The International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) is delighted to announce the success of its project application under the EU-funded Erasmus+ grant scheme. The contract was signed by both parties under the KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, Capacity Building in Higher Education Action. The project titled, Creating Theory to Practice Centres for Innovation and Employment (CTPCIE) will be led by IBCM and implemented by the following partners:
University of Bonn, Germany; University of Pristina, Kosovo; University of “Haxhi Zeka” in Peja, Kosovo; University of applied Sciences in Ferizaj, Kosovo; College of Economics Pec-Leposavic, Kosovo; University of Prizren „Ukshin Hoti“, Kosovo; Kosovo Chamber of Commerce; Graiciunas School of Management, Lithuania; University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; North West Regional College, UK.
Through Associated Partnerships this project is also supported by: Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe, Prizren Tourism Association, IADK and EdGuard Think Tank.
Prof. Dr. Mihone Kerolli, who will act as Project Coordinator for the 3-year project, has highlighted the importance of the project to not only those directly involved in the joint initiative, but also to the overall education sector in Kosovo, ‘The benefits of this project for IBCM and our partner institutions are clear to see, with large improvements in teaching quality across all institutions over the 3-year project cycle. Further to this, the project enhances cooperation between the education sector and external stakeholders to create an increased relevance for the labour market and society in general.’ The benefits outlined by Prof. Kerolli are set out in the project objectives where it is expected that outcomes will not only impact on the education sector, but also the private sector business environment and public institutions. The establishment of Theory to Practice Centers are a key objective of the project and are a significant mechanism in creating sustainable partnership between the stakeholders. The new centres will bring together more than 120 local teaching staff from six partner institutions in Kosovo engaged in peer learning activities, 189 participants in individual mobility, more than 500 students benefiting from updated courses and lifelong education studies and 450 researchers and business professionals at the conferences.
The project will reach out to 20,000 persons engaged in higher education and economy in Kosovo and abroad (through its professional dissemination). Furthermore, the project includes increasing professional capacities of staff within IBCM and partnering Higher Education Institutions while also working directly with the private sector to build long-term cooperation. Additional outcomes include the modernisation and innovation of existing educational programmes while also updating and creating new courses where skill mismatches have been identified. With the project launch approaching, a kick-off meeting between all project partners will take place in Mitrovica on 13 th and 14 th February. This kick-off meeting will be followed by workshop (15th and 16th February) on project management led by the University of Ljubljana and University of National and World Economy after which planned activities will begin to be implemented.
We are very proud to be leading this project and will strive for its successful implementation!
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