The development of the Adriatic Macroregion is "graduated" in cooperation. In Trani, ten cross-border universities have signed an agreement to build a common culture according to the main EU directives, in the field of sustainable development, transport, governance, reform of school programs and higher education.The goal is to contribute to the full integration between the Italian and Balkan academic world by creating a network of ever closer relations with the societies and economies of the countries of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean basin, within the framework of a renewed European neighborhood policy . But it is also a project of reciprocity the more important the more severe the effects of the current crisis on the global economy, a condition that risks hindering the full integration of the Balkans into the European Union and an essential condition for stable democracies. The project is called "Alum - Adriatic Linked Universities”And was presented by Lum Jean Monnet, the University of Casamassima-Bari which proposes itself as the seat of the secretariat of the new network between the universities of Italy, Albania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Greece and Romania. Network that could be an important tool to support Adriatic-Ionian cooperation. For the rector of Lum Jean Monnet, Emanuele Degennaro an agreement was signed that "by bringing together ten Adriatic Universities, it allows joint research projects, international research doctorates, exchange of teachers and students, cultural exchanges and internationalization of the respective Universities. Expectations? Enabling growth both in their territories, in their students, in their teachers and in ours, which gives them the chance to go there from these universities, from the Balkan and Adriatic cultural world, those that are culture and local knowledge to understand what can be done together to make territories and businesses grow and develop ". Illyria University of Tirana is the Albanian partner of the project "Alum - Adriatic Linked Universities" che in addition to the Italian University involves other 8: Megatrend University (Serbia), Podgorica Mediteran University (Montenegro), South East European University of Tetovo (Fruit salad), University of Macedonia of Thessaloniki (Greece), University of Primorska (Slovenia), University of Pristina (Kosovo), University of Rijeka (Croatia) e University of Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The project Improving the quality standards of university education and research in the Euro-Mediterranean area in sectors where higher education plays an important role for the region and its socio-economic development, such as public administration reform or the internationalization of businesses, means building the foundations for penetrating European policies through decentralized cooperation. Hence the leading role of local authorities and research centers and universities, of scientific networks and of small and medium-sized enterprises as possible engines for the development of relations not only cultural, but above all economic, social and political, according to one of the points central to the Lisbon strategy that aims to build "the knowledge economy". At the geographical level, the main novelty of the Forum of Adriatic Universities is the full inclusion of the Adriatic area in the Euro-Mediterranean partnership and the priority given to four countries: Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. At the same time, there is the possibility of expanding the area of inter-university cooperation to those who have already been active in this field for years, such as Unimed, the consortium that brings together 85 European and Mediterranean universities also in the Adriatic-Ionian area (in Albania is associated with the University of Tirana and the American University of Tirana). Objectives of the Forum In addition to the definition of interdisciplinary research in the field of sustainable development linked to communities and territories, the economy and finance up to the issue of the environment, the project aims at a system of permanent cooperation between universities, centers of research and specialized scientific institutions, both private and public institutions, through specific exchange programs able to improve the mobility of teachers and students. They are also in the pipeline: the establishment of a Master of Science in Adriatic Studies to promote university integration and mobility and encourage greater mobility of teachers and students within the Adriatic area; the establishment of an interdisciplinary master (Mba or Master) on policies aimed at ensuring the development of the Adriatic area (in the field of ecology, transport, trade, tourism, art and culture, etc.); a research doctorate program on the sustainable development of the Adriatic area built on the experiences of the existing international research doctorate in economics and management of natural resources; a scientific journal of Adriatic Studies, the creation of a common virtual Adriatic library and a possible collaboration in terms of joint publications; a prize to be awarded for the best Master's and Doctoral thesis; meetings, seminars, symposia, debates and other scientific and professional meetings on topics of common interest to the 10 partners and, finally, the project of an Observatory on the intergenerational transfer of small and medium-sized companies.
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