Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarships and Partnerships

24 UP Professors Certified for Excellence in Teaching

Early last week, TLP-SP in partnershipwith the University of Prishtina (UP) honored 24 professors for completion of an excellence in teaching program.

USAID Mission Director James Hope, UP Rector Ramadan Zejnullahu, and Minister of Education Arsim Bajrami presented the certificates in partnership with representatives from World Learning and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology.

As part of a larger scheme to foster development in Kosovo’s education sector, the TLP Partnerships program aims to improve resources and capacity at the University of Prishtina through the University-Wide Activities Plan.

Included in the Activities Plan is the recently launched Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), which supports effective and innovative teaching in all disciplines of higher education.

With help from TLP Scholarships, professors were able to participate in the three module trainings on teaching and assessment methods in higher education and mentoring of MA and PhD student thesis.

“I really do think that TLP-SP and World Learning will actually help the advancement and modernization of higher education in the University of Prishtina and will contribute to the quality of education overall”, said UP teaching assistant and CTE coordinator Fatlume Berisha.

Berisha, born and raised in Prishtina, began working as a teaching assistant for the Faculty of Education at UP in 2007 when she returned to Kosovo after living and studying in the Unites States for nine years. She said she knows first hand the value and power of education:

“I see this as a way of preparing faculty or academic staff…to meet the standards of excellence of teaching and learning in line with a more modern, innovative education to fill the needs of the labor market. This is what the students need.”

Currently, CTE is focused on designing a new website and brand identity, and Berisha, TLP-SP and other program partners are optomistic about the Center’s future.

“The key to development of a country is in education,” said Berisha, “…opening that door to providing a future educated society that can bring this country to a better place”.

Photo courtesy Falume Berisha.

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