EUT in its second decennial

 In its second decennial, EUT aims to consolidate its identity as the main centre of knowledge production in Albania and to further its transformation from an institution of higher education focused almost exclusively on teaching to an elite research entity whose academic output is respected and contributes to the improvement of teaching and student experience. To achieve these goals this strategy enumerates and details EUT’s objectives and instruments to structure, advance, standardise and internationalise its academic research.   



EUT’s research strategy reflects the university’s philosophy and its research objectives. EUT aims to transform itself into a hub of expertise in the field of social sciences, humanities, legal studies, economy, and information technology. EUT’s further aim is to become a centre of excellence for publishing high-quality research with a potentially important contribution in the national and regional policy debate. UET’s objective is to fulfil these aims through collaborations with credible national and international partners. Academic research at EUT is also, as importantly, undertaken towards perfecting teaching quality and student experience by improving the range and depth of expertise the faculty possess and thereby transferring knowledge to students and acquainting them at an early stage with the research process.  

UET will erect and continuously perfect an appropriate research infrastructure enabling timely and quality research. This supportive infrastructure will contribute towards increasing the research output and cooperation with other research institutions by relying on funding from public and private entities and other international partners. 


EUT’s research strategy implementation is based upon four elements: implementation mechanisms, which are development by the departments; integrated research plans, which are developed by the deans’ offices; monitoring and evaluation, which is directed by the Academic Senate; and financing of uni- and multi-disciplinary projects, which is led by the Board for the Financing of Academic Research.

Specifically, UET makes available a support grant for the scientific research, from which: (i) 85% of the fund goes for the internal UET academic staff; (ii) 10% goes for the visiting academic staff- UET Research Visiting Fellows; (iii) 5% goes for research projects of UET students. EUT aims to use the financing of scientific research undertaken by its academic staff towards the staff’s continuous professional development, to aid in the staff’s progress through academic ranks and titles, and to improve the institutions research reputation as a centre of excellence in Albania and the Western Balkan region.

Implementing Structures:

The full implementation of EUT’s Research Strategy 2017-2020 is one of the most important priorities of the university, which is led by the Vice Rector for Research, Methodology and Internal Quality, the Office for Research and Doctoral Studies, and the office of Project Development and International Collaboration. 

dritaProf. Dr. Drita Kruja Vice Rector for Research, Methodology and Internal Quality

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Prof. Dr. Drita Kruja finished her graduate and postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Economics in Tirana, Albania. She has carried out scientific research at the University of Bologna and Firenze , Italy; University of Social Sciences of Roskilde,Denmark; University of Applied Sciences in Bocholt and Eberswalde, Germany; Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain; Economics University, Prague, Czech Republic; Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Obuda University, Hungary; Sandhills Community College, USA, etc.

As a team leader and member, Prof. Dr. Kruja has worked on a number of research projects at local, national and international levels. She has authored or co-authored three university books; two book chapters published by Routledge, and has published the articles and conference papers. She is also a reviewer of many international high-impact journals.



Elvin Gjevori, PhDDirector for Research and Doctoral Studies

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Elvin Gjevori is a political scientist who focuses on the study of democratisation, institutional consolidation and political transitions in emerging democracies. Dr Gjevori received his PhD from Dublin City University, Ireland and then was Swedish Institute Research Fellow at Malmo University, Sweden. Dr Gjevori has published a number of articles on Albania in prestigious academic outlets and has published a book with Palgrave Macmillan titled: Democratisation and Institutional Reform in Albania. In January 2017 Dr Gjevori re-joined the EUT team as director for research and doctoral studies where he coordinates academic research and continuous training and staff development at EUT.