National Erasmus+ Office’s Meeting 2020

Date: 29th January, 2020

Venue: DG H.R Meeting Room, Brussels

Organized: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EACEA

On 29th January was held in Brussels the yearly event, NEO Meeting, bringing the National Erasmus+ Offices (NEOs) together to discuss issues regarding the management of the NEOs and specific elements proper to their role in promoting and monitoring the international dimension higher education of the Erasmus+ in their countries.

The NEO meeting includes as a fixed programme point the following elements:

  • regional meeting with the desk officers of DG EAC, the Head of Sectors A4 and the respective project officers EACEA;
  • bilateral meetings (each NEO with the project officer responsible).
  • introduction of the best practices and news on the programme.

If you need more information about NEO please find below:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/contacts/national-erasmus-plus-offices_en

Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education Grantholders’ Meeting

Date: 27-28 January 2020

Location: SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, Brussels

Organized: Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EACEA

On the 27th and 28th of January 2020, the National Erasmus + Office for HE in Albania, together with representatives of the 10 Winning Projects from the Albanian HEI, participated in the Erasmus + “Capacity Building in HE” program at the “Grant Holders 2020” meeting.

During the two-day meeting EACEA presented the technicalities, innovations, guides, tips for successful project implementation in the next two or three years.  During bilateral meetings between EACEA representatives with participants, more topics have been elaborated.

The meeting has been an excellent opportunity for new and experienced practitioners to exchange knowledge and to network with other projects.

We are very proud that Albania in the last call has increased the number of winners to 10 and 5 of them are coordinators of partnerships from Europe and the Western Balkans.

The winning projects in the 2019 CBHE Call are:

01 VTech@WBUni-“Accelerating Western Balkans University Modernization by Incorporating Virtual Technologies (VTech@WBUni)”, Project’s Leader UAMD UNIVERSITETI ALEKSANDER MOISIU DURRES, Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, POLIS, EPOKA

02 REACH- “Improving REsearch capacities of Albanian higher education institutions in conservation and restoration of Cultural Heritage”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI I ARTEVE, Albanian HEI’s partners; UPT, ASA Akademia e Studimeve Albanologjike, UNISHK, MESY

03 DRIVE- “Developing Research and InnoVation CapacitiEs in Albania and Kosovo”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI POLIS SHPK, Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, UPT.

04 INTERBA- “INTERnationalization at Home: Embedding Approaches and Structures to Foster Internationalization at Western Balkans”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI I TIRANES, Albanian HEI’s partners; UET.

05 BSTONE- “Higher Education–Enterprise platform for fostering, modernization and sustainable growth in natural stone industry in Western Balkans”, Project’s Leader UNIVERSITETI POLITEKNIK I TIRANES, Albanian HEI’s partners; UE, UoGJ

06 BLUEWBC- Sustainable development of BLUE economies through higher education and innovation in Western Balkan Countries”, Albanian HEI’s partners; UV, UT, DPDetare.

07 KnowHub “Reconnecting universities and enterprises to unleash regional innovation and entrepreneurial activity.” Albanian HEI’s partners; UV, UET.

08 QUADIC “Quality development of international cooperation and project management” Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, UAMD, UoGJ, UMT, UNIKO.

09 VALEU-X “Virtual Albanian European Universities Exchange” Albanian HEI’s partners; UET, EPOKA, UNISHK, UE, UAMD, UNIKO

10 GEOBIZ “Business driven problem-based learning for academic excellence in geoinformatics”, Albanian HEI’s partners; UPT, UT, Land & co National directory of GIZ and geoportal.

The link below is providing, Agenda,  Videos – Operational/Financial Management:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/events/erasmus-capacity-building-in-higher-education-grantholders-meeting_en

National Erasmus+ Office attending on “Me and Europe” Fair.

Date: 24th of January 2020

Venue: International Hotel. Tirana

Organized by: ASAN

Friday, January 24th, the National Erasmus + Office of HE attended on the “ME and EUROPE” fair organized by the Asan Network, in Tirana, within the framework of the European Union-funded “E-Citizens, Albania in Europe” initiative.

The event was attended by key stakeholders, organizations and institutions in the field of youth integration, who learned more about European Union values as well as information on study programs in Europe.

The Erasmus + National Office booth was visited by many students and young people who were briefed on the opportunities offered by Erasmus + such as student exchanges, applications for Joint Master Mundus Programme and PhD, Marie Currie.

