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The International Office at Unversum College

Erasmus+ Projects

Universum College has 78 Credit Mobility agreements and 4 active Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education projects. Our institution has more KA1 and KA2 projects than the majority of HEIs in Kosovo, combined.

Internationalization of our university remains as one of our academic and professional priorities. As a part of our policy we consistently update our internationalization strategies in order to optimize the mechanisms that facilitate professional exchanges amongst staff and students. Hence, we are always looking forward to establish cooperation with respective institutions across Europe and beyond. Universum College is recognized as the most internationalized institution in Kosovo. This subsequently has resulted from the ever increasing number of students and staff whom have obtained international experience by participating in exchange activities, projects as well as joint partnerships with various institutions worldwide. With three different innovative campuses in the most dynamic and attractive cities in Kosovo, Universum College has always been the number one selection of both native and international students. Hence, we strive to keep our trophy and consistently look for new partners and cooperating institutions.

We are fully committed to internationalization in order:

  • to strengthen international thinking, culture and development by focusing on research, studies and exchanges,
  • to increase the number of partnerships and reduce the impact of stereotypes resulting from communication and cultural barriers amongst people of different backgrounds,
  • to increase the international competitiveness of Universum College, by boosting the number of mobility of international students,
  • to minimize the number of students and staff who have not experienced international opportunities and participated in joint activities,
  • to promote Universum College and Kosovo on the international arena by ensuring qualitative, professional and entertaining partnerships.

Within Erasmus + Credit Mobility program we are consistently looking for partnerships, aiming at increasing the number of exchange students, faculty and staff in order to further expand our cooperation and creating international partnerships. The table below consists of our current partners. However, we are currently in ongoing negotiations with many other partnering institutions. Thus, jointly we want to enhance our academic and cultural backgrounds and experiences.

