Petrit Balija, IBCM Best Lecturer 2016, Riverside Campus

By nomination of the IBCM 2016 bachelors graduating class (Riversidecampus), Mr. Petrit Balija has received the award for “Best Lecturer 2016”.

The prize was awarded in recognition of his outstanding teaching methodologies and availability for student support. The prize was presented at the 2016 bachelors’ graduation ceremony.

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Mr Petrit Balija was voted “Best Lecturer 2016” by IBCM Riverside campus students.

As the Best Lecturer award is decided by students, it has a special significance for IBCM teaching faculty. We caught up with Petrit after the award was presented. Read his interview in full below.

Congratulations to both prize winners!

It is an honor for me to accept this award of appreciation especially because it comes from my students. I would like to sincerely thank this year’s Bachelor Graduates for voting for me and for expressing their respect and appreciation for my efforts over the years as their professor.

What courses do you teach at IBCM?

I have taught several different courses at IBCM within the management area of study including:  organizational management, supply chain management, international sales and marketing management.

How long have you been lecturing at IBCM?

I have been lecturing at IBCM since 2010.

What’s your academic/professional background?

I hold a Masters of Business Administration and a PhD in International Finance. My narrow field of expertise is in the banking sector, however management in general is a subject of great interest to me.

A lot of people say that the unique teaching style sets IBCM apart from other HE institutions in the region. How would you characterize your own teaching style? 

I believe that teaching is more than just transferring technical knowledge. My approach is a holistic approach where I aim to motivate the students to ask questions, to seek answers, to be curious about the world that surrounds them, to raise their expectations and standards of performance, to be able to take on additional responsibility and ultimately deliver results. Therefore, in addition to the standard lectures, a lot of the work that we do in the classroom is interactive work in working groups, student research projects and presentations. This way the students are fully participating in the learning process instead of passively expecting to receive readily available information.

What has been your most memorable experience so far at IBCM?

IBCM is an institution that allows me to give back to my community. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to study and work in some of the best organizations not only in Kosovo but also the EU and the USA and I find it very rewarding to be able to share this knowledge and experience with our youth who are the future of this country. Every year has been special in its own way and I have had the opportunity to work with some very memorable students who have made a great impression on me and who I am certain will go on to become very successful.

IBCM students obviously think there’s something a little bit special about you. What would you say, in return, is special about IBCM students?

We are very fortunate to have some of the best students in the country. I am impressed by their energy, inquisitiveness, discipline and communication skills. In a time when youth is faced with many potential distractions in our modern day living, I am impressed by our IBCM students how dedicated and focused they are in accomplishing their learning objectives and pursuing ambitious goals. Despite the high youth unemployment of close to 50% in Kosovo, our graduates have shown to have a rate of close to 80% employment after graduation,  which I believe makes them top performers.

What advice would you leave today with our new Bachelor graduates? 

I like a quote by Aristotle that states “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Therefore, I would advise our graduates to establish early on high standards and to stay true to their core values, to be considerate of others and to give back to their community,  so that they may prosper from their education and knowledge gained but in addition to use their abilities to the benefit of their community and the society overall. I wish them all great luck, health and success in their future endeavors.

Thank you, Petrit.