SCiDEV presents the findings of the study on the university to society collaborations in Albania

SCiDEV presents the findings of the study on the university to society collaborations in Albania

SCiDEV presents the findings of the study on the university to society collaborations in Albania

The Center Science and Innovation for Development presented the findings of the assessment of the university to society collaborations in Albania in a public event on the 24th November 2021, at 10:00 as a hybrid event at Rogner Hotel and online over Zoom. This event brought together the actors of the Quadruple Helix according to the model of the European Union to discuss how the cooperation between university and business, policymakers, civil society, and media can be further strengthened in Albania. In addition to the opening remarks by the USIA Project Leader, Ms Albana Tole, Deputy Minister of Education and Sports from the Ministry of Education and Sports as well as Ms Xheni Sinakolli, Programme Officer at EU Delegation to Albania, Dr. Blerjana Bino presented the key findings of the research conducted by SCiDEV with a particular focus on the recommendations. This was followed by a panel discussion with representatives from key stakeholders in order to understand better current initiatives and also to engage in a dialogue for further promotion of the Quadruple Helix Model. We heard interesting and valuable input from representatives from the National Resource Center for Civil SocietyEU for Innovation ProjectPACEP Project, private sectors such as Balfin Group, and media such as A2 CNN Affiliate in Albania. The public event served to raise awareness on the importance of the collaboration of universities with other actors in society particularly civil society, media and business and policy makers for evidence-based policy. Participants from the Quadruple Helix confirmed their commitment to the Quadruple Helix model and confirmed the recommendations of the study, building thus a good foundation for future action.

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Presentation

“University to Society Innomediaries in Albania: Co-Production of knowledge and research that matters” or USIA is a Capacity Building Project in Higher Education financed by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, managed by the Mediterranean University of Tirana in cooperation with 11 partners in Albania, Serbia, Italy and Germany.

USIA brings together universities, civil society organisations, public institutions and business organisations to enhance an enabling higher education environment that supports university to society collaborations in order to co-produce knowledge and research with an impact that is not only academically insightful but also applicable to the development of Albania in light of European integration and current multiple challenges.

The project strengthens institutional and human resources capacities in universities in Albania through the establishment of Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Brokerage unit that link in an institutionalized and sustainable way university to business, government, civil society, and media. Also, the project will establish and expand a Quadruple Helix network and online platform which will offer networking, matchmaking, brokerage, dissemination, capacity development, support, and valorisation for academic and non-academic actors. The project prioritizes women in academia, research, and innovation.