No.Project year CountryCityInstitution
12018United KingdomStafforfdshireStaffordshire University
22018United KingdomLondonRegent's University
32018United KingdomBradfordBradford University
42020United KingdomBirminghamUniversity of Birmingham
52019NetherlandMaasrtichtMaastricht University
62019NetherlandRotterdaminHolland University of Applied Science
72020DenmarkCopenhagenAolborg University
82020FranceRennesScience Po Rennes
92019FranceEssonneInstitut Mines Telecom Business School
102019BelgiumKortrijkVives University of Applied Science
112020BelgiumFlandresThe Thomas More Universiyt of Applied Science
122019GermanyDuiesburg-EseenDuiesburg-Essen university
132017GermanyLudwigshafenLudwigshafen University of Applied Science
142018GermanyMarburgPhilipps-Universität of Margburg
152020GermanyVechtaUniversity of Vechta
162017FinlandKajaaniKajani Univeristy
172018FinlandKuopioSavonia University of Applied Science
182020FinlandKuopioUniveristy of Eastern Finland
192019SpainValladolidUniversity  of Valladolid
202019SpainGaliciaUNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
212020SpainGranadaUniversity of Granada
222020SpainHuelvaUniversity of Huelva
232020SpainCordobaUNIVERSIDAD DE CÓRDOBA
242020SpainSevillaUniversity of Sevilla
252020SpainVigoUniversity of Vigo
262020SpainFerrolUniversidade A Coruna
272020SpainMalagaUniversity of Malaga
282020SpainCadizUniversity of Cadiz
292019GreeceCreteUniversity of Crete
302019GreecePatrasUniversity of Patras
312019PortugalBejaPolytechnic Institute of Beja
322019PortugalCoimbraINSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE COIMBRA
332019PortugalCovilhãUniversity Beriera Interior
342019PortugalPortoISAG - European Business School
352019PortugalAlgavreUniversity of Algavre
362018PortugalTomarPolytechnic Institute of Tomar
372019PortugalBragaUNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
382017PortugalLisbonNova Universidade de Lisboa
392020PortugalAveiroUniversidade de Aveiro
402020PortugalEvoraUniversidade de Évora
412020PortugalPortoUniversity Fernando Pessoa
422019ItalyRomeRoma University Tor Vergata
432019ItalyRomeUniversita Telematica di Roma 
442019ItalyPalermoUniversity of Palermo
452019ItalyBergamoUniversità degli studi di Bergamo
462017ItalyFoggiaUniversity of Foggia 
472018ItalyBeneventoTelematic University "Giustino Fortunato"
482018ItalyPalermoLumsa University of Palermo
492018ItalyL'AquilaUniversity of L’Aquila
502020ItalyViterboUniversity of Tuscia
512020ItalyRomeSapienza University of Rome
522019RumaniaGalatiDunarea de Jos University of Galati
532017RumaniaTargu-MuresUniversitatea „Dimitrie Cantemir” din Tîrgu Mureş,
542020RumaniaConstanzaOvidius University of Constanta
552020RumaniaPetrosaniUniversity of Petrosani
562020RumaniaAradUniversity of Arad
572018EstoniaTallinTalTech-Talling Technology Univeristy
582017Czech RepublicBrunoMasarzki Univerzita 
592019Czech RepublicOpavaSilesian University
602020Czech RepublicPragueMetropolital University of Prague
612020HungaryBudapestObuda University
622019LithuaniaVilniusVilniaus Kolegija
632019LithuaniaVilniusKazimieras Simonavičius Universit
642017LithuaniaVilnius Mykolas Romires University
652020LithuaniaKlaipėdaLCC International University
662020LithuaniaŠiauliai Šiauliai State College
672019SlovakiaBystricaMatej Bel University
682020SlovakiaKosicePavol Jozef Šafárik University
692019PolandNysaUniversity of Applied Sciences in Nysa
702019PolandLodzUniversity of Lodz
712017PolandWroclawWroclaw University of Science and Technology
722017PolandKwidzynPowislanski College in Kwidzyn
732019PolandLublinUniversity of Economics and Innovation Lublin (WSEI)
742020PolandBiała PodlaskaPope John Paul II - State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska
752020PolandKrakowCracow University of Economics
762020PolandWarsawAcademy of Fine of Warsaw
772020PolandKliszState Universiyt of Applied Science
782020PolandZawodovaUniversity of Aplied Science
792019LatviaRigaUniversity of Latvia
802019LatviaLiepajaLiepaja Universty
812018LatviaRigaTuriba University
822020LatviaRigaRiga Technical University
832019CroatiaRijekaPAR Business School
842019SloveniaLubljanaVŠR College of Accounting and Finance
852016SloveniaLubljanaInternational School of Busines SS -ISSBS
862018SloveniaLubljanaNova Pravna Fakulta
872020BulgariaVeliko TarnovoSt.Cyril and St.Methodius University
882019BulgariaSofiaUniversity of National and World Economy 
892018TurkeyUsakUsak University
902019TurkeyIstanbulAydin University
912019TurkeyIstanbulİstanbul Rumeli University
922019TurkeyIstanbulIstanbul Ticaret University
932019TurkeySiirtSiirt university
942019TurkeyErizincanErzincan University
952019TurkeyRizeRecep Tayyip Erdogan University
962019TurkeyIstanbulYildiz Teknik University
972019TurkeyAnkaraTED University
982019TurkeyGaziosmanpasaTokat Gaziosmanpaşa University
992019TurkeyAntalyaAntalya Bilim University
1002019TurkeyBartinBartin University
1012020TurkeyIstanbulBAHCESEHIR UNIVERSITY
1022019TurkeyIstanbulIstanbul Okan University
1032019TurkeyMusMus Alparslan Universitesi
1042019TurkeyMardinMardin Artuklu University.
1052019TurkeySakaryaSakarya University
1062016TurkeyNidgeNidge University
1072016TurkeyAfyonkarahisarAfyon Kocatepe University
1082017TurkeySamsunOndokus Mayis 
1092015TurkeyAnkaraMiddle East Technical University-METU 
1102018TurkeyIstanbulAltinbas University
1112019TurkeyBingolBingol University
1122020TurkeyKirikkaleKirikkale Univeristy
1132020TurkeyKutahyaKütahya Dumlupınar University
1142019MacedoniaSkopjeEuropean University

Universum College has been participating in several projects under Erasmus + programme. Through these projects we aim at increasing our capacities, promoting internationalization, increasing professional cooperation, establishing strong partnerships, and fostering cultural exchanges.

Capacity Building Projects that we have been involved in are:

eDRIVE

Project objectives:

The general objective of eDRIVE is to contribute in the development of the research and innovation capacities of HEIs in Albania and Kosovo by enhancing their institutional capabilities, staff skills and networking.
Specifically, the project intends to:
Enhance the teachers’ capacities and their methodologies so that they effectively equip the students (graduate level and beyond) with the skills to conduct independent research.
Enhance the mentors’ capacities to effectively guide the students in their research activity.
Enhance the research capacities of the academic and managerial staff through study visits and tailored trainings.
Strengthen the managerial capacities for research activities and innovation in institutional level by setting or strengthening dedicated research and innovation support structures (RISS).
Promote research excellence and innovation by developing a network that eases the interdisciplinarity and cooperation among local and international actors.

