The University of New York Tirana is one of the leading universities in Albania. It is a small private university consisting of about 800 students at all three levels—bachelor, masters and Ph.D. The university is divided into three Faculties (the Faculty of Economics and Business, the Faculty of Law, Arts and Sciences, and the Faculty of Computer Science and Informatics). This Jean Monnet Project, if successful, will be administered by the Faculty of Law, Arts and Sciences. The faculty offers a number of degrees at all three levels, such as law, political science/international relations, and psychology.
UNYT is a truly unique educational institution within Albania for a number of reasons. First, teaching at UNYT takes place exclusively in English—something that most universities in Albania cannot say. This is an important factor in scientific research, as most of the world’s leading academic publishers publish exclusively in English. Second, unlike other similar programs in Albania, UNYT programs are taught by a core staff with degrees obtained at some of the world’s leading research institutions. Additionally, UNYT is actively engaged in academic research by attempting to created an academic culture through the establishment of research centers within the university. Worth mentioning, the Institute for Studies on Democracy and Development (a UNYT research center), in November of 2015 organized a major international conference on the 25-year anniversary of Albania’s communist collapse, titled “Transition in Retrospect: 25 Years After the Fall of Communism.” Among the distinguished scholars at the conference were Professor Claus Offe from the Hertie School of Government in Berlin, Germany, and Professor Michael Kennedy from Brown University in Providence, USA. Additionally, in 2016 UNYT was awarded a Jean Monnet Module grant on EU Democracy Promotion.
Lastly, as any reviewer of this application knows, universities in the Western Balkans suffers from a lack of an academic culture sufficiently focused in scientific research. It is the research component of UNYT that has been the focus of the university in the past several years, for which reason we have also increased applications to major international funding projects such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020.