The Albanian Erasmus + Office in cooperation with the Albanian HERE team (Higher Education Reform Experts) organized the third national workshop on Empowering universities to fulfill their responsibility for internal quality assurance, on 19-th of December 2014, at the premises of the University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”.

The event was attended by over 120 participants, coming from all the Albanian universities, staff of higher education agencies, ministry officials and students. The aim of the seminar was to encourage reflection and discussion among academics, experts and ministerial representatives from all over the country on the general challenges and trends in Internal Quality Assurance mechanisms in Albanian Higher Education Institutions and the role of Tempus projects in that perspective.  For this reason, representatives of different Tempus project with focus on Quality assurance shared their experiences and discussed the impact of Tempus projects in the improvement of internal quality assurance mechanisms and processes. A very important input was given by the representatives ofEUREQA TEMPUS project (ref 530631-2012-1-BE-TEMPUS-JPGR), Mr Fatmir Mema, the vice dean of the Economic Faculty, Tirana University and Mrs Arjeta Troshani, the Dean of the Economic Faculty, Shkodra University. Moreover, Mrs. Anila Paparisto, HERE and member of the National Council for the Reform of Higher Education in Albania gave a very interesting panorama of the main challenges on Internal QA provoking lively debates among the participants. The results of this national workshop are expected to feed into the debate on the Accreditation Reform which is currently in place. This event had a very large media coverage.