Partners:

  • Polis University, Albania
  • European University of Tirana, Albania
  • Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania
  • Universum College, Kosovo
  • University of Prishtina, Kosovo
  • University of Gjakova, Kosovo
  • Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
  • Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Aalborg University, Denmark

INTERBA – Internationalization at Home: Embedding Approaches and Structures to Foster Internationalization at Western Balkans

The internationalization of higher education is not regarded as a goal in itself anymore, but as a means to improve the quality of education and increase the relevance of HEIs within the society at large (Jibeen & Khan, 2015). Notably, for higher education institutions from developing countries, internationalization brings significant benefits in terms of improving academic quality as it provides an opportunity to learn and experience effective practices in teaching and learning, foster development of human capacities through international collaboration, and graduate students interculturally competent by being exposed to an international setting.

Student and staff mobility has been the most visible part of internationalization and the primary path to increase the knowledge about engagement with the word in the Balkan region. However, this group speaks to a handful of people who are able or willing to embark on an international mobility. Thus, approaching internationalization on a more holistic way, by embedding and strengthening “internationalization at home”, is vital. Internationalization at Home refers to the policies and processes that purposefully integrate international and intercultural aspects into the curricular and co-curricular activities for students.

WIDER OBJECTIVE

Strengthening international, intercultural and global dimension via Internalisation at Home (IaH) implementation at partner HEIs in order to enhance the quality of education and to make a meaningful contribution to the society

Partners:

  • Middlesex Univeristy – UK
  • Hamburg University of Technology – Germany
  • University of Cagliari – Italy
  • European Centre of Studies and Initiatives – Italy
  • European University of Tirana – Albania
  • University of Tirana – Albania
  • Universum College – Kosovo
  • University of Prishtina – Kosovo
  • University of Tuzla – BiH
  • University of MOstar – BiH
  • University of Montenegro – BiH

ITEM-(Innovative Teaching Education in Mathematics)

ITEM aims at improving and increasing academic and professional capacities of students. This project has a wide spectrum of tools, methodologies as well as programs that targets mathematic skills of first year students enrolled in Computer Science and/or Electrical Engineering. Some of the aims and objectives of this project are:

  • Motivate students to learn mathematics.
  • Engage students in mathematics studies.
  • Build students confidence in their ability to acquire mathematics skills.
  • Reduce failure rate in mathematics courses.
  • Improve teaching and teaching deliverable tools along mathematics lecture sessions.
  • Promote inter-disciplinary teaching.
  • Build digital literacy of teachers & students.
  • Advance machine – human collaboration.
  • Promote a personalized education.
  • Enhance student & teacher mobility between Program and Partner Countries.
  • Support life-long learning.

Our partner universities in ITEM are:

  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology,
  • Holon Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Hadassah Academic College (HAC), Israel
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Ceske Vysoke Uceni Technicke, Czech Republic
  • Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece

 STEPS (MSc in Sustainable Food Production Systems)

This project aims at implementing modern MSc programs in sustainable food production systems. Through this project academic programs and courses will be reviewed, redesigned and integrated with modern MSc material. Such programs aim at supporting the development of agriculture and sustainable food production.

Our partner universities in this project are:

  • Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania
  • European University of Tirana,/Albania
  • University of Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cantonal Ministry of Education Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
  • University of Agronomic Sciences Bucharest, Romania
  • Technologiko Ekpaideftiko Idryma Steras Elladas, Greece
  • ReadLab C. GreeceTechnologiko Ekpaideftiko Idryma Steras Elladas, Greece
  • ReadLab C, Greece

e-VIVA (Enhancing and Validating Service-Related Competencies in Versatile Learning Environments in Western Balkan Universities)

This project aims at creating a blended learning approach to facilitate and validate competence development related to service orientation in rather informal learning contexts in higher education institutions and workplace learning contexts. Its contribution relies in the demonstration of those competencies that are of fundamental importance in the labor market and that are acquired to a large extent in non-formalized learning contexts. With its approach of combining higher education and professional practice, e-VIVA will contribute to an improved transparency of the acquired competencies in a transnational comparative scale. Moreover, it will provide learning and validation opportunities in highly contextualized and individualized learning settings. All this will also create new learning pathways and eventually lead to a better matching of learning contents and individual learning styles (preferences).

