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Albania, officially the Republic of Albania, is a Mediterranean country in South Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the north, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south-east. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea. Albania is a member of the United Nations, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organisation, Organisation of the Islamic Conference and one of the founding members of the Union for the Mediterranean. Albania has been a potential candidate for accession to the European Union since January 2003, and it formally applied for EU membership on 28 April 2009. Albania is a parliamentary democracy and a transition economy. The Albanian capital, Tirana, is home to approximately 895,000 of the country's 3,600,000 people, and it is also the financial capital of the country. Free-market reforms have opened the country to foreign investment, especially in the development of energy and transportation infrastructure.

Further information

For further general information see Wikipedia:Albania.

Education in Albania

For a general description of education in Albania see Education:Albania.

Albania education policy

(sourced from

The literacy rate in Albania for the total population, age 9 or older, is about 99%. Elementary education is compulsory (grades 1-9), but most students continue at least until a secondary education. Students must successfully pass graduation exams at the end of the 9th grade and at the end of the 12th grade in order to continue their education.

Most schools are public and financed through the government, but recently several private schools of various levels have been opened.

There are about 5000 schools throughout the country.

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The school week begins on Monday and ends on Friday. Depending on the academic level, the school year usually begins in September or October and finishes around June or July. There is a winter break of about two weeks.

  • Preschool education (çerdhe or kopësht): 1–4 years
  • Primary education (9-vjeçare): 9 years (8 years prior to 2008)
  • Secondary education:
    • Regular (e mesme or gjimnaz): 3 years
    • Vocational or Technical (teknike): 2–5 years
  • Tertiary education:
    • Bachelor and Master degrees (of 3 years and 1.5–2 years respectively
  • Quaternary education (doktoratë): 3 years

Higher education

The lists below are taken from

HEIs in Albania

Public Universities

Universities in Tirana

  1. University of Tirana
  2. Polytechnic University of Tirana
  3. Agricultural University of Tirana
  4. University of Sports of Tirana - former Academy of Physical and Sports Education Vojo Kushi - DCM 123 of February 17, 2010
  5. University of Arts - former Academy of Arts - DCM of March 23, 2011
  6. Skanderbeg Military University

Universities in Korçë

Universities in Shkodër

Universities in Durrës

Universities in Gjirokastër

Universities in Vlora

  1. University of Vlora
  2. Military School in Vlora

Universities in Elbasan

Private Universities

  1. Marin Barleti University, Tirana
  2. University of New York Tirana
  3. European University of Tirana
  4. Luarasi University, Tirana
  5. Kristal University, Tirana
  6. Polis University ([1])
  7. Ufo University, Tirana
  8. Zoja e Këshillit të Mirë, Tirana
  9. Marubi film school, Tirana
  10. Justiniani I
  11. Sevasti&Parashqevi Qiriazi
  12. Justicia University
  13. Wisdom University
  14. Aldent
  15. Medikadent
  16. Epoka University
  17. Luigj Benussi
  18. ISSAT
  19. Nehemia University Pogradec
  20. Shkolla e Lartë Europiane për Turizmin
  21. Nëna Mbretëreshë, Geraldinë
  22. Illyria University
  23. Dentarium - Al Private college
  24. High School Mediterranean of Albania
  25. Ivoclar Vivadent&Partners College
  26. Universiteti Pavarësia Vlorë
  27. Shkolla e Lartë Ndërkombëtare e Tiranës
  28. Vitrina University
  29. New Generation University
  30. Medicom University
  31. Universiteti Planetar i Tiranës
  32. Logos University

Other academic institutions



For a description more focussed to e-learning see E-learning:Albania.

Quality procedures

See the description in English at

See also:

Internet in Albania

Internet World Stats reports the following statistics for internet users in Albania:

2000 - Internet users = 2,500 (0.1 %)
2002 - Internet users = 30,000 (1.0 %)
2006 - Internet users = 75,000 (2.4 %)
2007 - Internet users = 471,200 (15.3 %)
2008 - Internet users = 580,000 (16.0 %)
2009 - Internet users = 750,000 (20.6 %)
2010 - Internet users = 1,300,000 (43.5 %) (

Internet in Education

Copyright law in Albania

Copyright law in Education

OER Initiatives in Albania

National OER initiatives

Regional OER initiatives

Institutional OER initiatives


There is an excellent survey article relevant to both HE and schools in Albania:

Interestingly it refers to a paper

  • Borotis, S. & Poulymenakou, A. (2004). E-Learning Readiness Components: Key Issues to Consider Before Adopting e-Learning Interventions. In J. Nall & R. Robson (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2004 (pp. 1622-1629). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

by VISCED expert Spiros Borotis, now at Lambrakis Foundation


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