A Strong Start for University Partnerships
One year ago today, TLP-SP launched the University Partnerships program. Four University of Prishtina faculties established partnerships with four US universities: Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, Indiana University and University of Minnesota. Despite systemic challenges at UP (e.g. – heavy teaching loads, budget limitations, and senior management transitions) the program has yielded good initial results.
Ten UP instructors have participated in exchanges with the universities in the United States to date.
UP’s Faculty of Education, and Indiana University have begun work on two joint-research projects in the fields of education. Additional research projects are scheduled to begin in the following months.
Three administrators from the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Education (UP/FE) visited Indiana University - Bloomington. The UP team met with IU School of Education administrators and faculty to discuss teacher education, trends and issues in pre-service and in-service education, and support structures for faculty research and development. Building on this collaboration, IU faculty have held workshops and presented on research skills and techniques to UP faculty.
Nineteen professors from the United States have visited the University of Prishtina thus far, organizing trainings, workshops, seminars and co-lectures. Those activities introduce UP teaching staff and professors to new methodologies and techniques to improve curricula, and help UP managers to improve student services.
US partner universities have organized approximately 25 trainings, workshops, seminars, and co-lectures. In one workshop, a form US professor, dean, and provost trained UP middle managers in leadership principles and how to bring new communication strategies to the University of Prishtina. Another training focused on developing a functional Career Center for the University of Prishtina. In yet another, a Dartmouth College MBA-led team delivered a one-day workshop for UP students on employment, including resume and interview skills.
Professor Stephen Powell of Dartmouth College held a workshop on Active and Experiential Learning with 12 University of Prishtina professors at the Faculty of Economics. The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth is renowned for their active and experienced learning approach, and was brought in as a sub-grantee to transfer some of that ability to University of Prishtina faculty.
UP’s Faculty of Computer and Electrical Engineering, in cooperation with Arizona State University, held a three-day seminar on “Best International Practices in Energy Regulatory Regimes”.
With support from TLP-SP, UP’s Center for Teaching Excellence delivered five training modules on: Teaching in Higher Education, Assessment and Standards of Assessment in Higher Education Institutions, Leadership and Mentoring of Master and PhD Thesis, Standards of Assessment in Higher Education and Active Learning in Higher Education.
Twenty-four University of Prishtina professors and assistants earned certificates in early December 2015, while thirty received certificates early February 2016. We see this center as an important vehicle for our US partners to leverage for training activities in the coming years.
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