Our partner universities in this project are:

  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  • University of Duisburg Essen, Germany
  • Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia
  • University Mother Teresa, Macedonia
  • University of Elbasan Aleksander Xhuvani, Albania
  • University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sarajevo School of Science and Technology SSST,Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Univerzitet Donja Gorica, Serbia
  • University of Montenegro, Montenegro
  • University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • University of Niš, Serbia

E- UNITE- (European Youth Network for Diversity and Tolerance)

The E-UNITE project brings various partners (2 universities, 2 NGOs, Institute and a youth center) together in a concerted effort to develop the foundations of the E-UNITE network – an international youth network, which aims to promote community-led initiatives in the fields of tolerance, inclusivity and diversity.The main output of the E-UNITE project – the Online Hub is a unique online ground, where youth workers and youth from many different European countries will have the opportunity to converge, share ideas and help each other achieve community and network goals, which they can set for themselves. The E-UNITE Hub will allow for the convergence of young minds and exchange of ideas, as well as support for community-led initiatives. Likewise, the Hub will be a base for exchange of know-how and good practices of youth workers, which are interested in working on those community-led initiatives or alternatively – youth workers, who wish to develop youth network of their own. The aim of E-UNITE is to help increase the positive impact, promote tolerance, diversity and bring communities together.The project is implemented under the framework of the European Commissions’ Programme Erasmus+, within Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Action:

  • Strategic partnership for youth.
  • UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA , Cypros
  • LAW AND INTERNET FOUNDATION, BULGARIA
  • HIGHER INCUBATOR GIVING GROWTH & SUSTAINABILITY , Greece
  • CENTRUL ROMAN DE POLITICI EUROPENE , Romania
  • CELJE YOUTH CENTER, SLOVENIA

REBUS

Ready for Business – integrating and validating practical entrepreneurship skills in engineering and   ICT studies three-year project focuses on the development, testing, validation and creation of basic training modules for expansion of entrepreneurial competencies of graduates at the   intersection of academic education and   practice. With a duration from 2017-2019, this project involves active mobility of projects’ participants between partner universities, purchase of equipment and seminars on research topics.

Our partner universities in this project are:

  • University of Sarajevo
  • University of Duisburg Essen
  • University of Palermo
  • University FH Johanneum Gesellschaft M.B.H
  • European University of Tirana
  • Volga State University of Technology

CONSUS

Connecting Science-Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovation (CONSUS) project aims at establishing a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

Our partner universities in this project are:

  • University of Graz
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences
  • Leuphana University
  • University of Limerick

Tempus Project: “Encouraging the process of Curriculum Development based on Learning Outcomes and Research Guided Teaching in the Private Higher Education Institution of Kosovo”. The project encourages the process of curriculum development based on learning outcomes and research guided teaching in the private higher education institutions of Kosova.

Project Partners are:

  • University of Salzburg, Austria
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • University Politechnica, Rumania
  • Kosova Accreditation Agency, Kosovo
  • National Qualification Authority, Kosovo

Tempus Project: “Supporting and Developing the Structures for QA at the Private Higher Education Institutions in Kosovo“. The project aimed to introduce and enhance quality standards and mechanisms at the Private Higher Education Providers in Kosova, this in order to facilitate comparability, credibility and Quality Assurance practices in accordance with the Bologna principles and the Strategy for the Development of Higher Education in Kosova (2005-2015).

  • University of Salzburg, Austria
  • University Politechnica, Romania
  • University College Cork, Ireland

Developing Research and Innovation Capacities in Albania and Kosovo – DRIVE

The general objective of this project is to contribute in the development of the research and innovation capacities of HEIs in Albania and Kosovo by enhancing their institutional capabilities, staff skills and networking.

Specifically, the project intends to:

  • Enhance the teachers’ capacities and their methodologies so that they effectively equip the students (graduate level and beyond) with the skills to conduct independent research.
  • Enhance the mentors’ capacities to effectively guide the students in their research activity.
  • Enhance the research capacities of the academic and managerial staff through study visits and tailored trainings.
  • Strengthen the managerial capacities for research activities and innovation in institutional level by setting or strengthening dedicated research and innovation support structures (RISS).
  • Promote research excellence and innovation by developing a network that eases the interdisciplinarity and cooperation among local and international actors.

These objectives have been designed to directly address the needs identified in the proposal, namely:

  • The need to improve the HEIs capacities for research and innovation.
  • The need to foster the links and cooperation among the actors in the innovation ecosystem.

Partners:

  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
    Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
  •  European University of Tirana
  • POLIS University
  •  European University of Tirana
  • Polytechnic University of Tirana
  • University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”
  • University of Gjakova “Fehmi Agani”

INTERBA – INTERnationalization at Home: Embedding Approaches and Structures to Foster Internationalization at Western BAlkans

The main aim of the project is to strengthen the international, intercultural and global dimension via Internationalisation at Home implementation at partner Higher Eduation Institutions (HEI) in order to enhance the quality of education and make a meaningful contribution to society.

