In the framework of Erasmus + 2020 Days, the Office of Foreign Relations and Projects of the University of Tirana, held an information and promotional session on October 15, 2020, at 10:00, at the UT Rectorate.

During this activity, statistics of UT participation in mobility programs of academic exchanges for UT staff and students (Erasmus +, Credit Mobility), international projects (where UT is a participant in programs Erasmus +, Capacity Building, Horizon, Jean Monnet) were presented. Several UT academic staff involved in these projects shared their experiences as well.

The purpose of the meeting was to disseminate information about the opportunities and ways of applying in these programs in the future and the support provided by the structures of the UT Rectorate.

More specifically, during this meeting the coordinator of the LETSGEPs project for Albania, Prof.Dr. Ingrid Shuli shared the following information:

“On behalf of the Accounting Department of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Tirana, after consulting the representative of the project office of NASRI (National agency for scientific research and innovation) we applied to participate as a partner in the Horizon 2020 no. 873072 “Leading Towards Sustainable Gender Equality Plans in research institutions – LeTSGEP” project. We were informed that we were selected as potential partners in this project so we contacted the project coordinator University of Modena. In our proposal and in this meeting we have presented the actual situation of research institutions in terms of gender budgeting and gender plans. Our role, our work package (WP4 GEPs Design and Implementation) for which we are a leader, has to do with the implementation of the Gender Budgeting and Gender Planning practices in Research Institutions in Albania, starting with the University of Tirana.

The working group of the project for the UT includes members of two departments of FEUT, the administrative staff of FEUT and the Rectorate of the University of Tirana,

We are involved in the project almost for its entire period of 4 years. We have already started the implementation of the project by collecting data at the national level and at UT level regarding 13 indicators that relate to gender issues in scientific research institutions. In this part of the project we have encountered great difficulties as the information is not summarized as are the EC requirements for these indicators, neither on the INSTAT web nor on the WEB of the Rectorate. We have found willingness to help, but the data is not organized according to the requirements of European countries.

After the kick off meeting in January, other meetings were held online through platforms, to inform partners about the current situation of Gender Equality Plans in the Institutions Participating in the project”.