Kosovo 2.0 tackles education

In October, Kosovo 2.0 published an ongoing series on higher education in Kosovo. The results were interesting to say the least. We interviewed students, administrators and professors in an attempt to get a sense of what defines Kosovo’s academic culture. What we found was a state of flux: public universities that are underfunded and overcrowded, and private universities with high tuition fees and programs of dubious quality.

For a look at what we found, check out the following sections:

Introduction: Exploring Kosovo’s Colleges and Universities
How has Kosovo’s recent history shaped the current educational system, and how can we begin to approach the topic of higher education in Kosovo? This section provides an overview of why we decided to look at higher education, and what we chose to emphasize: quality, student services, and employability after graduation.

Kosovo Students Talk Back
Kosovo 2.0 posted an online survey for one month, which collected anonymous feedback from university and college students about their thoughts on the quality of education they receive and the issues they believe should be priorities.

Interviews with the Administrators
For over a month, Kosovo 2.0 attempted to interview administrators of the largest colleges and universities in the Prishtina area. The questions were simple, focusing on basic infrastructure, academic procedures (i.e. student evaluations, grading schemes, teaching philosophies, etc.), rates of employment after graduation, etc. Unfortunately, a wide array of colleges and universities (particularly public institutions) refused to participate.

Education for the people: Kosovo’s Public Universities
The University of Prishtina is Kosovo’s primary public university, drawing in thousands of high school graduates every year. The University of Prishtina is criticized for unfair admissions practices. inconsistent quality, and even political corruption.

Private Education: A Chain of Problems (and how to solve them)
Since the end of the war in Kosovo, the private education sector has grown exponentially — but policies for its regulation have not. Applicants to Kosovo’s private colleges and universities hope for a higher quality of education than what is offered by the public sector, regardless of the price tag. But are they getting their money’s worth?

Where are Kosovo’s Graduates Headed?
Kosovo 2.0 sits down with a group of college and university students to talk about their fears and hopes for the future. Do they feel like their diplomas have prepared them for the workforce? Some of their answers will surprise you.

Originally appeared on Kosovo 2.0. Link here (available in English, Albanian, and Serbian).

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