Specific Objectives:

  • To formulate a coherent and detailed Internationalisation at Home concept that could be mainstreamed into the partner HEIs Roadmaps following on from their specific exigencies;
  • To level up the scope and viability of Internationalisation at Home activities implemented in partner HEIs;
  • To train an expert pool capable of developing and integrating Internationalisation at Home into HEI environment;
  • To launch an online platform as a tool for Internationalisation at Home implementation;
  • To establish/modernize the existing structure/entities responsible for Internationalisation at Home at HEIs.

Partners:

  • Middlesex University (United Kingdom)
  • Hamburg University of Technology (Germany)
  • University of Cagliari (Italy)
  • University of Tirana (Albania)
  • CESIE (Italy)
  • European University of Tirana (Albania)
  • University of Prishtina (Kosovo)
  • University of Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

WHAT IS STUDENT MOBILITY?
The Erasmus+ student mobility program is available to students currently at one of our exchange-partner universities who would like to study at Universum College. The mobility experience is approved and recognized as part of your studies for a semester or full academic year. Some degrees will also support shorter durations.

HOW TO APPLY?
If you want to come to Universum College for an Erasmus+ Student Mobility, these are some steps you must take and documentation you should provide:

Admission Steps:
• Check if your home university has an Erasmus Student Exchange Agreement  with Universum College
• You should contact your home university International Office Coordinators to be nominated as an Erasmus+ International student
• For the nomination, your home university must send the current transcript of records and a nomination letter to the International Office (erasmus@universum-ks.org)
• Nominated incoming students must complete an application form (will be provided via e-mail) and sign a Learning Agreement which must be also signed by the home institution and Universum College. Further information will be sent to you via e-mail after nomination by your home university.

Note: After inspection of documents provided, we will send you an Admission Letter.

Application Deadline:
Autumn Semester: 30th July (classes held: October – January)
Spring Semester: 22nd December (classes held: February – June)

Documents Required for Application:
• Learning Agreement (stamped and signed by all three parties)
• Application Form (will be provided to you once you have been nominated by your home institution)
• Official Transcript of Records (issued by your home institution)

Students from Universum College can go to study abroad for 4 to 5 months.

WHO CAN APPLY?
All students who are enrolled as students at Universum College may apply for Erasmus+ Mobility Programs. Study exchange opportunities are available to each study cycle:

– First study cycle (Bachelor or equivalent)
– Second study cycle (Master or equivalent)
– Third study cycle (Doctoral level)

Please note that Erasmus Student Mobility is carried out in the framework of Inter-Institutional Agreements between home (Universum) and host institutions (universities where you wish to apply for a semester). This means that before being able to apply, you should check whether Universum College has a partnership with the university where you wish to continue your studies. To do this, have a look at the list of universities with whom we collaborate.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
-At least 5 completed exams at Universum College
– Active participation in extra-curricular activities organized by Universum College
– English Language knowledge (B1 or B2, as set by the host university)

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
– English Language Certification (TOEFL or Anglia Examination)
– Transcript of records in English (get this from Student Services)
– Passport copy
– 1 photo (300pix; size – 3*4 cm; file – .jpg)

APPLICATION PROCESS
– Check the “Erasmus Partner Universities”
– Apply by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/T6DnHvhFQiKzqTTt9
– All successful applicants will be called for an interview
– Upon selection as an Erasmus+ scholarship recipient, students should prepare their detailed Learning Agreement with their International Office Coordinators. A “Learning Agreement” sets out the program of studies to be followed at the host university. Students will be contacted by the host university and will be provided with a relevant list of courses. Students should choose the courses that they want to attend. The total ECTS of the courses is required to be at least 30 for one semester.

Erasmus students are responsible to make their preparations for application to the partner university, visa, accommodation by themselves. Yet, you can consult the International Office Coordinator, and host university in case you have any problem.

In order to help the student with the visa applications, a document will be given by the International Office to the student indicating that he/she is an Erasmus student.

 

We are continuously looking to establish new partnerships. If you are interested in establishing partnerships for future projects and activities submit your request to erasmus@universum-ks.org.

For more information and suggestions you can direct your inquiry to the representatives of our International office at Universum College.

Arlinda Qehaja – Head of the International Office

Email:  arlinda@universum-ks.org

Tel: +377 (0) 44 402 205

Gentiana Berisha – Manager of the Erasmus Projects

e-mail:  gentianaberisha@universum-ks.org

Tel: +377 (0) 44 108 405