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1 Master Plan For Higher Education and Science – MPHES -Major objectives- (2006 – 2015)

2 Contents: 1. Main objectives of the MPHES 1.1. Strategic goals 1.2. Access to higher education and its effects 1.3. Institutional reform 1.4. Curricula reform 2. Schedule of design and implementation of MPHES

3 1.1.Strategic goals of higher education and the necessity of development of the Masterplan Main strategic goals of the development of higher education in the Republic of Albania:  Increasing, as much as possible the number of the citizens who continue and finish tertiary education, in order to preced the development of a modern knowledge-based society.

4  A qualitative education is the key to the economic, social and cultural development and the guarantor of the the development of the democratic nacional identity.  A qualitative education can be achieved only by a educational, scientific research, professional and cultural activity of the public and non-public institutions in the higher education system which are open towards the society, region and the word.

5 …..Fast development of education and science in our country is of paramount importance…. Based on necessity of:  Increasing fast the level of education for young people  Democratic development  Fast development of social market economy  Stabilization of the employment and social problems  For main objective to join and be integrated in EU.

6 Rapid increase of the education level of young people is the main way to reduce the level of the poverty, unemployment, increase the well-being and development of citizenship. Implementation of this process requires:  A contemporary, long-term and well studied package of policies,  A sufficient political support in the country,  Enormous investments,  Bi-lateral and multi-lateral close cooperation with foreing partners.

7 1.2.Acces to higher education and its effects. Long term objective: By 2020, at least 20 % of the active population (able to work) has finished higher education. At present only 11 - 12 % of the active population finished higher education (INSTAT, 2006) Without a promotion so intensively the tertiary education we will have a critical backward situation compared with European countries. Increase of the number of graduated employees

8 Increase of number of students in the tertiary & Post-secondary education Increase of number of students in high school and secondary education Gross enrolment ratio: 2003/04 56% (134745 high school stud.) 201575% (180000 high school stud.) 202080%(200000 high school stud.) Transfer of students from secondary to post- secondary and tertiary education: Matura examination

9 10 public and 5 non public universities

10 Increase of students´number 2010: 80.000 Students (23 stud./1000 inhabitants) Stud./1000 inhabitants: By 2006: 20 students (14-15 full-time students) By 2010: 23 students By 2015: ~30 students (100000 stud. or 55% enrolment ratio) An optimistic estimation !? As reference Average nr. stud. in EU

11 1.3. Institutional reform to set up a modern Science System Integration of higher education and research. -10 public and 5 non public universities -38 research institutes of Academy of Science and branch ministries Main aim: Integration of higher education and research for setting up the Science System. The characteristics of the Science System:  Should be innovative  To increase the human and material resources  To ensure the effective use of the resources for the priorities: rapid increase of the education level for the young people in Albania!

12 Advantages of integration of higher education and research:  Avoids non effective investments for a non effective research network of institutes outside the universities  Enables concentration, effective use of academic and research human capacities for teaching and research  Creates spacious capacities so necessary for the increase of students´ number  Some institutes own buildings,labs and libraries  Some institutes and stations own experimental unit  Saves administration expenses for a non effective research network

13 Integration of research institutes with the universities  Non-university research institutes (i.e. The Academy of Science and some branch ministries) will be integrated with new system of science.  Academy of Science should have the classic honorific status of the academy like Societies Academia.

14 Development of human resources in the institutions of Science System  Training of teachers and researchers - Should take place ¨pre-service¨ as well as ¨in service¨(introducing the new teaching methods and techniques). - As far as research, the focus should be placed in giving the researchers an overview of how a quality research can be conducted, evaluated, used, and published in international journals.

15 Development of human resources in the institutions of Science System  The increase of the number of professors to cover the increase of the students´number  Adapting the structure of Research Group within the department and a more competitive system in nominating and promoting the professors based on real academic merits Research Group, lead by a Professor: - with time-limited mandate gained in an open competitive

16 Renewal of the professors and researchers  Long term policy for „brain gain“  “1000 young scientists” Program : ……  for best students who have studied at home and abroad, and will be the new generation within 10 years.  "Groups of Excellence“ Program. - New positions for scientists with Ph.D degree from foreing universities – For leaders of Groups of Excellence should use an attractive promotion system

17 Re-evaluation of the role of the different universities in the Science System  Public univesities in Tirana will be supported in the framework of this Masterplan for three levels of studies: Bachelor, Master, Ph.D  Regional public universities will strengthen further and will play the role of “Regional Development Centers”. Levels of studies: Post-secondary and Bachelor  Non public higher education institutions will open according to the objectives of this Masterplan.

