Rector’s welcome

Rector’s welcome

Dear visitors of our site,

After 25 years of very successful performance of the Co-PLAN Institute, and 15 years of POLIS University, we can now say without any hesitation that POLIS enjoys a reputation in public opinion as a quality educational and research institution, well-focused, specialized, and with the fully deserved “University” status!
We firmly believe that the education process is a mission, a social responsibility, and a joint effort of society, where we as an academic institution naturally have the main responsibility!
Inspiration, exploration, deepening, positive thinking and challenging reality are some of the main principles we rely on in the education process. But in addition to academic activity, U_POLIS today also conducts scientific and practical research, innovation development activities, activism and public interest initiatives.
In fact, U_POLIS is an alternative university that originated precisely from a professional and civic movement like Co-PLAN, and that today aims to bring a new spirit to the professions of art-design-architecture, engineering sciences and the expertise of settlements and territory .

Prof. Dr. Besnik Aliaj | Rector U_POLIS | Tirana, Albania

We have designed a rich, but focused menu of programs and academic specialties at all 4 levels of the educational spectrum (professional, university, post-graduate), including: professional school, bachelor and master studies, as well as executive studies and doctoral. These programs are offered both full-time and extended-time, adapting to the needs of students, society and institutions.
In addition to international recognition, in the region and in the country, POLIS has meanwhile joined several European university and professional networks, and has tangible agreements and partnerships with prominent international institutions, including joint programs and projects. POLIS is the first signatory of the “Bologna Charter” in the country, and has successfully passed all tests and evaluations of legal conformity and quality. It is among the few institutions of higher education in the country that has successfully and on time completed all institutional and programmatic accreditation processes within the country, and now has accreditations at the international level. Today we have joint degrees with European universities, and a unique international doctoral program.
In order to enable its objectives and its mission, POLIS aims to create a clear professional and civic leadership for the sciences of the city and territory, which enables the most livable spaces; more equal and stable cities over time; as well as a taste and public aesthetics that educates society itself! The academic and research staff at POLIS do not claim to know the “absolute truth” even though their independence is respected to the maximum by the student community, this as a “sacred” moral asset for the school authority! But in our common concept, the good teacher is an intermediary between the student and the truth, which everyone discovers in his own way, and of course, with the professional help of our qualified team. And this is not accidental: today 1/3 of the staff at POLIS are international staff, 1/3 are staff graduates from the best EU and North American universities, while the rest represent absolutely the most tradition and expertise well local, in our areas of interest! But we remain maximally open to new, alternative and contemporary concepts and ideas.
Therefore, students at POLIS come with the inspiration to change and improve the “world” and are ready to experiment with their ideas. It is our duty to give free rein to this imagination and facilitate them to overcome conceptual and cultural barriers; to stimulate them to transcend into a new and unknown dimension, which stimulates their professional exploratory skills. These students bring with them the cultural background from different contexts of all regions of Albania, as well as Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, and even from other countries! Meanwhile, POLIS is located in a campus which takes even further the concept of POLIS as a “city within the city” and “city within the building”. In this campus, we have multiplied the teaching surface, as we have added public spaces and other facilities in an infrastructural object that constitutes an originality for the conception of architecture, energy efficiency and the construction of schools in general. It could not be otherwise, since the love, fantasy, and good energy of the staff and students have been poured into this project of our Metro-POLIS studio, from conception to design to implementation.
Every detail in POLIS, starting from the facilities, the spirit conveyed to the students, the involvement in international experiences, the selection of local and foreign staff, the teaching practices, constitute a catalyst of diversity and freedom of thought.
The development strategy of our University is built precisely on the commitment to increase quality and focus on development and innovation. These efforts are further supported by scientific research; organization of international architecture biennials TAW and design TDW; Earth Days, social activities, establishment of publishing unit; the exchange of knowledge with lecturers, researchers and academics who come from partner universities in Europe and the USA, the improvement of academic programs and the connection with innovative technologies to respond to the needs of the labor market and the challenges of society!.
It is our duty to uphold the civic and creative spirit of staff and students in every field of study at POLIS University.
Meanwhile, we invite you to become part of this free space for thought.