Academic Year 2022-2023

Digitalization in the private sector: Providing Online Services in Albania and the EU

This course will provide access to and understanding of the European Union, its institutions, decision-making processes and policies, European integration, digital Europe, and digitalization in the private sector, focusing on Albania and Western Balkan countries. On the one hand, the course is specifically designed for students without prior knowledge of the EU. In this way, it will introduce and familiarize students with the EU for the first time, the literature on the EU, and encourage them to think analytically about the EU. On the other hand, students will become acquainted with the private sector and its dimensions in the EU and Albania, developments in digitalization within this sector, entrepreneurship creation, and the role of digitalization in enhancing competitive abilities from a customer-oriented approach as well as the risks associated with it.

 

 

MAIN CONCEPTS:

 

 

  • European Union. EU Institutions
  • European Integration / Albania’s Integration. Western Balkans;
  • Digital Strategy and the context in the Western Balkans;
  • Digitalization and digital skills; Digitalization in the private sector
  • Private Sector. Digital society.
  • Digital transformation of Entrepreneurship.
  • Practical application of knowledge by students aimed at creating more competitive enterprises in the market.

Syllabus in English can be found here

Syllabus in Albanian can be found here

Academic Year
2022-2023

Scientific Conference Presentation by Jean Monnet Module Coordinator: 

“The EU Digital Agenda implementation in Albania – The role of higher education”

Dr. Erjon Curraj, Jean Monnet Module Coordinator, presented at the Albanian Studies Days Conference in April 2023, a paper on EU Digital Agenda Implementation in Albania focusing on higher education and highlighting the experience of the Erasmus+ project Jean Monnet Module “Embracing EU Digital Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Transformation in Albania” / (EDA) at the Professional College of Tirana (KPT). Jean Monnet Module is coordinated by Dr. Erjon Curraj supported by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Full paper

Full Programme of the ASD 2023

EU integration is a national priority objective for the whole society in Albania. In spring 2018, EU launched the Digital Agenda for Western Balkans, to support the transition of the region into a digital economy and bring the benefits of the digital transformation, such as faster economic growth, more jobs, and better services. While the Government of Albania has committed to this agenda, a broad coalition of stakeholders from government, business, academia, civil society and media is needed for the full implementation of the digital agenda. In addition, in the framework of the Berlin Process and Albania’s aspirations to join the EU, strong efforts are being made following the Trieste Summit in July 2017 to establish a common regional economic zone in the Western Balkans. This will eventually help the Western Balkans converge with the single market. Digitalisation and connectivity are key policy actions in this regard too.

 

Albania, like Europe and the world, is embracing this digital transformation by creating new opportunities for citizens and business to benefit. Digital transformation disrupts society and economy ever more profoundly, by affecting issues such as jobs, wages, inequality, health, resource efficiency and security. The digitalisation has created new roles, new types of organizations, and even new sectors of the economy such as digital security and data science. The impact of digitalization has also acted as a catalyst for employment growth in the wider economy. However, digital technologies fundamentally transform organizations, with the pace of technological change exacerbating the challenge. This is why education institutions can support the digital economy and society by developing new skills and capacities of professionals and workers to fit to digital transformation. The speed of digital transformation is such that all stakeholders need to move quickly and building up digital skills of young generations is of paramount importance.

 

The findings of this paper are based on the results of a three-year implementation of the Jean Monnet Module on EU digital agenda implementation in Albania. Therefore, this paper argues that higher education institutions need to take a proactive role to better prepare and equip future generations with the necessary skills to succeed in the digital economy and society. As ever more daily tasks are carried out online, everyone needs enhanced digital skills to participate fully in society and economy. In addition to this, for Albania it is necessary to streamline its actions with the EU framework and the digital agenda is one of them.

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