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Key meetings with the project consortium 3rd Scientific Committee & Operational Committee, 20 June 2019

KEY MEETINGS Operational committees: As a complex and demanding project to implement, the SmartAL project requires day-to-day management to maintain an ongoing relationship between partners and an optimal pace of work: the challenge is very important because all participants are teachers and researchers and have to deal with many tasks outside the SmartAL project. In addition, the implementation of the project must be elaborated according to a very tight schedule, which must be aligned with the academic calendar of all the universities involved. Operational committees also deal with the best management of various problems such as financial problems.

Scientific committees discussed crucial issues such as the content of the modules, their coherence, the absence of redundancy and a good complementarity between each of them. A methodological note was also discussed and delivered: this aimed to ensure a quality assurance system for the accreditation of the future master to be in line with the Bologna criteria as well as the Albanian accreditation system.

Signature of Erasmus+ Inter institutional agreements between the CIHEAM-IAMM and three Albanian Universities

signature1In a view to strengthen a yet close cooperation relationship, the CIHEAM-IAMM, in collaboration with the Agricultural University of Tirana, the European University of Tirana, and the University Fan S. Noli of Korçë, has submitted a project and obtained a grant for 32 mobilities. This will stimulate exchanges of teachers, students and staff of the four institutions during two years: a wonderful support of the Erasmus+ Program, optimizing the existing dynamics between France and Albania, and a successful example of a contribution to the internationalization of Higher Education Universities in Albania.

The presence of the rectors and presidents of the three Albanian universities during the high-level segment was an opportunity to sign the three interinstitutional agreements.


Dr Philippe Le Grusse, Dean of Studies, representing Pascal Bergeret, Director of the CIHEAM-IAMM.

Pr Remzi KECO, Deputy Rector of the Agricultural University of Tirana

Pr Ali JASHARI, Rector of the University Fan S. Noli Korçë

Pr Adrian CIVICI, President of the European University of Tirana


International Fair of Tirana

fair tiranaSmartAL project has attended the International Fair of Tirana on Albania works (Panairi "Shqipëria punon tokën", edicioni II), 12-13 October 2018, Tirana. The fair is organized by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Albania The SmartAL project was presented as part of the activities of CIHEAM in Albania, and had a double objective: 1) showing the continuity of the long date activities that CIHEAM perform in Albania with the collaboration of the Albanian HEI, and 2) present the public and the professionals with the new study program on administration of the rural areas in Albania. Being a fair for the agriculture and rural development professionals, this was an ideal possibility for us to communicate with them on the new degrees available, and to discuss with them about their expectations on the content of the modules. Presentation of the SmartAL project as a CIHEAM activity from left to right Fatmir Guri lecturer at AUT, Sali Metani former responsible of the foreing relations on the Ministry of Agriculture in Albanaia and former member of CIHEAM governing board and Pandeli Pasko researcher at CIHEAM- IAM Bari

Mobilities of Master students from the CIHEAM-IAMM Montpellier (France) to Albania

These case studies will provide practical information and analysis from the perspective of actors and institutions in the territory and will enrich each module of the future SmartAL master.

case study 1CASE STUDY 1: Elda Muço, Master Student at the CIHEAMIAMM, supervised by Elena Kokthi PhD, UET and Tahani Abdelhakim PhD, CIHEAM-IAMM. Mobility from 1 April to 30 September 2019 on “Institutions and actors in territory” in Albania.

case study 2CASE STUDY 2: Eriketa Cenolli, Master Student at the CIHEAM-IAMM, supervised by Prof. Asoc. Dr. Fatmir Guri, UBT and Mélanie Réquier Desjardin, CIHEAM-IAMM. Mobility from 1 April to 30 September 2019 in Albania. The aim of her research is to identify the features that may lead to a common managament of a territory (the case of Divjaka protected area)

case study 3CASE STUDY 3: Oljan Dervishi, Master Student at the CIHEAM-IAMM, supervised by Prof. Ferdi Brahushi, UBT, and Philippe Le Grusse PhD, CIHEAM-IAMM. Mobility from 1 April to 30 September 2019. The case study is related to the nitrate pollution and instruments to manage the territory.

Collective work between the European University of Tirana and the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece.

collectiveIn the framework of Erasmus+ CBHE project SmartAL, consortium partners are currently implementing International Mobility for Albanian Teachers to EU partners. The aim of the mobility is training on the SmartAL project and master. Dr. Ani Mbrica, lecturer of European University of Tirana is currently conducting her mobility Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Greece. Elaboration and review of the draft module in regard to objectives, topics’ content, learning outcomes and literature review were some of the issues discussed during the meetings with the team of professors in charge: Prof. Elias Beriatos, Prof. Theodosia Anthopoulou, Dr. Sofia Nikolaidou and Dr. Gerasimos Rodotheatos. During these days, Ani Mbrica conjointly worked with the UPSPS teams in a view to provide a first draft of the Module untitled: “Territorial administration, planning and governance”.


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.