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Education & Leadership

Education
& Leadership
Education & Leadership

Our programs endeavor to cultivate the development of promising young students and professionals
who will become progressive members of Albanian society. We want to encourage them to become
more informed, responsible and active citizens thus contributing to the social, environmental and economic
well-being of the country.

Projects

New Masters & Internships Program (MIP)

Masters & Internships Program (MIP)

Albanian American Development Foundation (AADF) has established the prestigious Masters & Internships Program (MIP) to provide to Albanian young professionals, future leaders and managers a unique opportunity for professional internships and master degrees in the fields of Education Studies, Education Leadership and Management, ICT and Innovation, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Business and Management Studies, Cultural Tourism and Eco-Tourism. Furthering the mission of AADF – to facilitate the development of a sustainable economy and a democratic society in Albania – these Scholarships and Internships are designed for young and mid-career professionals who are committed to meet the challenges of the future, contributing to development of these fields upon their return.

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  • CleanScore

    CleanScore

    Quality of teaching has often been raised as a problematic area in Albania, more so in recent years with the expansion of private universities. The issue is systemic and harder to reach by reforms. Two of the factors contributing to this problem are lack of transparency in student performance evaluation, and low quality of teaching modules/textbooks. CleanScore addresses both of these problems. CleanScore will set up a digital testing center solution that helps improve transparency in student evaluation as well as improve teaching quality by substituting current local textbooks with international versions adopted in Albanian. The project will be piloted in two universities, one public and one private. CleanScore aims to introduce a new way of grading and reporting on each exam students take, as well as introduce new textbooks for specific subjects.

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  • TOEFL JUNIOR

    TOEFL JUNIOR

    In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Educational Testing Service (ETS Global), and the National Exam Agency, the Foundation is piloting TOEFL Junior in all state matura exams for students that elect to test for the B2 level of English as a second language. In an effort to bring in a global standard for English proficiency, TOEFL Junior will be used to substitute the current state exam for those high school graduates that choose to test for B2 level in English. TOEFL Junior, a brand of ETS Global, has a strong reputation, proven methodology, and is recognized in the vast majority of colleges worldwide. One of the greatest accomplishments expected through this project is that students applying for college admissions in English-speaking universities will not have to retest for TOEFL for the B2 level. Post-pilot, AADF expects to extend the TOEFL standard into all matura students, regardless of level of proficiency. It is also part of the post-pilot plan to review curricula, assess teacher proficiency, and conduct capacity building for them through the same standard.

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  • TECH Crew

    TECH Crew

    Tech Crew is an AADF initiative in cooperation with Protik Innovation Center. This project supports the creation of a network of young and talented innovators who collaborate to generate productive ideas through modelling and printing of 3D objects, in the field of information technology, electronics and robotics. Through this project, we aim to introduce 3D technology to Albania. Project beneficiaries include university students of engineering, mechatronics, electronics and computing but also designers which model 3D objects. The Tech Crew has been meeting regularly every week at Protik and has worked under the guidance of the technical support consultant. Since its initiation, the Tech Crew team has assembled 3D printers, modeled many objects in 3D (AutoCAD), and has finalized the printing of more than 15 objects. This project was just extended for another year and we expect to see more great ideas implemented from the team.

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  • Junior Achievement K-9

    Junior Achievement K-9

    Junior Achievement (JA) in K-9 is in support of the current K-9 curricular reform initiated by the Ministry of Education and Sport. JA will be the long-term solution for guaranteeing delivery of modern economic education to K-9 learners. Quality will be assured through introduction of well-designed teaching and learning materials and adequate training of the entire teaching staff. Piloting the new curriculum will precede a gradual introduction throughout the system. AADF shares the belief that solid economic education in schools translates in economic growth in years to come. JA is an internationally proven program that we adopt as methodology and adapt as content.

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  • Junior Achievement High School

    Junior Achievement High School

    Junior Achievement® (JA) is a program that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to reach their potential. The JA curriculum is delivered by community volunteers who share their personal experiences with students, transforming the key concepts of lessons into messages which empower students to believe in themselves, take initiative and build an entrepreneurial mind-set. Junior Achievement® Albania programs are offered as elective courses to 11th and 12th graders in high schools throughout Albania. Participating students learn about the 21st century global marketplace through: Business Ethics, Success Skills, Student Company, Be Entrepreneurial and Leader for a Day.

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  • LEAD Albania

    LEAD Albania

    LEAD Albania, a fellowship program similar to the White House Fellows Program, aims to provide gifted young Albanian professionals with first-hand experience in the process of governing Albania.  Fellows are assigned to senior positions within the Prime Ministry, Office of the President, Ministries, and Municipality of Tirana. The Fellowship experience is supported by an educational component where Fellows participate in seminars on: European integration, public policy, decision making, foreign policy, security policy, leadership, and soft skills development.  The program envisions that Fellows will not only learn in their positions but that they will also contribute significantly to the productivity, efficiency and innovativeness of the host institutions.

     

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  • AUBG Undergraduate Scholarships

    AUBG Undergraduate Scholarships

    In order to ensure that Albanian students with outstanding potential can have access to an American-style liberal arts education, the AADF created a program that grants scholarships to the American University of Bulgaria (AUBG) based on merit and financial need. AUBG emphasizes a liberal arts education centered on the intellectual engagement between faculty and students in and out of the classroom. It is an increasingly diverse and international institution, which now attracts students from over 40 countries and has achieved remarkable success by becoming an academic leader in Bulgaria and throughout the region. The scholarship program which first began operating in 2012 is offered to 5 students every year for eight semesters. All interested students should apply directly to AUBG.

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  • ICT Internship Program

    ICT Internship Program

    The ICT internship program allows students to utilize the resources of the Protik Center in order to provide services for businesses and institutions throughout the country. Due to increasing demand in the Albanian labor market for skilled ICT professionals, the Protik ICT Internship program seeks to enhance opportunities for those interested in pursuing careers in ICT. Students benefit from the real-life experience they attain and the networking possibilities while companies benefit from their labor and have an active role in training the next group of ICT professionals. Interested ICT students from public universities should apply directly to Protik Center.

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