Education has always played a very important role in Albanian society. During the years of the communist regime there existed a network of professional schools that formed technicians and one of classical high schools similar to the Italian ones, in which young people were formed who then continued their university studies.
To have a degree meant to have more prestige and a better socio-economic position. However, those who attended the university came from communist families or, at best, from families not persecuted by the regime. Certainly a very selective environment. The degree guaranteed by law the access to the Olympus of the intellectual class of the country, and it was the dream of every parent who made enormous sacrifices to be able to allow it to their children. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Albania also moved towards a progressive liberalization of the university system. In the last 18 years the number of public universities and young people who continue their university studies abroad has increased. The preferred destinations are mainly Italy, the United States, Great Britain, but also other European countries. Finally, university knowledge and education are within everyone's reach, and as a result the number of students enrolled in the various faculties continues to grow, thanks also to the opening of private universities, almost all concentrated in the Albanian capital, Tirana. Getting authorization to open a private university in Albania is not very difficult, just know where to go and what to offer in return. This has allowed the proliferation of so many private universities that have almost prohibitive fees for the standard of living of the average Albanian. Often these universities have turned into factories, greatly reducing the social value of the degree. The easier it will be to obtain a degree in a paid university, the less qualitative the training of students will be, which tomorrow will be the country's ruling class. Obviously, among private universities, there are those that offer quality teaching, but in most cases, the training of students who attend them leaves much to be desired and often responds to a new need for Albanian society: the degree or "piece of paper "as it is called in Italy. So, no matter the cultural level of the graduate, it is important to have something that certifies your university education. It happens so that characters of various genres can open a private university in Albania even though the sources of funding are not very transparent if not unknown in some cases. It happens, for example, that Professor Salvatore Messina, convicted in Italy for fraud against the European Union, for having organized, according to the judges, non-existent courses to pocket EU funding for over 6 million, can open in Tirana the European University of Tourism (for further ).
In a normal country, with the necessary controls, this could not have happened. Surely this new university will begin, if it is not already doing so, to present projects to the EU, and if the money can disappear in Italy and even easier to make them disappear in Albania.
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