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

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

University College of Business

Partner Description: University College of Business (UCB) as a non-public higher education institution began to provide its service in the Albanian higher education system in the academic year 2011-2012. UCB was founded pursuant to Law No. 9741, of 21.05.2007 “On higher education in the Republic of Albania (LHE)” and operates according to the DCM No. 651, of 14.09.2011 “On the licensing of the Professional Business Academy” as a higher education institution. Following the Order of the Minister of Education and Science (MES) No. 3, of 05.01.2012, this institution has been granted with the license for the initiation of the teaching, research, and academic process of the study programs in compliance with the granted license, by initiating its academic activity since the beginning of the academic year 2011-2012, in its both faculties (Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Law). The institutional accreditation of UCB was made following the Order No. 557, of 16.11.2012 “On the institutional accreditation of University College of Business” issued by MES.  Currently, the University College of Business offers three different degrees: a) a 2-year vocational higher education degree; b) an undergraduate Bachelor degree and; c) a Master degree (MSc and MP). 2 vocational degrees in Administrative and Technical field, divided in six profiles as Senior Administrative, Senior Accounting, Senior Legal, Computer Network Technician, Electrical Network Technician, Motor Network Technician. 6 undergraduate degrees in Law, Business Law, Finance and Accounting, Business Administration, Bank and Financial Institutions, Business Informatics. 11 master degrees, specifically Professional Masters degree and Masters of Science, in Criminal Law, the Civil and Commercial Law, Finance, Accounting, Management, Public Administration, Audit Accounting, Marketing Management. UCB is accredited also by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) with a team consisting of UK and Albanian reviewers. For the 4th year in a row, QAA has ranked university’s bachelor and Masters programs among the 10 nation’s best HEIs in Albania. UCB values the importance of growing and the need of continues investment in the capacity building of the institution itself and specifically of vocational study programmes, in the following: Improvement of current curricula and curriculum design of new programs that will be launched in the coming academic years; Continuous training of academic staff; Providing students with better opportunities and experiences in studying and practicing in European universities; Investments in all three laboratories and other new ones, according to our needs today and in the future, identified with the most up-to-date complementary equipment and developments in the labour market today.

Role in The Project: The UCB will assist the Project Consortium to reinforce the Institutional Partnerships within the scientific world and the Public and Private Sectors about the Risk Management for NN species in the Partner Countries. They will work to increase the opportunities for the students and to strengthen the attractiveness of graduates according to the local labour market needs. UCB will be involved in Wp1 (Preparation), WP4 (Development), WP6, Quality, WP7 (Dissemination and WP8 Management.