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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 - 17 October 2021

Total EU Grant: 758 308 EUR


Workshop “Thinking of rural development in Albania: How to improve the existing experiences?”

pic 12New competences for new requirements: the SmartAL Erasmus+ capacity building project: an answer to the reinforcement of rural territories development in Albania, Ms Magali Maire, Project coordinator, CIHEAM-IAM Montpellier

Steering Committee of the SmartAL project

pic 1The consortium of the SmartAL Erasmus+ capacity building project gathered in Tirana (Albania), on October 7 at the European University of Tirana.


NEW EQUIPMENT SmartAL Project accomplished one of its objectives at the UET: the purchase of the innovative teaching tools (books and equipment) in order to improve teaching methodologies. In this framework the module Institutions and actors in the territory will offer the future students practical tools on social network analysis.

International Fair for Cooperation

International Fair

SmartAL Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education was introduced as a successful project at the International Fair for Cooperation, hosted by the UET.

Work Fair organized by the UET

work fair

The SmartAL master was introduced at the Work fair organized by the UET, the main purpose of the project being to address the new labor market needs identified by the new and emerging public policies in Albania. This event promotes new opportunities for students and young people in Albania.


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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


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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.