The Mission’s strategy on higher education focuses on institutional reform and teacher education.
The Mission assists public higher education providers in Kosovo in complying with their respective mandates and relevant international standards. The Mission works to improve access to quality education in support of non-majority communities in order to support their socio-economic inclusion.
Mission activities at the University in Prishtinë/Priština and the Serbian-language University in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica include providing expertise and building institutional capacity to meet the criteria set forth in the Bologna process – an intergovernmental initiative that has established priorities for the European Higher Education Area until 2020.
Thanks to the Mission’s capacity-building efforts, the universities have implemented curricular reforms based on learning outcomes and the European Credit Transfer System. They are also making headway in the development of quality assurance systems, research capacities, and student support services, such as career guidance.
The Mission also continues to prioritize access to teacher education for non-Albanian communities, including a teacher training support program for Kosovo Bosniaks. All capacity building initiatives are tailored to the needs of different communities and are delivered in their native languages.
An ongoing project at the University in Prishtinë/Priština is the development of a Teachers’ Centre in Prizren. To further improve the quality of teaching and research in non-Albanian languages the Mission promoted institutional co-operation agreements between the universities in Prishtinë/Priština and in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, which have now been ratified.