For more detailed information you may find:

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/students/erasmus-mundus-joint-master-degrees_en

https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/node_en

https://ec.europa.eu/stages/home_en

UBT Monitoring Visit for KA1 Program “Student Exchanges and Staff”

Date: January 21, 2020

Location: Agricultural University of Tirana

Organized: Erasmus + National Office

The National Erasmus + AL Office in Albania, on January 21, conducted a monitoring visit for the Erasmus + Program “Student Exchange and Staff” (International Credit Mobility KA01) at the Agricultural University of Tirana.

UBT has successfully developed over the past two years over 26 Agreements with Universities from the 14 program countries where they have benefited;

– over 250 students- the possibility of student exchange at all three levels, bachelor, master and doctorate;

– over 100 academic staff, the opportunity to train or teach as well as about 80 academic staff from program countries have taught in UBTs premises.

Each academic year UBT announces the information, the list of KA1 Agreements (ICM) on the official website as the most transparent way of information, at the link:

https://ubt.edu.al/…/20…/04/Shkembimet-2019_UBT_Erasmus-.pdf

All calls for mobility are posted on the UBT official website. Link to UBT page https://ubt.edu.al/en/notifications/

Information Session on Erasmus + Program at POLIS University

Date: January 16, 2020

Location: Polis University

Organized by: U Polis and supported by the Erasmus + National Office

On Thursday, January 16th, the Project Office at Polis University in collaboration with the National Office Erasmus + are organizing an information meeting on the Erasmus + program at POLIS University, during which students learned more about exchange opportunities and Erasmus + projects.

During the event the students were informed about the application procedures, the necessary application documents, the deadlines and the 2020 call updates. Two Erasmus + mobility students at the University of Graz shared their experience on how to apply needed before and during mobility as well as some tips to get the most out of this unique experience.

Further information on Erasmus + opportunities was not missing during the briefing.

You can find more information on KA1:

Shkembimet afatshkurtra ICM

Vacancy Albania NEO Coordinator

European Commission recruitment

of the Local Coordinator for the

National Erasmus + Office in Albania (NEO)

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme that supports projects, partnerships, mobility and dialogue in education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Built on the experience and success of existing programmes, it aims at boosting skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work in the EU and in its partner countries all over the world. Erasmus+ includes a strong international dimension notably in the fields of higher education and youth.

The National Erasmus+ Offices (NEO) assist the Commission, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), and the Partner Country authorities concerned in the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme. Their mandate covers all supporting, promotion, monitoring and dissemination activities related to the international dimension of Erasmus+ activities in higher education (Credit Mobility, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, Capacity-building Higher Education, Jean Monnet).

For additional information on Erasmus +, please consult:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm

Minimum requirements for the post

  • University Master degree; a PhD would be an advantage;
  • At least 5 years of project management experience, some of which with international projects. Project management experience in higher education will be considered an asset.
  • Experience in public administration in the field of HE in Albania or abroad will be considered an asset.
  • Excellent analytical, presentation and reporting skills;
  • Excellent language skills: oral and written fluency in English and Albanian;
  • Experience as team leader. Team spirit, commitment as well as a strong sense of initiative;
  • Very good knowledge of the local and international environment and the higher education sector in the region;
  • Readiness to travel inside and, occasionally, outside Albania.

Other experience to be considered:

  • Experience in training and communication;
  • Good computer literacy (word, excel, power point).

How and Where to apply

Motivation letter and CV (europass format) to be sent to the following email address:

EACEA-EPLUS-CBHE@ec.europa.eu with e-mail subject: “Application – NEO-Albania”

Deadline for applications: 31 January 2020, midnight Brussels time

For further and full details on the job description and the application process please consult the website: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/albania/72834/local-coordinator-national-erasmus-office-albania-neo-vacancy_en

Training on “How to draft a good application on ‘Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education’ projects”

Date: 09 January 2020

Venue: Tirana International Hotel, “Metropol”

Organized by: NEO Albania & ‘‘Union programmes in Albania’’

National Erasmus+ Office in Albania in collaboration with ‘‘Union programmes in Albania’’ organized on 9 January 2020, one day training on “How to draft a good application on ‘Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education’ projects”.

