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First Steering Committee of the SmartAL Project

Erasmus+ 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.

On the 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.

She referred to the Preventive Field Monitoring Visit for the SmartAL project led by the Erasmus+ Agency in Albania in June 2018 during one week at the European University of Tirana and at the Albanian Erasmus + Office: Ms Aida Breti, Coordinator of the Erasmus+ Office in Albania and her team, met the 3 Albanian Universities representatives and discussed the project implementation from the perspective of the Albanian institutions involved.

The monitoring team acknowledged that the project has made good progress towards achieving it goals and objectives. The Erasmus+ Office also took note of the good pace of implementation of the activities related to the first work packages developed to date.

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SmartAL Project High Level Segment

On the occasion of the First Steering Committee of the SmartAL “Sustainable management of Albanian Territories, rural areas and agriculture: Instrument, policies, strategies” Capacity Building-Erasmus+ project, the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier (CIHEAM-IAMM) (Magali Maire, coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in collaboration with the Agricultural University of Tirana, the European University of Tirana, the University Fan S. Noli, Korçe, organized a High Level Segment on 22 October 2018 in Tirana, Albania.

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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. The objective of this Erasmus+ / capacity building project, funded partly by European funds, is to create a series of Master-Level Training Modules (master’s degree, Executive Master, doctoral courses) in line with the European specifications and focused on the theme of sustainable management of Albanian Rural Territories

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. The meeting, organized by the European University of Tirana, as the leader of Work Package 1 (WP1) envisaged the presentation of market research findings, project details and discussions and inputs with stakeholders. Local stakeholders and representatives of Albanian Development Fund of Agricultural and Rural Development, Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, Municipality of Tirana, as well as several academics were engaged in a fruitful discussion about needs assessment of the labor market and curricula development of the future master.

Design Workshop

First 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. Organized by and in the premises of the Universiteti "FAN S. NOLI" Korçë, with the participation of the partners from Universiteti Bujqesor i TiranesUniversiteti Europian i Tiranës, and the Ciheam - IAMM as the Coordinator, the meeting was first dedicated to the Presentation of the Job Market Study & training needs and of the Concertation meeting results. Secondly the meeting proceeded with presentation of a draft curriculum, and the teachers’ capacity building plan and of a teachers’ twinning program with an Albanian/EU pair of teachers, by the Agricultural University of Tirana (UBT) and the European University of Tirana (UET).


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.