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SmartAL Project

SmartAL Project

SmartAL- Master in European Innovations for a Sustainable Management of Albanian Territories, rural areas and agriculture: Instruments, policies, strategies

What does SmartAL stand for?

SmartAl is an Erasmus+ Capacity Building project lead by CIHEAM, Montpellier and funded by the European Commission. The three-year project is envisaged to operate in Albanian Universities by bringing in the experience of European partners. The main objective of the project is to address the new identified job market needs induced by the new and forthcoming public policies in Albania. Some of the envisaged activities are job market review & training needs analysis; booklet of didactic materials; 9 module description fiches; Teachers Capacity building for modules co-conception; quality assurance.

The main objective is declined in several specific objectives:

1. Strengthen the linkages between the universities and job provider institutions at central and local level.
2. Improve the theoretical and practical knowledge of master’s students on territory administration, agricultural policies, rural development and innovation as well as their negotiation and participative decision-making skills.
3. Design at least 9 shared specific teaching modules filling the gap between the existing offer and the market job needs.
4. Offer to Albanian teaching staff innovative tools and methodologies
5. Improve the matching of academic requirements with professional needs during the practical internship period.
6. Consolidate collaboration among Albanian HEIs and create synergies and complementarities among the study programs they provide to their own audience.
7. Develop a long term blended research network of EU and Albania researchers on these thematic.
8. Collaborate to the capacity building and generational renewal of Albanian University staff.

Who are the partners?

Lead partner:

Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes –– CIHEAM-IAMM


Fan S Noli University Korçë- UNK 

Universität HOHENHEIM – UHOH

European University of Tirana – UET 

Agricultural University of Tirana – UBT 

Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences – UPSPS 

University Paul Valery – UPV

Project duration: 2017-2020

Total EU Grant: 758 308 EUR


Europe Day: SmartAL as a success story!

On the occasion of Europe day on 9th of May 2018, the European Union Delegation to Albania organized the EU village. The aim of the event was to promote EU values and success stories from different realms of life. In the section of Higher Education, SmartAL was presented as one of the success stories from Albania, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Concertation Meeting with Albanian Stakeholders

SmartAL Erasmus+ CBHE  project organized its concertation meeting on 28th of January 2018, with different public and private stakeholders in Albania. Working in the field of territorial management and rural development

Kick off meeting- SmartAL project starts operating!

In the premises of CIHEAM, leading partner of the project during 30th of November and 1st of December 2017. Throughout the kick of meeting the project partners worked intensively to shape and agree on the next steps of this three-year Erasmus+ CBHE project.

First Design Workshop

firstFirst Design Workshop of the SmartAL project, was held during 15 & 16 March 2018 in Korça, Albania. The workshop aimed at establishing a first draft curriculum of the Master and validating the teacher twinning program as well as the teacher’s capacity plan.

First Steering Committee of the SmartAL Project

sal2Erasmus+ Capacity building project “SmartAL: Master in European Innovations for a Sustainable Management of Albanian territories, rural areas and Agriculture” was co-organised by the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies -Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (CIHEAM-IAMM) – as the Coordinator –and the Agricultural University of Tirana (UBT) – as a member of the Project Consortium – on 22 & 23 October

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Quality Plan


Two level of quality assurance will be used throughout the entire project duration:

-  Quality assurance of the whole project: the aim is to assure the compliance of the project processes and results with the standards agreed among the Partners (identified indicators of progress), and to implement a continuous quality monitoring. 

-  Quality assurance of the 9 Modules: the Albanian HEI-s have to follow an well-defined procedure for the quality assurance. HEI-s should build up internal quality bodies and respect the quality procedures foreseen by the existing Public Standard. A better quality assurance framework reflecting the Albanian public standards requests, and integrating best Albanian and EU practices will be set up.

Dissemination and exploitation


The dissemination and exploitation strategy enables SmartAL project to optimize its outcomes and impacts (including both theory and methodological processes and educational teaching/material). Dissemination will be an integral part of each activity of the project.
This WP activity supports the following objectives :
- Provide information about the achievement of the project.
- Increase the impact of the project.
- Maintain and create contacts with stakeholders of the project.
- Generate new partnership.
- Create a platform to ensure sustainable dissemination of the project outcomes.
This will be achieved through the creation of a website, Open House Days, Two conferences, several ongoing promotional campaings on our social media pages, creation of an Alumnii Assosciation



The main objective of WP8 is to ensure the overall administrative and financial management of the project as well as the coordination and stimulation of all WP. WP8 is an overarching WP designed to support all the activities of the project. In particular by ensuring the smooth exchange of administrative and financial information and data, WP8 will guaranty that the resources are made available on time to each WP leader for them to implement their tasks as foreseen.