The 2018-2019 academic year marked a historic moment in Albanian education thanks to the many students who protested for an improvement in the entire university system.
And not only that, because the current academic year also has a negative trend - which lasted for four years now - regarding the total number of students enrolled.
The total students enrolled in the 2018-2019, in fact, amount to 139.043, about 5% more than a year ago. The preferred faculties continue to remain those of economics and law, with around 24% of total students.
However, in the last year these faculties have registered a decrease of 11% caused mainly by the fact that the numerous students enrolled in economics and law in recent years have caused a saturation of the labor market in these two areas.
This is followed by medical faculties with 20.727 students enrolled (15% of the total), about 4% more than a year ago and the faculty of engineering with around 14% of the total and a growth compared to 7% a year ago . More detached the faculties of social sciences and journalism and information, with around 10% of students total for a value of more than 14.000 enrolled.
Although the government has tried to encourage students to choose faculties related to education sciences, this branch showed a decrease in 6%. The same is also true for the faculties of art and human sciences, which have reduced their number of students enrolled for this academic year.
What is interesting to note in the 2018-2019 is the growing interest in studying in faculties such as information and communication technology or in services. In fact, job opportunities for those who complete these courses of study are higher not only in Albania but also abroad.
Germany, for example, is recruiting new graduate specialists or the first years of work experience in countries such as Albania, as it has been doing for a few years for medical graduates. The umpteenth brain drain.
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