The Jean Monnet Chair is part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme and one of its main objectives is to promote teaching and research on European Integration within different disciplines. Under this programme, the European Commission awards for the first time in Albania, the Jean Monnet Chair in fall 2012 to Prof. Ass. Dr. Nevila Xhindi, Deputy Rector for Partnership, Research and Business Development at the European University of Tirana (UET). UET is a leading private higher education institution offering quality teaching and research in various social science disciplines: economics, politics, law, education and communication. UET is established in full compliance with the requirements and criteria of the Bologna Charter, including study programmes in the three levels of higher education: BA; MA and Doctorates (PhD).
The Jean Monnet Chair Action is entitled ‘Albania toward the EU Regional Development’, with a lifespan from 2012-2015. The overall aim of the Jean Monnet Chair is to develop theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise on EU and regional development amongst students, academics, civil society and local government in order to enhance the Albanian capacities to benefit from EU structural funds in lieu of the EU accession.
1. To stimulate excellence in teaching through renewing and expanding the academic curricula and introducing innovative and interactive teaching methods for UET students of different disciplines and students from other HEIs in the area of EU and regional development.
2. To foster research and critical analysis in the field of EU and regional development among students, young and senior scholars so as to prepare academic studies that have the potential to inform regional strategy and policy-making in Albania in lieu of the EU accession.
3. To enhance knowledge, reflection and professional capacities among Albanian stakeholders (central/local government, NGOs and other regional actors) on EU regional development policy in order for them to be better prepared to compete for and benefit from the EU structural funds in lieu of the EU accession.