18 Financial support for the Higher Education and Science  Increase of investments for the higher education and science in order to reach by 2015 the average of the OECD countries  Increase of the salary fund on the basis of a competitive promotion system for the academic and scientific staff. Basic salary + supplement for ”scientist merits” Basic salary should increase at least 50 % by 2009  Increase of study fees, esp. Master and Ph.D studies.!!  Institutionalization of the Research and Development Centers in the universities for receiving grants through programs/projects  Competitive and stimulating system for scholarships for students.

19 Adapting a democratic system of governance of the institutions of the Science System  Creation of a National Higher Education & Science Council (NHESC) =consultative body and balanced  Creation of Albanian Fundation of Science  Changing current system from „Senate-Rector“ to „Governing Board - Rectorate – Senate“ -Role of the Governing Board responsible for the management, governance and long-term development strategy of the university -Rector +Rectorate = executive body of the institution -Senate is the responsible for academic issues

20 Increase of capacities for teaching, research and lodging for students  Constructing new buildings for teaching and research as well as fitting the existing buildings of universities and of some research institutes  Setting up central laboratories in the universities.  Radical re-organization of the student dormitories  Setting up PC centers and those for distance learning. In 2007/08 year each student and professor in the universities must have access to internet and email.

21 International cooperation- Neccesity!  Intensification of international cooperation is a neccesity for the institutions of the science system of a small country like Albania.  Twining programs  Joint degree  Joint research projects  Diploma recongnition

22 Society/Community Public and non-public universities Honorofic Academy Science Fundation Balanc. body. NHESC Legislative Executive High school Private Sector Iternational Cooperation

23 1.4. Curricula Reform General priciples: -analytical competences, -ICT and language competences, -inter-disiplinary nature of curricula, -flexibility of curricula. Curricula of post-secondary studies -last 4 semesters -lead to a specific profession -module system makes possible transfer of credits to Bachelor studies -can be organized: full-time, part-time, distance education

24 Curricula of “Bachelor Studies” The development of higher education of the B.Sc. Level should respect the standards of ISCED and ECTS system. The higher education of the first professional level “Bachelor” should remain the most massive form of higher education.  Full-time studies  Part-time studies  Distance learning or e-learning mode

25 Curricula of “M.Sc” and “Ph.D.“ studies The graduate studies of ”M.Sc” and “Ph.D“ will develop in accordance with international standards and ECTS system. From 2007/08:M. Sc. and Ph. D. M.Sc studies:  M.Sc.4 semesters  MBA2 – 3 semesters  International intensive collaboration (Joint Degree) Ph.D studies.:  Radical reform to increase the level  International intensive collaboration (sandwich system)

26 Investment fund for Masterplan  EU countries invest on average 8200 Euro/student/year, and new EU countries invest 3600 Euro/student/year  Target in 2015: 2500 Euro/student/year  It is possible to be done a big investment? -Increase of Budget for education (at least double!) -Adapting study fees -More private higher education -Long term loan – special law by Parlament !!!? -Grants, donations -Support from private sector esp. for research activities

27 Standards of performance of research and teaching activities on higher education  Standards of evaluation of activities of professors 1 professor with degree at least„Dr“ /20 students Professors receive fund according to merits for students MSc and PhD.  Standards of studies according to Bologna Declaration -Post-secondary 120 ECTS, 2 years -B.Sc. 180 ECTS, 3 -3.5 years. -M.Sc. 120 ECTS, 2 years -Ph.D. 180 ECTS, 3 - 4 years. Total:480 ECTS, ≥ 16 sem. or 8-10 study years Age: 27- 28 years – Ph.D. !!

28 2. Schedule of design and approval of the Masterplan (MPHES) 2006 – Masterplan approved by the Parlament ! Setting up of the National Council for Higher Education and Science (NCHES) MoES prepares MP, in cooperation with NCHES, Rectors Conf. and other Ministries Discussion of MP with academic community and other stakeholders. Presentation of MP draft with the international partners + donors Discussion and approval of MP in NCHES Approval of MP in Council of Ministers Discussion and approval of MP in Parlament as separate law or as part of a new law of Higher Educ. Science

29 Phases of implementation of MP Design of implementation program of MP by MoES and NCS Setting up of a Agency for coordination of MP implementation Contract betwen MoES and institutions that will implement and support MP Setting up implementation units of MP in participating institutions Network for cooperation within MP Analysis of progress, periodical improvement of MP implementation plan Finalization of MP, evaluation of implementation Design of further development strategy of HES

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