University of Prishtina Inaugurates Center for Energy and Sustainability
The University of Prishtina launched its Center for Energy and Sustainability (CES), an innovative, interdisciplinary research and training center through which university professors, researchers, and students will address local and global challenges of energy and sustainability. The center is an initiative of USAID’s Transformational Leadership Program – Scholarships and Partnerships, administered by World Learning via a sub-grant to Arizona State University.
Arizona State University, a leading American public research university, designed the CES as a vehicle to develop practical solutions and policies that address the problems of global warming, climate change, energy production, conservation, and other environmental issues. The university-wide center will support training, certification, and research opportunities.
The University of Prishtina Vice Rector for Teaching, Prof. Dr. Naser Sahiti, welcomed teaching staff and students to the inaugural event, stressing the ever-growing importance of transdisciplinary approaches in academia, and sustainability globally. Rector Prof. Dr. Marjan Dema congratulated the university on its new and important transdisciplinary center, emphasizing that the issues and topics the center will deal with are global priorities.
USAID-Kosovo’s Economic Growth Office Deputy Director, William Trigg, emphasized the crucial importance of energy to Kosovo and expressed USAID’s commitment to supporting initiatives that provide professional opportunities to women. Trigg noted that approximately 25% of the audience were women, which was “significantly higher than their current participation in the sector. He ended his remarks by quoting Albert Einstein: “Everything is energy, and that’s all there is to it.”
This center is part of a range of initiatives developed by USAID within their Transformational Leadership Program. World Learning and its partners have supported numerous centers and institutes, including a Center for Research and Sponsored Projects, Center for Teaching Excellence, Career Development Center, Public Relations Office, VentureUP, the university’s entrepreneurship center, and others.
According to World Learning’s Chief of Party, Carl Hammerdorfer, “the abundance of new institutions that we’ve helped the University of Prishtina to develop over the past year support the Governments of Kosovo and the United States’ joint effort to transform UP into the top public research university in the Balkans and, ultimately, into a respected global force in higher education.”
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 www.usaid-tlp-sp.org.