Performing and Responsive Social Sciences (PERFORM) is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and the University of Fribourg. Epoka University is involved as a beneficiary institution this project together with other public and private higher education institutions in the country.
PERFORM project focuses on strengthening the relevance of social sciences for socio-economic and political reform process in Albania and the Western Balkans. The project places a particular emphasis on advancing evidence-based decision-making processes concerning public policies which is seen as a crucial element for the development of Albania. In the framework of PERFORM project it has been developed a
The overreaching goal of PERFORM project is a strong, confident and publically positioned social science research community that meaningfully contributes to socio-economic and political reform processes. The overall goal could be achieved through three components. The first component aims to improve horizontal structures and cooperation within the social science community and research. The second component focuses on facilitating the development of mechanisms and systems of collaboration between social sciences and other domains of society and the third component focuses on favorable framework conditions and financial mechanisms.
In the framework of PERFORM project it has been developed a Collaborative Offline and Online Platform (COORP). The initiative comes in the light of new reforms conducted in sphere of higher education in Albania. Many academics greeted the innovative enterprise, since it is a great step to end the classical rhetorical division between public and private universities in Albania. The public universities who participate in the platform are: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tirana; Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana; University Aleksander Moisiu – Durres; University Aleksandër Xhuvani – Elbasan; University Fan S. Noli – Korça; University Luigj Gurakuqi – Shkodra. The private universities participating as well in this platform are: CIT, UET, EPOKA University, Polis University, Marin Barleti University, Luarasi University, New York University of Tirana.
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