“What youth thinks is important! Youth looks into the future… and the future of Albania is the European Union.” Luigi Soreca, (online) CIT, May 8th 2020.
Canadian Institute of Technology (CIT) and the Institute of Collaboration for Integration and Development (ICID), organized on Friday, May 8, 2020, the virtual symposium “Progress of Society through University Cooperation in Europe.”
The event was opened by the Vice-Rector for Research and External Relations of the University College Canadian Institute of Technology, Prof. Assoc. Dr. Reis Mulita. Among the messages related to the event, Prof. Mulita emphasized the role that universities in Albania can and should have in accelerating the process of Albania’s integration into the European Union, through cooperation and strengthening partnerships with universities in partner countries.
EU Ambassador in Albania His Excellency Luigi Soreca, the guest of honor at this symposium focused on the role of youth and the digital agenda. Ambassador Soreca underlined that despite the pandemic situation, the Europe Week for Albania comes after a very important moment, that of the decision of the European Council on March 25 to open membership negotiations. The opinion of young people today throughout Europe is important, and as the Eurobarometer data show, the most pro-European citizens are young people between the ages of 18 and 34. The youth sees towards the future and the future of Albania is the European Union, – said Ambassador Soreca. The EU’s approach to youth is a combination of not only policies but also the implementation of programs, such as the Erasmus + program, which is possible not only for young people in Europe but also for Albanian students. There is an exponential increase in the number of Erasmus students in Albania. If in 2015 only 550 students completed the exchange at a European university, in 2019 there are more than 5500 students who have benefited from the Erasmus + exchange program.
Also, the number of students from European universities who have selected Albania has increased. Today we are talking about more than 3200 students from different European universities who came to Albania with the Erasmus + program. In his speech, Ambassador Soreca also emphasized the importance of the digital agenda for the Balkan region, and especially Albania, as well as the initiatives of the European Commission in support of this reform. Students and professors then addressed questions and assessments in a constructive conversation with the ambassador.
During the second session, lecturer Dr. Dorian Jano presented the initiatives of the Canadian Institute of Technology in the field of cooperation with 15 European universities. Afterward, Prof. Dr. Pedro Tadeu of the Polytechnic University of Guardia presented the importance of internationalizing universities by illustrating it with concrete examples from his experience of engaging in European programs.
Lecturer, Dr. Armando Memushi brought his experience to the Erasmus Mundus joint Master’s program. Students Niklekaj and Margegaj, currently conducting an exchange program at the University of Nice in Poland, testified about their positive experience, despite the pandemic situation.
Meanwhile, CIT students Dega and Spahia, participants of the online module Jean Mone at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, presented the innovation of online teaching, emphasizing the importance of inter-discipline. At the end of this virtual meeting, the invitation remained open for other activities of this nature