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In the framework of the support to the Ministry of Education and Sport in drafting the by-laws of the Law on Higher Education and Scientific Research in Higher Education Institutions, PERFORM supported an experts retreat in Pogradec. The retreat was held on 29-31 May and the participants were gathered in three working groups: Organization of Subordinate Agencies and Institutions, Financial Issues, and Academic Standards.

The working groups were composed by civil servants from relevant departments of the Ministry of Education and Sport, heads of state agencies concerning higher education, and high-ranking officials of public and non-public universities.
The new Law on Higher Education and Scientific Research in Higher Education Institutions in the Republic of Albania was passed by the Parliament in November 2015. The Law needs to be accompanied by 53 by-laws, the drafting of which is managed by the Ministry of Education and Sport.

To facilitate the work of the Ministry, PEFORM NCU Albania supported the organization of two retreats for the working groups tasked to draft the said bylaws. The first workshop was held in March this year. PERFORM is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The overall goal of the programme is to focus on strengthening the relevance of social sciences for social and political reforms.

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