The European University of Tirana has built the 500+ program, a program that keeps the academic world in constant contact with business or financial institutions and through regular meetings with them, the university understands the business requirements, which are then translated into business profiles and study programs.
The EUT 500+ program aims to deepen and materialize business and labor market collaboration, providing all of these companies with a range of services, processes related to the nature of the institution and the tasks and goals these businesses have. This project involves the 500 largest companies in the country and is an extensive 5-year co-operation project. This collaboration also aims to evaluate the performance of study programs at EUT, as well as to collaborate with these companies, making them a priority to integrate our students into internships until their future employment.
The president of the European University of Tirana, Selami Xhepa, explains that this program is designed to answer the question “are diplomas worth it? Do diplomas respond to what the job market demands? “. In this context, he stressed that the co-operation aims to create a method of resolving an issue, by building, in his view,” a series of annual actions, starting from market boards, participation of business representatives in lectures and with more frequent meetings between university and the business community.
Another strong point is the promotion of university strengths that can happen digitally or directly. Moreover, the goal for effective corporate partnerships is to build a long-term and influential strategic relationship, creating a truly unique exchange of values, with mutual benefits that result in a positive return on investment for all parties.
While universities are relevant in the long run, they need to understand how to educate students today. Building corporate partnerships, requires a holistic approach that leverages knowledge from different elements, resulting from an open dialogue with employers. They can help identify curriculum needs to prepare our students for the future job market and skills needed for current internships or full-time positions. On the other hand, students can share their internship experience and the skills they felt were needed to be successful with their employer. This two-way conversation and open dialogue allow for mutual beneficial success. Tiranapost.al