The University of Tirana has: • 802 Full time academics • 331 Assisting staff • 870 Part time academics Qualification: • 420 Professors and Associate Professors • 219 Doctors
Mission • To prepare specialists in specific professions, conducting educational activities. • To develop new scientists, in the fields it covers through scientific research. • To conduct research studies and development activities. • To provide a life long learning process.
For the academic year2005 – 2006according to Bologna ProcessThe University of TiranapreparedIts Guideline
2005 – 2006Curricula according to the Bologna Process Cycles University of Tirana started its academic year 2005 – 2006 with the new curricula compiled according to the Bologna Process.University of Tirana gives 55 diferent Bachelor diploma.The duration of Bachelor is generally 3 years.For Law and Economics studies diploma the duration is 3.5 - 4 years.University of Tirana deliver second cycle, “Master” level.The duration of a Master degree is 2 years or 1 year.The 3d cycle- “Doctorate” is given after completing the Master and it lasts from 3 to 5 years.
Faculty of Natural Sciences • -Environmental Biology • - Industrial Chemistry • - Mathematics Engineering and Informatics • - Mathematics • - Chemistry and Food Technology • - Chemistry • Biology • Informatics • - Physics • Faculty of Medicine • - General Medicine • - Dentistry • - Pharmacy • Faculty of Infirmary • - General Infirmary • - Midwife • - Lab Technician • - Logopedia Titles of the Degree Bachelor • Faculty of Social Sciences • Social Work • - Psychology • - Politics and Governing Political Sciences • - Philosophy • - Sociology • Faculty of Economics • -Economic Computing • - Ekonomics • - Finance Specialist • - Bank Specialist • Accountant specialist • - Business Managing • - Public Administration • - Marketing Manager • - Tourism Manager • Faculty of Law • - Lawyer • Faculty of History and Philology • - History • - Albanian Language-Literature • - Geography • - Journalism • Faculty of Foreign Languages • French(Frenchlanguage,literature and civilization; translation and interpretation; language and communication • - Italian(Italianlanguage,literature and civilization; translation and interpretation; language and communication) • German(Germanlanguage,literature and civilization; translation and interpretation; language and communication) • - Slavic-Balkan Languages (language,literature and Slavic-Balkan civilization; translation and interpretation; language and communication) • - English(language; British and American studies; English language methodology; translation and interpretation)
Bologna as a process • The number of optional modules has increased - up to 20% of all Bachelor curriculum • Teaching is integrated with research and development. • Internal evaluation group is already established in each faculty and are trained from Agency of Accreditation for Higher Education.
Research Activity • Departments cover a field or a scientific orientation for which they have institutional responsibility • The institution of the professor functions in the department and the working groups are in the shape of a pyramid, the top of which is the professor and then the Doctorate and Master postgraduates as well as the students. Research activity is performed through projects funding introduced by government or/and various grants for research scholars.
Students` Life • Students of the University of Tirana are accommodated in the campus named “Students` City”. • At Students` disposal are the canteen, theater hall, cinema, conference room, library, game-hall, study-hall, media room, Health Center, social service office for the youth.