 

50 participants were trained on how to apply in the program “Capacity Building in Higher Education” (CBHE), for the call “Erasmus + 2020”

During the training the participants were instructed, trained and informed on these topics:

how to fill in the application form until the selection of collaborators, preparation of LogFrame (Logical Framework), general objective of the project, specific objectives, results, indicator, activities, risk assessment matrix and Emergency planning assumptions, etc.

The call for applications 2020, is expected to have very good results for the Albanian HEIs, comparing with the previous calls, the last one, Call2019 concluded with the selection of 10 winning CBHE projects, 5 of them will be coordinated by Albanian Universities.

For more information please click on the program guide link CBHE:
https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/…/capacity-building-in-the-field…

ATTENTION: Check carefully at the changes for the “Call 2020”.

The activity agenda:

CBHE Training Agenda – 9 January 2020

    

Monitoring Visit LNSS Project, UBT

Date: January 08, 2020

Location: Agricultural University of Tirana

Organized by: NEO Albania and UBT-LNSS Project

 

On January 8, 2020, a monitoring visit of the LNSS project “Project Library Support Services: Modernizing libraries in the Western Balkans through the staff development and reform of library services” took place. (Library Network Support Services: Modernizing libraries in the Western Balkans through staff development and reforming library services)

The project is funded by the European Commission under the program “Capacity Building in Higher Education” (CBHE). The third year of the LNSS project has been successfully completed and the two Albanian partners UBT and UNIKO (University of Korça “Fan S. Noli”) have successfully achieved the main objective; modernization of libraries, through staff development and reform of library services. The libraries of both universities have built bilingual cards, Albanian and English, and are now part of the joint system of European Partner Libraries and Western Balkan countries.

 

For more information on the project website:

www.lnss-projects.eu/

 

Further information about CBHE project:

http://erasmusplus.al/?page_id=1114

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/capacity-building-in-the-field-of-higher-education-2020_en

 

Monitoring Visit of the Project GRADUA, UBT

Date: 08 January, 2020

Venue: Agriculture University of Tirana

Organized by: NEO Albania+ AUT-GRADUA Project

On January 08, 2020, a monitoring visit of the project “Graduates Advancement and Development of University Capacities in Albania” supported by Erasmus + program was held at the Agricultural University of Tirana. “Capacity Building for Higher Education”.

The project, with a consortium of 16 + 1 partners from Europe and Albania, aims to create concrete synergies between Universities and the labor market by providing a unifying system. The platform created is available to graduates and businesses. Generating reports from the system will assist education system performances and provide innovative recruitment tools.

To register companies / students, follow the link below:

http://gradua.almalaurea.it and you can use the “Enterprises Manual”

By using the platform, enterprises will be able to find the right candidates based on their studies and skills. Be in touch with skilled workers directly from the university.

For further information the project website:

www.graduaproject.com

ubt.edu.al/sq/gradua-project/

Further information about CBHE project:

http://erasmusplus.al/?page_id=1114

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/capacity-building-in-the-field-of-higher-education-2020_en

Monitoring Visit of the Project Vtech@WBUni, UAMD

Date: 07 January, 2020

Venue: “Aleksandër Moisiu” University of Durrës, Durrës

Organized by: NEO Albania and UAMD-Project Vtech@WBUni

The first Kick of Meeting of the project Vtech@WBUni , “Accelerating Western Balkans University Modernization by Incorporating Virtual Technologies”  was held at “Aleksandër Moisiu” University of Durrës, The project undertaken by 11 partners, 4 from Albania (UAMD, EPOKA, UPolis, UET), 2 from Kosovo (UT, UBT) and 5 from the program countries (Mother Teresa University, South East European University, University of Tartu, Lodz University of Technology, University of Ljubljana), and the Project Leader is “Aleksandër Moisiu” University. The project will be developed in three years and aims to modernize of Universities and Building Digital Society through Virtual Technologies.

For the first time at WB universities, will be introduce the concept of virtual technologies as a tool for accelerating university modernization, while contributing on developing knowledge-driven society.

-Increase the quality and level of efficiency in teaching and knowledge retention through interactive learning methods

-Contribute on skills enhancement and further building of digital society at WB countries.

Direct beneficiaries: universities, schools, teachers, students, regional industries and businesses.

Further information about the project:

www.vtech-project.eu

Further information about the CBHE Erasmus+ programme:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/funding/capacity-building-in-the-field-of-higher-education-2020_en

http://erasmusplus.al/?page_id=1114