Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarships and Partnerships

Arizona State University advances Center for Teaching Excellence at University of Prishtina

This October, representatives from Arizona State University (ASU) organized a series of lectures and workshops for faculty, staff and students at the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. These lectures and workshops are part of a larger involvement by Arizona State to advance the University of Prishtina’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).

The eventful week began with an introductory presentation by Professor Shahin Berisha on the results of their CTE needs-assessment survey. The survey was administered to University of Prishtina faculty to help shape Arizona State University’s involvement with the Center for Teaching Excellence.

University of Prishtina staff also had the opportunity to participate in a three-day workshop on the online course management system CourseSites. Andrew Gunn, educational outreach coordinator at ASU, delivered the workshop to academic and professional staff who work in information technology at the University of Prishtina.

“Faculty members can now routinely use online course management to share class information electronically, upload readings, maintain course gradebooks and engage in direct conversation with students,” shared Gunn. At the end of the three day workshop, the staff members received certifications issued by the Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships and Arizona State University.

Professor Shahin Berisha delivered a lecture on “Measuring Your Carbon Footprint: The Greenhouse Effect” at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The lecture’s focus was on understanding the greenhouse effect, with an emphasis on CO2 emission, its main sources, measurement protocols and related topics.

On Thursday, Professor Stephen K. Batalden held a seminar on “Preparing Competitive Research Grant Proposals: A Practical Seminar on Proposal and Budget Preparations”. This was the second time the seminar was offered at the University of Prishtina. Professors and teaching staff learned best practices in competitive grant writing, how and where to apply for grants, how to set research goals and objectives, and how to budget realistically.

The last lecture of the week from was on the topic of “Financial Management in US Public Universities: Best Practices at ASU”. In this presentation, Professor Batalden shared with UP’s management staff how universities receive and manage revenue, how they budgets and how they incentivize research with external funding, among other topics. Rector Marjan Dema and faculty deans and vice-deans for finance attended the lecture.

The Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarships and Partnerships (TLP-SP) is a partnership co-funded by USAID-Kosovo and the Government of Kosovo and administered by World Learning. The project, launched on February 24, 2014, will develop a cadre of leaders and equip the abilities of other Kosovars to drive change in priority economic, political, and social areas in Kosovo. Learn more at

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