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First mobility at the CIHEAM-IAMM

first mobilityDr Elena Kokthi, European University of Tirana, was the first Albanian lecturer-researcher to experiment the pairing in a European university, in September 2018. She stayed for a month at the Centre International de HUBTes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes-Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier (CIHEAMIAMM), where she worked with Dr Tahani Abdelhakim on the design of the module dedicated to “Territory actors and institutions”. The definition of the module perimeter, course attendance and literature review were some of the activities undertaken in the framework of this mobility. A draft module was prepared and discussed in several pair meetings.

Teachers capacity building for modules co-conception

001The year 2019 is strongly marked by the work in pairs of Albanian and European universities lecturers for the construction of the 9 modules of the SmartAL master. International Mobility for Albanian Teachers from the University Fan S. Noli Korçë (UNKO) and the Agricultural University of Tirana (UBT) to the University of Hohenheim (UHOH) Dr Dorjan Marku (University Fan S. Noli Korçë) and Prof. Asoc. Dr. Ilir Kapaj (Agricultural University of Tirana) were hosted by the University of Hohenheim in the framework of the international mobilities of the SmartAL project. They worked with Prof. Reiner Doluschitz to the development of the module “Instruments and policy evaluation methods”.

A High Level Segment: A great spotlight to the project - October 2018

level segmentOn the occasion of the First Steering Committee of the SmartAL project, the CIHEAM-IAMM, in collaboration with the UBT, organized a High-Level Segment in Tirana. A large panel of stakeholders attended and debated on the optimization of the sustainable development of agricultural territories in Albania: among them, the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration, the Erasmus+ Agency in Albania, the DG Agri of the European Union, the Regional Environmental Center but also the Ambassadors of France, the Ambassadors of Greece and the Ambassador of Germany. They highlighted the interest and the necessity of such a project for the strengthening of the employability of young people which would benefit to rural areas in Albania. They also stressed the importance of the collaboration of EU countries with Albania in this context. A wide range of institutional, but also private stakeholders such as the Union of Agro Business, Krop Agricultural Consulting, Geotechniki Aigaiou emphasized the fact that the creation of such a training offer was totally coherent and fitted their needs in terms of skills as future employers. In addition to a continuous dissemination through social networks and the production of a video for the project’s website, the event was covered throughout its duration by the first Albanian channel, offering a great visibility to the project.

The 1st Steering Committee - October 2018

steering committeeThe 1st Steering Committee of the SmartAL project 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 2018. On 22 October, Magali Maire, SmartAL Project Coordinator, CIHEAM-IAMM representative, after the welcome of the consortium members, thanked them for their high involvement and commitment in the project. The members of the Steering Committee, after a presentation of the Quality Plan submitted by Dr Fatmir Guri of the UBT and Pr Pascal Chevalier of the University Paul Valéry Montpellier (UPV), in collaboration with the CIHEAMIAMM, validated it as a structural framework of the project. The Communication Plan and communications tools were then presented by Dr Ketrina Çabiri Mijo, European University of Tirana (UET), as the leader of the Communication Work Package, and validated by the Steering Committee. Finally, a reminder of the financial rules related to the Management of Capacity Building Projects as well as a financial statement of the project to date, were provided by the Coordinator. On 23 October, a reminder of the 2018-2019 Work Plan was provided by the CIHEAM-IAMM and the objectives of the mobilities of Albanian & EU teachers were detailed. Dr Elena Kokthi, Teacher and Researcher at the UET, presented her first experience of the mobility at the CIHEAM-IAMM and pairing of teachers with Dr Tahani Abdelhakim of the CIHEAM-IAMM, and the starting of a Master module design. The pairing of Albanian / EU teachers was set up, and discussions on the design of modules’ methodology were held among partners: the UBT, the UET and the University Fan S. Noli of Korçë (UNKO), as the Albanian higher education institutions of the Consortium; the University of Hohenheim (Germany), the Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece), the University Paul Valéry Montpellier (France) and the CIHEAM-IAMM (France) being the European ones.

Monitoring visit Erasmus+ in Albania

manitoring visitA preventive Field Monitoring Visit for the SmartAL projet took place from 1 to 7 June 2018 at the European University of Tirana (UET) and at the Albanian Erasmus + Office. Ms Aida Breti, Coordinator of the Erasmus+ Office in Albania, and Mr Oltion Pengu, Erasmus+ Office Staff in Albania, met with project partners in Albania and discussed the project implementation from the perspective of the Albanian institutions involved. The monitoring team acknowledged that the project made good progress towards achieving it goals and objectives. A strong incentive to continue our collective work!


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.