Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarships and Partnerships

Administration to lead change at University of Prishtina

Administration staff from the University of Prishtina received certifications in Leadership and Change Management today, after attending a three-day seminar earlier this month. This was the second time the seminar was offered by Senior Higher Education Consultant Dr. Ed Cooper.

“What we are doing here, with the support of USAID, World Learning and the University of Prishtina is very important,” said Dr. Cooper during the certificate award ceremony held at the Rectorate. “Universities really are models of how our world should look like in the future.”

The University of Prishtina Rector, Prof. Dr. Marjan Dema, urged his staff members at the award ceremony to go beyond their comfort zones and explore the amazing opportunities that lie there. Representatives from USAID Mission in Kosovo and World Learning attended the event as well.

“I look forward to being a greater leader, a more efficient manager and a better communicator,” said Shkumbin Tafilaj, one of the certificate awardees.

Fifteen University of Prishtina staff members have attended the Leadership and Change Management seminars so far. The seminar emphasized the importance of personal professional development and explained the mechanics of how to structure and think about leadership.


Seminar participants at the Award Ceremony

“A leader needs to take responsibility, build trust and challenge the process,” said Dr. Cooper, before awarding the certificates. Over the next few months, University of Prishtina staff will develop specific action plans to become better leaders and bring positive change.

The Leadership Challenge Seminar is offered by World Learning which manages USAID’s Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarships and Partnerships. The project is co-funded by USAID Mission in Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo - Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

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