Educational Capacity Strengthening for Risk Managment of Non-native Aquatic Species in Western Balkans - RiskMan

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF TIRANA

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF TIRANA

Agricultural University of Tirana

Partner Description: Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT) was founded in 1951. AUT is the unique centre for undergraduate and graduate studies, scientific research, training and extension in the area of agriculture, food and environment. AUT is among the largest sector academic institutions in Albania - it includes 310 academic staff. Currently, the number of enrolled students is about 15,000. AUT offers research and education at various levels: Bachelor, Master and PhD in various fields like animal production; horticulture; aquaculture and fisheries; environment sciences; integrated rural development; marketing; finance etc – which are the main focus fields for the development in Albania as well as for the western Balkans. AUT offers a wide range of services through its numerous offices and other support units including the Office for Studies and Students, University Library, Experimental and Didactic Economy, Aquaculture and Didactic Economy Lab in Tapiza, the Plant Protection Lab, Institute for Plant Genetic Resources, the Food Research Centre, the Wood Processing Workshop, University’s Veterinary Clinic and Botanical Garden. AUT is increasingly considered as a leading academic and research institution including rural development in Western Balkans – training scholars and experts from the region, eg. Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro as well as collaborating with other neighbouring countries, thanks to the immense support provided by the EU, German government or USAID funded projects. AUT has signed many bilateral agreements with partner institutions involved also in Erasmus+ Programmes (KA1). As the number of students and graduates has increased, one of the priorities is building stronger bridges with the labour market.

Role in The Project : Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT) will be a Partner Country Institution within the RiskMan Project. AUT’ staff, with their competences and experience, will greatly contribute to the development of new optional courses with applying the best practices from EU existing programs (WP4 – Development- Reforming of the Current Curriculum). The involved academic staff will actively participate in all WPs and co-lead the WP2 (Preparation “Identify the current status of NN species in the Western Balkan”) together with ACEPSD giving their professional contribution during entire project lifetime. All available data from Albania regarding NN species distribution and appearance will be provided for database and Risk management model preparation. At the same time AUT will assist in the region for representatives of municipalities, ministries and other national and local institutions.