Scientific research is an integral and necessary part of higher education, POLIS University aware that it can do even more in this direction, we are satisfied with the fact that scientific research has been part of the institutional activity since its genesis.
The indisputable advantage has been the fact that POLIS University was built on several years of experience of Co-PLAN, an institute with a wide range of scientific and applied research projects. As a result, the process has been a transition from research to teaching, which is naturally more natural, effortless and sustainable than the other way around.
However, alongside the experience of Co-PLAN and that of POLIS University itself, scientific and applied research remains the most important challenge facing the institution, which already tries to operate at the regional and European level to bring a tangible impact through to the research it develops.
The implementation of knowledge gained in concrete projects from continuous scientific research and academic work has managed to show results by winning the following projects.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program available over 7 years (2014-2020). This program promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 is open to everyone, with a simple structure that reduces red tape and time so participants can focus on what is really important. This approach makes sure new projects get off the ground quickly – and achieve results faster.
POLIS University has participated in two Horizon 2020 projects; this can be considered not only an achievement, but also a responsibility for the institution.
Project Title: Traffic Safety Cultures and the Safe Systems Approach – Towards a Cultural Change Research and Innovation Agenda for Road Safety
Project Title: OIKOnet: A Global Multidisciplinary Network on Housing Research and Learning
Erasmus+ programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.
Erasmus+ replaces seven programmes bringing together: The Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig and Jean Monnet), The Youth in Action programme, Five international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries), The new sport action.
Erasmus+ program is based on three pillars:
Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals supports mobility in the education, training and youth sectors and aims to bring long lasting benefits to the participants and the organizations involved.
Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, make it possible for organizations from different participating countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.
Duration: 3 years (15/10/2017-15/10-2020
Project reference number: 585961- EPP-1-2017-1-AL-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP
Programme: Erasmus +
Action: Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE)
The project aims at set up in Albania an innovative IT based platform for graduates tracking and employability at support of policy making and HE reform. The platform is different with respect to existent experiences (databases/job intermediaries): it is an integrated and certified demand/supply matching model based on the online DB of Albanian graduates, easily “replicable” in new universities.
Key Action 3: Support for policy reform provides grants for a wide variety of actions aimed at stimulating innovative policy development, policy dialogue and implementation, and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth. The majority of them are managed by the EACEA. Most of the actions under KA3 are managed outside the annual general call for proposals.
POLIS University has participated in seven Key Action projects; this can be considered not only an achievement, but also a responsibility for the institution.
Project Title: Credit Mobility in collaboration with me Minho University, Portugal.
Period: 2016 – 2017
Project Title: Credit Mobility in collaboration with me Building College Riga, Latvia.
Period: 2016 – 2017
Project Title: “Strategic support on strengthening the quality assurance structures at the private higher education institutions in Albania”
Period: 2015 – 2018
Project Title: Credit Mobility in collaboration with Ipag Business School, Paris, France.
Period: 2015 – 2017
Project Title: Credit Mobility in collaboration with Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Holand.
Project Title: Credit Mobility in collaboration with Building College Riga, Latvia.
TEMPUS is the European Union’s programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the EU’s surrounding area. Tempus promotes institutional cooperation that involves the European Union and Partner Countries and focuses on the reform and modernisation of higher education systems in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region.
Tempus I (1990): The trans-European mobility scheme for university studies (hereinafter referred to as Tempus) was adopted by the Council, ‘within a perspective of five years, for an initial pilot phase of three years.’ This first phase of the Tempus programme was launched to respond to the modernisation needs of the higher education sector in Central and Eastern European countries, following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Countries: Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia (from 1993 as Czech and Slovak Republics).
Tempus II (1993): The second phase of the Trans-European Cooperation Scheme for Higher Education, Tempus II, was adopted by the European Council for a period of 4 years as of 1 July 1994. Partner Countries included during 1993 were Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Belarus. Tempus II was extended in 1996 so that activities could continue until 2000. Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan were included in the programme.
Tempus III (1999): The Council adopted the third phase of the Trans-European cooperation scheme for higher education (Tempus III) for the period from 2000 to 2006. July 1, 2000 Tempus III was initiated.
Tempus IV (2008): Tempus IV was initiated to cover the 2007 – 2013 period and results from a positive impact study which recognised that Tempus was an important instrument for supporting higher education reforms in the Partner Countries.
POLIS University has participated in two Tempus Projects and is so far the only Albanian university leading an EU financed program. This can be considered not only an achievement, but also a responsibility for the institution.
Project Title: Developing and Adapting Professional Programs for Energy Efficiency in the Western Balkans
Period: 2013 – 2016
Project Title: Connecting Science-Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovations
Period: 2013 – 2016
Developing research capacity and delivering research results, are keys to the institutional mission of POLIS University, aiming for an international reputation for innovative research. The engaged researchers are actively participating in collaborations and partnerships locally and globally, to produce research that responds to major social, economic and environmental challenges of national and international importance, as well as fundamental research into the built environment in Albania and the Balkan region.
POLIS University apart from projects of Erasmus+, Horizon2020 etc programs, is engaged in other EU funded projects, this can be considered not only an achievement, but also a responsibility for the institution.
Project Title: FuturA-Future Architecture Platform
Period: 2015 – 2016
Referring to bilateral cooperation of POLIS University with other institutions has shown a good progress not only in the framework of joint research regional projects but also international ones.
Project Title: Down to Earth: Earthen Architecture in Eastern Europe
Project Title: NUFFIC
Project Title: Western Balkan-From Historical Integration to Contemporary Active Participation
Project Title: Participation by Architecture (DAAD)
Project Title: Bed and Bunker (DAAD)
Project Title: MATRA Social Transformation Program Fostering Partnerships for Equitable Cities-Capacity building for participatory spatial planning
Project Title: Regional Restoration Camps
Project Title: Kampi i Restaurimit Voskopojë
Bilateral research project
• ZEB – Zero Energy Building- Research Project between POLIS University and Istituto per le Tecnologie della Costruzione (ITC)- Milano, Italy (2019-2021)
• “Sustainable Urban Development of the Peripheries between Graz and Tirana, Sprawl vs Density” between POLIS University and Graz University, Austria (2019-2021)
• “The re-use of existing structures in Austria and Albania” between POLIS University and FH Joanneum, Austria (2019-2021)
One of the strongest points of POLIS University is the realization of applied research through various projects and professional consultancies offered with high quality and seriousness.
Project Name: International Competition, European 2011. Peja Kosovo
Project Name: Urban and Territorial Development of Tetova.
Project Name: International Competition, National Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan
Project Name: International Competition, Northern Boulevard of Tirana
Project Name: Land Use Plan, Zagori Municipality
Project Name: Local General Plan, Bajram Curri Municipality
Project Name: Land Use Plan, Krumë Municipality
Project Name: Local General Plan, Burrel Municipality
Project Name: Riviera: Southern Coastline and Settlements, International Urban Design Competition
Project Name: Revitalization of alleys in the historic center of Shkodra
Project Name: Osum Island in Berat: international urban design competition.
Project Name: Land Use Plan, Shkodër Municipality.
All the projects are a clear proof that after a decade of work U_POLIS has built a unique profile in the market and has continuously increased its visibility through active participation in competitions, national & international projects and winning many of them.
• TEMPUS-JPCR-543782-2013-AL “Developing an adapting professional program for energy efficiency in the Western Balkans”/ DAPEEWB (2013-2017)
• TEMPUS-JPHES – 543742-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-AT “Connecting Science- Society Collaboration Network for Sustainable Development”/ CONSUS (2013-2016)
• TRAFIC SAFETY CULTURE/ TraSaCu/ Ref. numb. 645690 (2015-2018)
Life Long Learning Program:
• OIKONET: A global multidisciplinary network on housing research and learning
• FUTURE ARCHITECTURE Ref. no. 562287-CREA-1-2015-1-SI-CULT-PLAT
Erasmus + CBHE Program:
• “Strategic support on strengthening the quality assurance structures at the private higher education institutions in Albania”
giz Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
• “Intensive training on ceramic and glass crafts and technique”
Bilateral research project:
• “Down to earth” between POLIS University and Technical University of Wien (2014-2016)
Erasmus + CBHE Program:
• Graduates Advancement and Development of University capacities in Albania/ GRADUA
585961- EPP-1-2017-1-AL-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP (2017-2021)
• Developing Research and Innovation Capacities in Albania and Kosovo/ DRIVE;
610307- EPP-1-2019-1-AL- EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (2020-2023)
• Accelerating Western Balkans University Modernization by Incorporating Virtual Technologies/ VTECH;
• Inclusive Tertiary Education in West Balkans/ IDEA;
• Strengthening university autonomy and increasing accountability and transparency of Western Balkans Universities/ STAND;